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Utilizing Location Technology to Help Protect Healthcare Staff

What can be done to increase the safety of healthcare staff? Implementing an automated staff duress solution can help keep patients as well as staff safe during a confrontation or other threatening situations.

CenTrak Donates RTLS Equipment to Students in Philadelphia

To foster future leadership in technology, CenTrak has donated a variety of its Real-Time Location System (RTLS) equipment to Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. The system will be used for student projects in the university’s Innovation Studio, as well as for safety protocol compliance and asset management in the chemistry lab and machine shop.

Manage Resident Wandering — Sundown Syndrome and How It Affects Senior Care

For caregivers dealing with residents who have sundown syndrome, the end of the day can be a difficult and trying time. This common disorder has been a subject of increasing research, with doctors hoping to figure out the exact cause of sundown syndrome and why it does not impact all assisted living residents with dementia. What’s especially worrying about sundown syndrome is it can lead residents to wander, sparking added concern for senior facilities. How can assisted living communities address the problems caused by this phenomenon?

The Secret to Gaining Staff Buy-in for RTLS

For many healthcare facilities, one of the biggest challenges of implementing a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) is staff acceptance. What holds employees back from transitioning to RTLS? For some, its myths surrounding the safety of the technology; for others, it’s a lack of training by supervisors on what they will use the data for (where are all my Big Brother fans at?!). So, how do you gain staff buy-in? Find out more in this blog.

Healthcare’s Hierarchy of Location Needs

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Manager

In Psychology, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, often depicted as a pyramid, is a theory explaining people’s motivations to achieve certain needs. This concept revolves around the notion that some of these needs take precedence over others. The Location Adoption Model understands this hierarchy and provides a solution to help healthcare facilities meet their most imperative visibility needs first while simultaneously providing them a road map to address others later down the line.

5 Things to Consider When Implementing a Real-Time Location System

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

RTLS is more than a way to “find your stuff.” Healthcare is beginning to view Enterprise Location Services as a valuable utility, enabling new workflow efficiencies and improvements to patient care. Selecting and deploying a Real-Time Location System may seem like a daunting undertaking. Learn more about the features that we recommend when searching for an RTLS solution.

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Location Data at HIMSS 2017: The Solution to Improving Patient Engagement and Clinical Workflow

George Sun; Senior Director, Corporate Accounts

At HIMSS 2017, the booths of RTLS industry leaders were busier than ever with people who had some knowledge of the technology and were looking for a solution to an existing problem. More and more, healthcare facilities are looking at real-time location data as an essential utility to their clinical operations.

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf: How to Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Increase Patient Safety

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

We’ve all heard the story of the boy who cried wolf. Similar to the story, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses cites that between 72% and 99% of all clinical alarms are false. This high number of false alarms has led to a healthcare phenomenon known as alarm fatigue. Alarm fatigue occurs when clinicians become desensitized to or experience sensory overload when exposed to the constant noise of the alarms. Consequently, rather than signaling that something is wrong with a patient, the alarms become background noise that clinicians perceive as part of their normal working environment. What can be done to combat this phenomenon and protect patients when the danger is real?

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The Buzz about BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy in Healthcare

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

While different types of wireless technologies have been used for decades in medical devices and healthcare, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is a fairly recent innovation that is changing the way the healthcare industry is experiencing wireless connectivity. Continue reading for information on how implement and leverage BLE technology, including Wayfinding and other advanced location-based use cases.

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Improving Resident Caregiver Satisfaction – How Visibility Technology Can Fight Against Staff Shortages

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

This week, it was reported that the demand for new caregivers at assisted living communities is at an all-time high due to current staff shortages. As a result of a combination of extraordinary responsibility and a long list of duties, these resident communities are facing a lot of staffing changes and caregiver turnover. This revolving door of caretakers not only is concerning to residents, but hinders community efficiency and workflow. Is there anything that can be done to combat these shortages and improve caregiver satisfaction? 

