The Methodist Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas has implemented an RFID-based asset tracking software in five of its hospitals, according to Health Data Management.
The hospitals will use RadarFind to locate and monitor more than 15,000 pieces of medical equipment, including infusion pumps, compression devices and wheelchairs. The hospitals also have begun planning to track patients in specific areas, such as emergency departments, surgical suites and outpatient facilities.
Developed by Pittsburgh-based TeleTracking Technologies, the RadarFind system used RFID technology to read coded tags on medical equipment and patient wristbands. Readers communicate the location data to a collector box and is then sent over Ethernet cable to a dedicated server, and displayed on computers or Web-enabled PDAs via the hospital’s intranet.
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