The healthcare industry is undergoing a digital revolution, and one of the key technologies driving this transformation is the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to the interconnectivity of devices and objects, allowing for data exchange and automation of processes. In the healthcare industry, IoT has the potential to improve patient outcomes, streamline operations, and reduce costs.
One area where IoT is making a significant impact is in hospital operations. IoT sensors can be used with RTLS (real-time location system) to track the location of equipment and personnel, allowing hospitals to optimize workflows and improve efficiency. For example, when an RTLS tag is attached to a mobile workstation, hospital staff can quickly locate them when needed, reducing time spent searching for equipment. Not only does this improve operational efficiency but it also helps ensure that equipment is readily available so that nurses can focus on patient care. Data gathered from RTLS tags can provide insights into equipment utilization patterns. Hospitals can analyze the data to identify equipment that is underutilized or overutilized, allowing for better resource allocation and inventory management. This optimization can lead to cost savings and increased equipment availability. Using RTLS tags on mobile workstations such as WOWs, allows biomedical engineers to capture data that can contribute to streamlining workflows and improving patient care. By tracking equipment, hospital staff can identify bottlenecks or inefficiencies in the movement of the WOW, leading to process improvements and smoother operations. Read more >