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Automated Staff Duress and Panic Alerting Can Reduce Safety Woes

Lisa Castore, Marketing Intern

Half of all nonfatal but serious injuries occurring in the workplace happen in healthcare and social service settings. Not only is this statistic estimated to be much lower than the true number of healthcare staff attacks, as many assaults go unreported, some assaults do actually end in mortalities. Now more than ever, hospital executives are faced with the question, how can we ensure that our personnel are safe without infringing on a comforting patient experience? 

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Safeguarding Blood Inventory: A Critical Component of Patient Care

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Considered to be a hospital staple, blood is used in almost every department. To save lives, hospitals must always have a supply of blood available when patients need it. As red blood cells can only be stored for 42 days, and platelets expire after a short 5 day period, ensuring that blood is preserved and maintained properly is critical. Learn more about the most common uses for blood throughout the US.

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Do More with Less Using RTLS – A Response to the Staffing Shortage in Healthcare

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

With the staffing shortage crisis in healthcare, facilities must find ways to optimize their current resources while maintaining their focus on quality care. CenTrak’s mission is to help hospital leadership do more with less – increasing efficiencies, lowering costs and improving both patient and staff satisfaction. Learn how enterprise location services and a Clinical-Grade Visibility platform can be leveraged:

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Medical Scope Management: 3 dirty scopes, 16 infected patients

The LA Times recently released an article about 11 hospital patient deaths at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena The killer? Medical scope mismanagement.. The outbreak began in January 2013 and continued until August 2015, resulting in 16 infected patients, including 11 who have since died. While only one of the 11 death certificates lists the bacteria found on Huntington’s medical scopes as the cause of death, these mortalities reveal the dangers of improper medical scope management. 

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Choosing the Most Advanced Healthcare Infant Security Solution

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

The best way for healthcare facilities to protect newborns is to be proactive rather than reactive by installing a clinical-grade infant protection system. These infant security systems offer cost-effective, facility-wide protection for babies, defending them against abduction attempts and allowing clinical staff to know the precise location of every infant at all times. Learn more about how this platform can protect your most precious bundles.

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5 Lessons Learned When Implementing RTLS

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

We’ve asked a few of our top customers, “What advice would you offer to those implementing RTLS in their hospitals?” Read on to discover the top 5 lessons learned!

Patient Satisfaction at Geisinger

The New Money Back Guarantee for Unsatisfied Patients

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

Earlier this week, there was an interesting story regarding how Geisinger Health System is offering patients the ability to request their money back if they are not satisfied with their quality of care. This “money-back guarantee” concept, which we are used to seeing in a consumer-retail environment, demonstrates how serious hospitals are viewing patient satisfaction.You may be wondering how a hospital could support such a bold guarantee and what they are doing to raise the level of patient care and experience. Read on to learn more about this initiative and discover some innovative technologies being used at Geisinger.

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Improving Patient Care and Satisfaction: Next Phase of Healthcare IT at HIMSS 2016

Steve Bollinger, Vice President of Sales

While HIMSS16 is ultimately a healthcare conference, in past years it has been more tech-IT focused and less patient-centric. The goal has always been to leverage technology on behalf of the patient. This year was different. Future trends are moving toward bringing technology to the bedside. There is a real opportunity for facilities to utilize an enterprise-wide visibility platform. This technology provides healthcare facilities with the means to ultimately increase patient care and satisfaction, leading to a better overall experience.

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Measuring Hand Hygiene Compliance: Direct Observation vs. Electronic Monitoring

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

The importance of accurate hand hygiene measurement and its role in reducing HAIs is universally recognized. With the recent deployment of advanced technologies such as Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS), there are innovative, automatic, and more efficient monitoring tools to help drive true improvement in hand hygiene compliance. By using this technology, hospitals can audit hand hygiene processes, reduce the spread of unnecessary infections, improve patient outcomes, and lower healthcare costs. Isn’t it time hand hygiene compliance monitoring be brought up to the same technological standards as the rest of healthcare?

