NEC Corporation announced that its Brazil headquarters has completed the initial phase of an RFID-enabled tracking and monitoring system at the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Brazil.
Having begun in mid-2009, NEC installed temperature control systems for refrigerators, as well as an asset location tracking system for a pilot set of 500 pieces of medical equipment. All of this operates through the hospital’s wireless network infrastructure that was also previously implemented by NEC.
RFID tags installed in refrigerators constantly measure the temperatures and are directly linked to software that performs all of the management. If there is an anomaly, the system sends instant alerts to those responsible.
An RFID tag, placed medical equipment indicates the location and conditions of each, mapping the movement, thus reducing the search time of the instruments and avoiding losses. The system is able to generate alerts about the status of each material and notify managers when the objects are unavailable, in the stage of cleaning, or needs maintenance.
In the second phase of the project, which will be started in 2010, the tracking system will be expanded to other assets of the institution to better manage the flow of patient care procedures.