Some issues cease after time.
Without new technology and resources, patient safety isn’t one of them. The need to improve upon patient safety measures in health facilities is constant, hence the huge market for new technologies in that arena.
Which is why Mission Viejo, Calif.-based Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a provider of advanced charting and tracking systems, announced today the integration of their automatic patient and asset tracking software with the wireless location-services suite from Exavera Technologies Inc.
Exavera’s services will help Patient Care’s hospital clients better identify, locate and track patients and mobile medical equipment automatically (via RFID) without requiring manual updates by busy caregivers.
The partnership gets two thumbs up, so long as training of health staff isn’t a difficult process.
Patient Care Technology Systems Announces Integration of Exavera RFID Tracking Technologies; Companies Sign Agreement to Co-Market Solutions to Hospitals
MISSION VIEJO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2006–Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a provider of advanced charting and tracking systems, announced today the integration of their automatic patient and asset tracking software with the wireless location-services suite from Exavera Technologies Inc. The companies have signed an agreement to market their combined solution to hospitals. PCTS will be demonstrating its automatic tracking software at the Towards the Electronic Patient Record conference in Baltimore on May 20-24.
Healthcare providers seeking to improve patient safety and optimize workflow are adopting technologies that can identify, locate and track patients and mobile medical equipment automatically without requiring manual updates by busy caregivers. PCTS automatic tracking software provides real-time patient location and care status information by integrating with most major tracking hardware platforms including infrared, active RFID, ultra wideband and WiFi. Identification and location messages are sent to the software by tracking tags placed with people and assets. The software uses rules-based intelligence to measure interactions between staff, patients and mobile medical equipment to identify patient care milestones. This information helps caregivers to anticipate resource needs and to streamline patient flow. Movement and interactions are time-stamped to provide detailed data for further analysis of department utilization.
Exavera provides locating hardware and a wireless method of sending data that can be integrated with the PCTS software. The system uses cost-effective RFID-enabled devices to communicate with a hospital’s network to provide an affordable information delivery solution. Marketed as the eShepherd(TM) system, it is a complete delivery network that includes tags, readers and access points.
“We are pleased to integrate the eShepherd(TM) system with PCTS automatic tracking software,” stated Scott Zeller, co-founder and VP of corporate affairs for Exavera. “Our relationship with PCTS is yet another way for us to seamlessly deliver our value to the end users in a healthcare environment.”
“PCTS automatic tracking software is designed to work with all major locating hardware platforms,” said Tony Marsico, CEO of PCTS. “We are very pleased to expand the breadth of options to include Exavera. Their ability to integrate RFID-enabled devices with a WiFi network represents an exciting new capability.”
PCTS will be hosting a special interactive automatic tracking event at the 22nd annual Towards the Electronic Patient Record conference in Baltimore on May 20-24. Registered conference attendees can wear tracking badges to identify and track the location of fellow participants, conference & event staff and mock mobile medical equipment throughout the exhibit hall and lecture rooms. The event will provide a dynamic, first-hand experience of the capabilities of automatically tracking in a virtual healthcare enterprise. For more information, please visit www.tepr.com/rfid.
About Patient Care Technology Systems
Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering Inc. (NASDAQ:CSLR), is dedicated to becoming the leading provider of patient safety solutions in the high-acuity segments of healthcare. Featuring the Amelior ED(TM) patient care system, a comprehensive ED information system with clinical decision support, and Amelior EDTracker(TM) automatic tracking, the most widely implemented automatic tracking system in U.S. emergency departments, PCTS provides a family of integrated and intelligent solutions designed to reduce medical errors and improve the operating performance of high-acuity departments. Amelior patient care system customers have been recognized nationally for department productivity and nursing excellence. For more information, visit www.pcts.com.
About Exavera Technologies Inc.
Exavera Technologies Inc. combines RFID and WLAN technologies to build advanced networks that enable the identification, location and tracking of people and assets. With headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., the company focuses on using the insight provided by their solution to automate processes and optimize workflow. For more information, visit www.exavera.com.
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