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Assisted Living Wandering Residents – Reasons & Management

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Wandering is extremely prevalent in residents who are suffering from some degree of cognitive impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s estimated that 60% of all residents with these diseases will wander. Residents may attempt to wander or leave the facility for a variety of reasons that may not always be immediately apparent. What can assisted living facilities do to protect their residents?

How RTLS Technology is Enhancing the Patient Experience

Gretchen Makela, Channel Marketing Partner

Healthcare is at the forefront of utilizing advanced technology to help streamline processes and provide a more healing environment to patients. When fully adapted by staff, technology like RTLS is helping to automate the documentation of data, enrich staff communications, and heighten safety; all to enhance the overall patient care experience.

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Prevent Vaccine Product Loss with a Wireless Temperature Monitoring Solution

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Flu season is one of the busiest times of the year for pharmacies as vaccines are in high demand with only a limited supply available. Since flu and other vaccines are a crucial part to ensuring the well-being of people around the world, it’s essential that they be stored and maintained in an environment that ensures they are available when needed. So how do pharmacies and healthcare facilities protect their valuable vaccine inventory?

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Optimized Patient Flow with Staff, Patient and Asset Tracking in the Emergency Department

Gretchen Makela, Channel Marketing Partner

The Emergency Department is a fast-moving environment with a diverse, highly variable patient population and multiple entry points, exit points, and alternate paths. According to the American Hospital Association, the top causes of poor patient flow are communications and visibility of data. Learn more on how implementing a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) for hospital staff, patients, and assets, can eliminate many manual processes, enhance patient flow, and reduce patient response times for better patient care. 

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What Level of RTLS Precision Does Healthcare Require?

Ron Goldey, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Last week, a colleague and I attended HealthAchieve 2015 in Toronto where RTLS technology is becoming more prevalent in today’s hospitals. During the many conversations we had throughout the conference, numerous healthcare executives and clinical staff members inquired about the level of accuracy they would need from their RTLS solution provider. The question was often phrased “Will the accuracy be within (x number of) meters of its identified location?” However, it is important to note that in a clinical setting this estimated location, “within a few meters,” isn’t precise enough for many RTLS applications in healthcare. 

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Real-Time Staff Locating Helps to Improve Efficiency and Staff Satisfaction

Gretchen Makela, Channel Marketing Partner

A clinical staff member’s time is spread thin between caring for patients, attending meetings, documenting information, and responding to calls and problems throughout the hospital. With so many variable processes taking place throughout the hospital, a Real-Time Location System (RTLS) identifies the location of clinical staff members throughout the facility and integrates with your nurse call system to improve workflow, patient response times, automate records, and keep staff safe.

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Resident Tracking is Superior to Security Cameras for Assisted Living Facilities

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

While all long-term care facilities should have a security system in place to protect their residents and staff, security cameras may be the first solution that comes to mind, but they may not be the best. So what can assisted living facilities do to simultaneously protect their residents in real-time and respect their privacy? 

Hospital Infection Control with RTLS

The Possibility of Eliminating HAIs Using Real-Time Tracking Technology

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

Due to factors such as insufficient application of hygienic practices and hospital protocols, HAIs are among the leading causes of patient disability and mortality as well as financial loss for healthcare institutions. RTLS enables medical centers to mitigate the spread of HAIs and other infections – saving lives, decreasing overall cost, and increasing reimbursements.

Hospital Staff Duress

Protect the Safety and Security of Healthcare Staff with a Duress and Panic Alert System

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Nurses are often described as the backbone of all hospitals and other healthcare facilities. They’re the people who spend most of their time bed-side with all different types of patients whom are often stressed-out, uncomfortable, and frustrated for having to be there. This type of scenario can sometimes lead to unsafe and potentially life-threatening situations. While attacks on nurses and other healthcare personnel don’t happen every day, when they do occur, they can be sudden and serious. How can hospitals and other healthcare facilities protect their staff?

