RTLS

Real time location systems use technologies like radio-frequency identification (RFID) to allow hospitals to track the location of everything from equipment to patients. Cost savings, increased productivity and improved patient care have been identified among the advantages of using RTLS technology.

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The healthcare industry will be among the first to reap the benefits of emerging four-dimensional printing technology, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
August 22, 2014
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The supply chain represents about 25 percent of a healthcare facility's operating budget, and industry trends strongly indicate that this percentage will continue to grow. Thus, supply chain optimization is not an option, it's a must.
March 25, 2014
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Amazon.com revolutionized the online buying experience for millions while giving sellers an expanded market. Now a new online direct contracting service called Aptitude is attempting a similar coup, letting healthcare organizations negotiate with suppliers in an attempt to speed up the contracting process and reduce costs.
February 12, 2014
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In opening its new, flagship hospital in the state capital last month, MaineGeneral Medical Center took a bit of a gamble promoting the $312 million Alfond Center for Health on Facebook.
December 5, 2013
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A visit to the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition can sometimes seem like a visit to Tomorrowland. To someone from a small and rural hospital, say, all the stuff being tracked and measured by RFID and RTLS might look like a vision of the future.
September 11, 2013
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To the public eye, efforts at driving down healthcare costs seem to focus primarily on reducing unnecessary care, duplicative tests or hospital readmissions. But a peek behind the scenes makes clear that another huge cost driver is poorly managed or inefficient supply chain operations.
August 22, 2013
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The Food and Drug Administration has given clearance to radio frequency identification technology to track the safety and efficiency of the nation's blood supply. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison RFID Lab, who have been working on the the project for six years, say the tool is the first of its kind to get FDA approval.
June 4, 2013
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While efforts to stop the spread of the intestinal bacteria Clostridium difficile are on the rise, they're largely ineffectual, according to a new survey, which calls for better use of monitoring technologies.
March 11, 2013
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While they're still underused in healthcare, technologies such as radio-frequency identification and real-time locating systems are already transforming how some hospitals operate -- and they have an even bigger role to play in the hospitals of the future. Sunday, during the day-long RFID & RTLS in Healthcare Symposium at HIMSS13, envelope-pushing experts discussed how wireless technology is being deployed for much more than just supply chain management, showing how real-time data can increase patient safety.
March 3, 2013
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has tapped HP Enterprise Services and Intelligent InSites for a $543 million contract to deploy real-time locating system technology in VA medical centers nationwide.
February 21, 2013
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After 10 years at the helm of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), high-profile leader Carolyn Clancy, MD, will step down as director.
February 19, 2013
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It might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but an effectively managed supply stock keeps departments running swiftly and safely -- and can save money too.
February 6, 2013
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Within the wide scope of use for wireless communications, the ability to use radio frequency for identification and location tracking has become very prevalent. This white paper provides a look into how RTLS is helping hospitals save money and how early adopters have paved the way for a widespread acceptance.
October 2, 2013
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The case for telemedicine in today’s healthcare world is rapidly changing. Not only does it reduce the costs of chronic care, it has been shown to improve outcomes. This white paper discusses where Telemedicine is today and where it's headed, based on technologies that are available and the increasing rate of adoption.
October 2, 2013
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Hospital executives know that traditional cost-cutting methods have reached the point of diminishing return. Reduced reimbursement, increasing regulations, staff reductions, mandatory overtime, and lower capital expenditures have had disastrous effects on care delivery and the overall health of provider institutions. Yet the federal government is asking for more givebacks. You say you can’t squeeze water from a stone, but perhaps you can.
April 17, 2012
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Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) solve commonplace challenges by tracking valuable assets, staff, and patients on virtual maps, helping hospital employees and administrators save time.
July 30, 2013
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We propose that our nation's responsibility to transform healthcare must involve much more than a massive investment in computerizing patients' medical records.
February 12, 2009
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Sonitor Technologies, Inc., the technology leader in Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in healthcare, today announced the completion of the installation of its innovative RTLS hardware technology at Sanford Health’s new Moorhead clinic, scheduled to open at the end of April, 2014.
March 18, 2014
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Sonitor Technologies, Inc., the technology leaders in Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in healthcare, today announced it will expand its sales and service operations in the U.S. Anne M. Bugge, a medical technology company veteran, will oversee the expansion as Sonitor’s Technologies President and Chief Executive Officer for the Americas.
January 30, 2014
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Versus Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce that another phenomenal customer, Pacific Medical Center (PacMed), is now realizing the benefits of the Versus Advantages Real-time Locating System (RTLS).
October 5, 2010
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RTLS deployment comprises nearly 320,000 square feet, over 200 tagged medical equipment assets, temperature monitoring and all visiting vendor sales representatives throughout the facility.
September 29, 2010
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