Tuesday, April 16, 2013

GE Healthcare AgileTrac RTLS tracking hand washing in hospitals

Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) aren't just being used to track hospital beds and wheelchairs. RTLS is being used to track hand washing in hospitals. Using sensors in the ID badges of medical personnel along with sensors on sinks/soap dispensers, GE is now able to provide hospitals with the ability to track all hospital employees and their hand hygiene; ensuring doctors, nurses, and more wash their hands as they enter a patient room and as they leave.

Here's a snippet from a recent press release about this:

GE Healthcare and HCA’s Summerville Medical Center have collaborated to develop and deploy a data driven technology solution that tracks hand washing data as it relates to patient care through the use of small sensor tags. The new GE Healthcare AgileTrac RTLS (Real-Time Location System) solution provides a more complete picture of clinicians’ hand-washing behaviors than traditional manual programs, which by nature aren’t able to capture as many data points on a daily basis. The automated system collects up to 5,000 data points a day vs. 700 per year with manual observation.

You can learn more here.

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