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RTLS vs. RFID – The Common Misperception

Stacy Roberts, Marketing Manager

Buzzing around the RTLS and Healthcare industry like we do, we often hear people use the words Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) interchangeably. If you’re one of them, don’t panic; it has been a common misconception throughout the years. While RFID and RTLS solutions can both be classified as location-based services, the two are not the same. So, what are RFID and RTLS technologies exactly and how do they differ?

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Temperature and Environmental Monitoring Systems Prevent Vaccine Spoilage

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Every August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) highlighting the benefits that vaccines have, not only for an individual but for the entire human population. Just in time for NIAM, the 2015 Google Science Fair finalist, Anuradh Ganesan, has designed a futuristic device that will save the lives of 1.5 million children each year.

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Clinical-Grade Infant Security Systems Ensure Proper Matching of Mothers and Newborns

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

This past January, a newborn baby boy was accidentally paired with the wrong mother at a private hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Unknowingly, the hospital staff brought the infant into the room of another baby’s parents for over 45 minutes. This maternity ward mix-up left the parents traumatized and they claim that the incident greatly affected their overall connection with their son. Is there a way that hospitals can prevent these mother-baby mismatches?

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Improving Patient Satisfaction with RTLS Enabled Nurse Rounding Programs

Tony Natale, Director of Strategic Partnerships

“Trust, but verify” is a Russian proverb made famous by Ronald Reagan back during the late days of the Cold War. The expression came to mind as I was puzzling over HCAHPS scores and how a well-executed nurse rounding program can positively impact patient satisfaction – and yet I still see so many hospitals continuing to perform poorly. The dimension of the HCAHPS survey with the highest correlation to its “Overall Hospital Ranking” is “Communication with Nurses.” So why is it still so common for me to find hospitals whose VPB scores continue to decrease, year after year, when there is a proven rounding solution and there are obviously many tools and resources available to help?

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CenTrak Joins the Fight Against Cancer by Participating in the Relay for Life

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

CenTrak is sponsoring this year’s Relay for Life of Newtown being hosted at Council Rock High School South on June 20th. With a large team of employees participating in the walk, CenTrak is standing up to cancer in the Newtown, Pennsylvania community. Ensuring that someone from the team is walking throughout the 12-hour relay, CenTrak is helping show that cancer never sleeps and that it’s a battle that can only benefit from teamwork.
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Maintaining Patient Safety with Wireless Environmental and Temperature Monitoring

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

Think for a moment about the various assets and products used for patient care in a hospital. From the blood bank, to the pharmacy, the OR, and even the clinical labs, maintaining proper, regulatory-recommended environmental conditions of the consumable products is a top priority. Remote environmental and temperature monitoringis essential to ensuring  mission-critical assets are kept under proper storage conditions, meeting regulatory guidelines, eliminating product loss, ensuring patient safety and improving staff productivity.

Reduce Endoscope Infection Risk

AAMI’s New Cleaning Standards Reduce Endoscope Infection Risk

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

In February and March of 2015, hospitals were hurrying to address a deadly antibiotic-resistant superbug that threatened North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle. According to Charles Patrick David, MD, this superbug, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), is a bacterial infection that has a prognosis of death in 40%-50% of infected patients. These infections were linked to a complex type of endoscope that was not properly decontaminated.

Reduce Endoscope Infection Risk

RTLS: A Mainstream Solution for Healthcare

Vince Prosperi, Vice President, Corporate Accounts

In past years, real-time location systems (RTLS) booths at Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conferences were lightly visited by other vendors and curious provider representatives who happened to walk by. This year RTLS was a mainstream solution for the majority; it was a destination for many providers armed with a solid understanding and great questions about the use of location data to improve operations. Many of the people with whom we spoke were part of an organized internal effort to make this a priority for their organizations. HIMSS 2015 marked the year when booth crowds spilled out into the aisles and, at times, was pleasantly overwhelming.

