Improving the quality of care in Belgium
Herentals Hospital was the first hospital in Belgium to adopt RTLS technology when it selected Ekahau’s technology to track its patients.
|Ekahau technology can track assets and people over any existing Wi-Fi network with a minimum of additional investment. |
A leading Belgian networking and security integrator, Quantum ICT, installed a package including Ekahau Positioning Engine server software, along with Ekahau Tracker and Ekahau Finder, and issued Ekahau T301 tags for use with patients, to track them from registration through the operating theatre and back to the ward.
It proved easy to integrate the new system into the hospital’s existing Aruba Wi-Fi network and SAP system to provide full access to patient data and time stamping capabilities. Integrating RTLS with an SAP system and enabling time stamping can be a very important issue, as time stamping allows a hospital to generate statistical data about patient throughput and the time taken for various operations – increasing overall accountability and transparency.
Following the successful completion of the first stage of the project, the plan is to ramp up the system to include a further 800 to 1000 tags over the next two years to enable valuable medical equipment to be tracked as well.
Tracking mission-critical equipment in Belfast
The ease with which Ekahau RTLS can be integrated into an existing Wi-Fi network, its accuracy, and extensive range of features also convinced the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland to select the technology. The Royal Victoria Hospital – part of the Royal Hospitals site, Northern Ireland’s largest and best-known hospital complex – will use it for tracking vital equipment in its cardiology and radiology departments.
Ekahau’s RTLS will be linked to the hospital’s existing Trapeze Networks wireless infrastructure, previously used for mobile data connectivity and voice applications – to track assets such as defibrillators, infusion pumps, syringe pumps, balloon pumps, ultrasound scanners, and patient monitors, all of which are both expensive and mission-critical.
The latest version of the Ekahau Positioning Engine will be installed, along with Ekahau Tracker and Ekahau Finder, while Ekahau T201 and T301 tags will be attached to target equipment.
This will enable the hospital to pinpoint equipment to a specific room or area in real time, specify its last known locations, log specific movements such as exit and entry, and send commands to T201 and T301 tag-LED buzzers.
The aim is to present the location of tagged equipment via a graphic user interface, with the potential for use in conjunction with managing clinical staff requirements, laboratory call-logging, service reports, and inventory databases. The ability to import text related to the location of material into the database will be an added value.