Digital transformation does not stop at the Healthcare sector either. A look over the shoulder to current IoT technology developments opens new possibilities for service and „customer experience“ realizing the future of hospital 4.0.
We give you an insight into 5 trends that improve healthcare with real-time tracking and show what the future could look like.
With highly innovative tracking applications and the latest IoT technologies, the further development of „real-time tracking solutions“ is being intensively promoted in the industry. Here new paths and innovations emerge that can also be used to significantly change the healthcare sector. This does not only make the hospital leaner, cheaper and better but also significantly improves patients‘ and visitors‘ experience.
For the implementation, certain mass sensors, which are already present in every mobile phone and every Smartwatch, can be used. These can be coupled not only to objects but also to people to enable the localization and identification of objects as well as persons. Furthermore, mobile applications allow monitoring, process control, and documentation.
There are many ways for healthcare institutions to profitably deploy novel technologies like real-time tracking systems using Bluetooth BLE, RFID, ultrasound or IP-DECT. Everything that is required in addition is communication and intelligent software in the background.
Let’s have a look:
Reduce inventory shrinkage and disorganization with asset tracking
Today, many hospitals are already trying to maximize resource utilization and reduce costs by avoiding manual, time-consuming processes. RFID and BLE are used worldwide to locate mobile equipment such as beds or technical devices in real time. The goal is to optimize search times, increase utilization and minimize loss. In addition to cost advantages, the staff is to be relieved in order to have more capacities for the core task of patient care. The more assets are tagged for tracking, the better ROIs are achieved.
Minimize documentation efforts using mobile patient information feeds
The focus of these applications lies on the relationship between doctor, patient, and health information systems. Mobile solutions provide functionalities such as electronic temperature charts, mobile dictation and photo documentation via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. They can be used within the hospital or for additional services in outpatient- or home settings. Seamless integration of mobile devices into everyday hospital life can help to avoid potential failures or mix-ups of patients. At the same time, they enable complete documentation and traceability of activities. This helps doctors and hospital staff to generate more time for patients through reducing documentation efforts. Being directly integrated into the hospital information system, activities can be automated, and confusion or incorrect medication can be prevented.
Increase visitor- and patient experience through proactive navigation
As it is already the case in other industries, hospitals increasingly need to attract patients and see it as their responsibility to offer them an improved experience. New ways of establishing the so-called „Customer Experience“ by services for patients and visitors are getting more and more important. With proactive localization and guidance systems, there is no waste of time due to long journeys or taking wrong ways. By implementing indoor navigation in conjunction with beacons that are placed throughout the building, patients and visitors can be proactively guided to their destination via a mobile app.
Enhance the safety of personnel and patients with locating technology
In clinics, it can be difficult to protect disoriented patients from getting lost or entering restricted areas. Positioning technologies such as beacons or RFID tags can be used to locate patients on demand and send alerts when a patient leaves a defined area. At the same time, access authorizations for example to special areas can be easily granted or restricted. In this way, location tracking can function as disorientation protection or access authorization, with which alarms are triggered automatically.
Improve workflows with intelligent alarming systems
New possibilities arise when implementing intelligent alarming solutions in hospital environments. These solutions help to track and locate patients and staff quickly and efficiently to improve workflows. In a clinical context, this allows immediate locating of emergency situations. Individuals who trigger an alarm do not need to explain the location where help is required. Their location is automatically detected and communicated without any delay – with zone or room accuracy – as needed and desired.
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