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Workshop Presents Healthcare Technologies to Improve Workflow

Josette Weinstein, Marketing Coordinator

If you want the opportunity to expand your knowledge on the future of healthcare, the Essentials of Auto-ID, RFID, RTLS, and Wireless Technologies in Healthcare workshop will be held in Chicago on Sunday, April 12th. This workshop will present case studies on Auto-ID, radio-frequency identification (RFID), real-time location systems (RTLS), and wireless technologies along with how results are being achieved with these technologies in worldwide institutions. Learn how these technologies will change the way healthcare facilities are changing staff, processes and technology, as well as their efforts on patient care and safety.

Patient Wander Management

Manage Patient Elopement with a Clinical-Grade Locating Technology

Adam Peck, Senior Director of Marketing

It may be accurate to refer to patient elopement, in which a cognitively or mentally impaired patient leaves a caregiving facility unnoticed, as the healthcare industry’s deepest secret. Indeed, patient elopement and wandering have become such serious issues that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have even begun monitoring certain facilities where large numbers of patients are known to “elope” on a regular basis.

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Our Infant Security Solution Protects Your Most Precious and Valuable Assets

If you manage a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, obstetrics department or a pediatric department, you probably have one overriding worry: the possibility that an infant from your unit might be abducted on your watch, or perhaps mistakenly placed with the wrong mother.

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CenTrak Supports Heart Health Awareness Month

Adam Peck, Senior Director of Marketing

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, CenTrak is proudly sponsoring the American Heart Association’s HEARTS OF GOLD 30th Annual Triangle Heart Ball in Raleigh, NC.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease.

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Contact Tracing & Effective Infection Prevention

Adam Peck, Director of Marketing

As a result of the recent Ebola outbreak, healthcare execs across the country and around the globe have been reevaluating the recording of their hospitals’ staff, patient and visitor interactions. Supporting and improving infection control best practices, as per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is imperative to both a healthcare facility’s own safety but also general public health….

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Top 7 Benefits of Automating Contact Tracing

Adam Peck, Director of Marketing

As we mentioned in our previous post, Contact Tracing & Effective Infection Prevention, Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) provide immediate or real-time tracking and management of medical equipment, staff and patients. RTLS and similar solutions are critical to taking proactive measures against the spread of infectious diseases. Accurate data means smarter, more timely decision-making: By automating important infection control processes such as contact tracing, healthcare facilities can turn to RTLS….

Better Operations, Better Operating [Rooms]

Stephanie Toronidis, Marketing Coordinator

The recent Economist post, “Technohyperbole,” takes a closer look at IT analyst Gartner’s annual “emerging technologies hype cycle” –a tech curve model which places new innovations on a timeline based on overall awareness, readiness/usability, and market penetration among other things. This year’s research places Big Data and the Internet of Everything or “Things” in the “peak of inflated expectations” stage, which has been defined as “early publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures…

The Internet of Everything (for Healthcare) is Already Here

Stephanie Toronidis, Marketing Coordinator

Whether it is in our cars, phones or tablets, using some form of GPS has become second (perhaps first) nature, especially with the growth of social media platforms, take Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Google+.

CenTrak CEO Nominated for SmartCEO’s Voltage Awards (Leaders in Technology)

CenTrak CEO, Ari Naim, has been nominated for SmartCEO’s Voltage Awards, recognized among other top leaders in technology in Philadelphia. The award ceremony takes place this Thursday, May 29th at Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia

CenTrak Wins PACT’s Emerging Technology Company of the Year

CenTrak is the proud WINNER of the Emerging Technology Company of the year title. CenTrak co-founders, Ari and Gideon Naim, photographed at the 21st Enterprise Awards black-tie gala below, hosted by the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), KPMG, and Fairmount Partners.

