Real-time asset tracking allows organizations from asset-intensive industries (e.g., healthcare, manufacturing, transportation & more) to instantly locate physical assets both indoors and outdoors – monitor their condition and usage & optimize asset allocation. Though specifically for large-scale healthcare facilities, increasing the uptime of critical medical assets & improving care facilities are top priorities. But they are often challenged to efficiently track & manage a massive number of medical equipment & resources, especially when they’re movable & scattered.
Choosing to implement a real-time location system (RTLS) would enable them to get complete visibility of assets anytime, anywhere. This is made possible with the use of IoT devices that talk to each other to collect, process & analyze data in real time. This reduces asset search time, prevents loss of equipment, and allows the staff to work more effectively. All of which ultimately lead to improved patient outcomes!
With this article, we’ll explore how hospital asset management using IoT technology can improve the pace, accuracy & efficacy of tracking & optimize asset use.
Here’s what we’ll cover;
As the name suggests, it refers to a system that helps track equipment or human location within the medical facility to ensure their optimum utilization.
For hospitals and medical facilities that are often spread across multiple sites/locations, managing assets can prove to be a challenging task. Therefore developing & deploying asset-tracking solutions can reduce the instances where an asset is unexpectedly unavailable. Further, tracking down missing assets.
Having the ability to track every single asset throughout one or many facilities can:
Today hospital asset tracking adoption is on the rise. This is because healthcare organizations are striving to decrease asset search time, automate asset management workflows, and optimize asset procurement strategy. And, with the Internet of Things (IoT), wireless tracking solutions & real-time location systems working together – the potential impact on the healthcare industry is tremendous.
By implementing an IoT-enabled wireless tracking system the hospitals can;
The main drivers for the popularity of asset tracking software include;
The asset tracking solution enables your medical staff to locate assets on a floor plan map with easy auto-text search. It helps with;
IoT-enabled asset tracking is much faster, offers better location accuracy, and enables efficient tracking of assets. The core benefits of introducing IoT into healthcare operations would include:
In addition to these seamless integrations with other systems, including sensors that can operate outside of BLE networks and collect data via integrated phones using cellular communications, GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity, and location-based services.
IoT asset tracking leverages sensors and connected devices to enable remote monitoring and management of an asset’s geo-position and movements. There are many technologies for asset tracking including, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, GPS trackers, ultrasonic sensors & QR codes.
However, when it comes to hospitals, both RFID & BLE beacons have proven to be the most efficient options. They provide real-time asset location data and allow tracking of everything – from PPE to medical instruments and devices.
The asset tracking system can track the locations of assets throughout every ward in the hospital using the existing WiFi infrastructure. However, with separate BLE beacons, we can have location measurements with greater accuracy. Specifically in the emergency room and the storage areas of the wards. The location of each asset and the status of the active tag battery would require a periodic check by utilizing the hospital’s information system where this asset management system can be integrated.
The asset management application comprises 2 applications:
For users (i.e., nursing staff):
For system administrators:
We help develop a custom asset-tracking solution with IoT capabilities for enhanced responsiveness
When medical assets are not readily available, they remain underutilized. Physicians and nurses may repeatedly require new equipment as the ones at hand could be overused. This also affects maintenance schedules and eventually repairs become the order of the day. To avoid these costs & complications, a comprehensive hospital asset & inventory management solution should integrate the following features:
A UK-based indoor mapping service provider for one of their large healthcare clients wanted to streamline & speed up their asset tracking & indoor navigation. With thousands of tools and devices spread across multiple levels, the medical staff lacked the visibility they needed for optimum asset use. Additionally, manual floor plans made it challenging to track movable medical equipment at the need of the hour.
They reached out to Rishabh to maximize asset efficiency, improve responsiveness, and minimize their operational loss. Leveraging our proficiency in IoT app development, we helped develop a web app that could track medical assets & inventory in real-time for the venue admin and clinical staff. While supporting their visitors & patients with easy-to-use mobile applications for in-facility navigation.
We implemented a Real-time Location System (RTLS) to manage the back-end operations for equipment & inventory. Our team also developed a native mobile app that enabled seamless navigation for patients.
Healthcare facilities & medical institutions are often spread across multiple sites. This creates several challenges if they go for manual monitoring and management of assets. Implementing dedicated medical equipment tracking software can help reduce the cost of replacing stolen equipment, and accurately records performance data and asset usage. Further, it would also enable organizing equipment & drug storage for efficient use of physical space.
All you need is the integration of IoT technology to mix in line with your business model. As demonstrated above, it is an end-to-end solution for remote asset tracking, asset lifecycle management, and asset workflow automation. It can increase productivity for your healthcare organization while enabling you to save various costs.
As an experienced healthcare software development company, we bring you the edge of industry-leading technologies to develop a comprehensive IoT-enabled app with robust integrations. We have the flexibility and scalability to meet your unique software development needs. Team up with us to build an end-to-end solution that can track assets remotely, improve asset lifecycle management and automate workflows for increased staff efficiency.