CenTrak Recognized as Finalist among Emerging Technology Companies

This week we are honored to be attending the 21st Enterprise Awards black-tie gala, hosted by the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies (PACT), KPMG, and Fairmount Partners. CenTrak has been recognized as a finalist for PACT’s 2014 Enterprise Awards in the Emerging Technology Company category and look forward to meeting our fellow nominees at this year’s ceremony

Improving HCAHPS Scores Saves Healthcare Millions

Automating Clinical Workflow Helps Hospitals Maximize Reimbursements Today, more than ever, HCAHPS1 funding is being considered as a viable source of revenue for hospitals, their CFOs taking into account both preventable funds lost and potential funds gained. The opportunity to improve reimbursements—which typically equal about $2M for the average healthcare facility—creates added pressure for Chief Nursing Officers. Hospital executives face the challenge of ensuring patient safety while at the same time managing a facility’s clinical workflow and financial stability. Many hospitals are discovering that effective patient-staff interaction is a key factor in HCAHPS scoring.

TechNation Roundtable: Real-Time Locating Systems

CenTrak asset tag shown on IV pump. Photo credit: Tech NationDr. Israel Amir, CenTrak’s Chief Technology Officer, was recently featured by TechNation as an RTLS expert, among other vendors and end-users. The discussion centered on real-time locating systems, discussing the opportunities of RTLS and what that means for the future of healthcare.”Making the right RTLS investment will pay for itself in most cases in a matter of months. Often, having the ability to leverage the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure can be a benefit.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center wins 2 Intelligent Hospital Awards at HIMSS14

CenTrak & Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Enterprise Visibility Team shown at HIMSS 2014CenTrak would like to congratulate the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Enterprise Visibility Team (shown above) for their recent successes implementing both real-time location system and environmental monitoring solutions.Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s uses CenTrak’s Gen2 IR RTLS hardware and Intelligent InSites’ operational intelligence software as part of their enterprise visibility solution.

CenTrak’s Big News at HIMSS’14!

CenTrak will bring its largest team ever to man our booth at this year’s HIMSS show in Orlando, FL next week. We look forward to meeting with current and future customers and partners to show off the new, transformational RTLS technology that we have developed over the past year: the first affordable single-use patient tag with Clinical-Grade Locating® capabilities!

America’s EDs get a “D” for Patient Care (Down from a “C” in 2009!)

Many of us are familiar with the bad rap attributed to our emergency departments (ED). Anyone who has spent time in an Emergency Department waiting room might understand where this negative reputation stems, having experienced the ED’s inefficiencies first hand. In her article “Support for nation’s emergency medical care gets D-plus,” CNN’s Elizabeth Landau likens the infamous hospital unit’s success to that of a below-average student.

CenTrak Named Among Deloitte’s Tech Fast 500

The verdict is in: CenTrak has been named one of Deloitte’s Tech Fast 500! With 1,042% growth, we’ve been ranked #129 out of top 500 companies. For a complete list of the ranked fastest growing technology companies, visitwww.Fast500.com. Want to learn more about the pro

Tracking & Locating in the New Age

Stephanie Toronidis, Marketing Coordinator Whether it is in our cars, phones or tablets, using some form of GPS has become second (perhaps first) nature, especially with the growth of social media platforms, take Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Google+ which

Location-Based Tech Solutions Increase Patient Safety and Prevention of HAIs

Stephanie Toronidis, Marketing Coordinator   Adam Peck, Director of Marketing Every day, millions of Americans put their physical wellbeing in the hands of the US healthcare system.

Transforming the Outpatient Experience with Clinical-Grade RTLS

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute recently installed CenTrak’s Clinical-Grade Real-Time Location System (RTLS) to transform their outpatient experience and help with optimizing patient flow processes.

Slowing down Superbugs in Healthcare

Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring is becoming mission critical Adam Peck, Director of Marketing A recent news story from USA Today indicated that the healthcare industry faces a daunting challenge in the fight against CRE bacteria.

Can RTLS help solve healthcare inefficiencies?

Healthcare Industry wastes $750 billion a year — roughly 30 cents of every medical dollar Adam Peck, Director of Marketing A study conducted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that the Healthcare industry wastes approximately $750 billion per year.

The Importance of Wireless Temperature Monitoring in Healthcare

Today, nobody in healthcare would question the importance of a reliable temperature monitoring system. When temperature alerting systems fail, really bad things can happen. Recently, The New York Times published an article about the freezer alarms at McLean Hospital.

CenTrak: A Finalist for Emerging Technology Company of the Year!

Tonight, we are very honored to be recognized as a finalist for the Enterprise Awards’ “Emerging Technology Company” of the Year. We are extremely proud to have been selected by such a prestigious organization that has made important contributions.

Nursing and Asset Management at AONE

At the AONE (American Organization of Nurse Executives) annual meeting we expected to have lots of great conversations about staff locating and nurse rounding compliance – which we did – but there was a lot of interest in the benefit of equipment locating.

CenTrak, a Leading Provider of Healthcare RTLS, Opens New California Office

CenTrak’s new office in Menlo Park, CA CenTrak, a leading provider of Real-Time Location Systems for healthcare, is pleased to announce the opening of its new West Coast office in Menlo Park, CA.

RTLS Technology: Can it be Used to Ensure Patient Safety and Quality Care?

Can real-time locating systems be used to effectively monitor compliance of standard patient safety procedures and protocols? The answer is surprisingly “yes.” However, the answer can only be “yes” when the installed RTLS has supreme accuracy and near immediate system work in conjunction.

CenTrak Unveils New Branding

The new and improved centrak.comNew branding more accurately reflects the changing RTLS environment as well as CenTrak’s positioning, personality and mission within it.

CenTrak and Cerner — Experience the Possible

Mark Nowakowski, VP of Sales, is explainingthe new possibilities with the CenTrak RTLS.The theme for the 2011 Cerner Health Conference was “Experience the Possible”.

Best Practices for RTLS Selection

We appreciate that each of our customers’ Real-Time Location System (RTLS) needs are unique and every healthcare facility has its own set of challenges and requirements. However, if you follow some basic RTLS selection guidelines, you should be highly satisfied with the results.

Temperature Monitoring — The Buzz at the 2011 ASHE Show

We had so many great conversations with Hospital Administrators and Facilities Managers at ASHE 2011 in Seattle, WA. A tremendous amount of hospitals are taking a serious look at temperature monitoring solutions and Real-Time Location Solutions as they plan for the future.

Now that’s a fast ROI!

To get a real sense of the true value of a high-performance, reliable and certainty-based room-level RTLS you need to hear about this story at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. Any technology, no matter how effective, is only as good as the users who apply it.

AAMI 2011

Empowering the Biomedical and Clinical Engineering Departments We had lots of great conversations with Biomedical and Clinical Engineering folks at AAMI 2011 in San Antonio, TX. It was great to hear that so many hospitals are taking a serious look at RTLS for asset tracking.

Nurse Staffing Shortage Now at a Critical Tipping Point

A very interesting story was recently published by the New York Times regarding hospital nurse staffing shortages and responsiveness. The situation got so bad at a Cleveland hospital, that a patient actually called her son hundreds of miles away to notify the hospital.

CenTrak Steals the Show at VHA RTLS in Atlanta, GA

Dr. Ari Naim, CEO and Co-Founder of CenTrak spoke about the future path for Real-Time Location System adoption in the healthcare marketplace. There was standing room only when Dr. Naim spoke at the Department of Veterans Affairs VHA Real Time Location Systems event.

Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

HAIs are a major concern for our nation’s healthcare system. Recently, CBS news in Atlanta had reported hundreds of patients and employees at Emory University Hospital were exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

CenTrak Welcomes Key Hires to Fuel Continued Growth

We’re very pleased to introduce John D’Annunzio as our Director, Strategic Partners and Adam Peck as our Director of Marketing. John is serving a key business development role and is responsible for interfacing with channel partners that integrate and implement RTLS…