Enhanced Patient Care with WISER Micro-Location and Asset Tracking

 

WISER’s micro-location and asset tracking system quantifies movement precisely and instantaneously. This helps healthcare professionals deliver immediate updates and timely care across a variety of uses. It eliminates costly searches for lost inventory, reduces manual data entry, and generates valuable insights for any kind of patient care.

 
Patient and nurse in healthcare setting.

THE PROBLEM: MANUAL PROCESSES

Modern healthcare demands huge numbers of reports. These can be as simple as healthcare professionals reporting on patients visited and rounds made, or inventory staff reporting the constant flow of inbound and outbound supplies.

Some reports are only for internal use, but others are for families and loved ones of patients. For instance, families of older adults and extended-stay patients can be concerned when they fail to receive an update on their family member being visited by a nurse or doctor. It’s often the case that physicians can’t report these types of interaction—either to internal managers or authorized family members—until their shifts end hours later. This can leave family members waiting uncomfortably and questioning whether their loved one is receiving needed care.

Healthcare facilities are also full of moving pieces. This includes not just patients and physicians but objects like gurneys, wheelchairs, infusion pumps, and other medical supplies. Many hospitals face the issue of not being able to find a key item when it’s most needed. It’s also common for inventory staff or nurses to discover a surplus of unused supplies and equipment in out-of-the-way closets or under-utilized spaces. Sometimes they don’t discover this until after spending significant funds to purchase additional units.

All these data points and moving pieces require precise upkeep, which takes time away from immediate concerns like patient care.

THE SOLUTION: WISER’S MICRO-LOCATION SYSTEM

WISER helps address these problems with its wireless, UWB localization system. For example, WISER can use this system to outfit physicians with tracking tags built into employee badges. Once doctors and nurses carry these badges, WISER’s system can locate and track physicians’ rounds and visits instantaneously, accurate within just a few inches. This shows which rooms and areas take their time and even which individual station the physician visits. This also supplies data for autonomous reports of any visits at the very moment they occur.

Hospital and care facility administrators can also use this system to maintain an always-current inventory of critical assets. By pairing WISER tags with hospital beds, defibrillators, surgical equipment, controlled substances, and other supplies as needed, administrators gain real-time visibility of the actual locations of all these materials. This reveals which equipment goes unused, where supplies might be hoarded, and who is transporting these materials, if used in conjunction with personnel location. It can render a clear picture of which supplies might need restocking sooner rather than later, and can also be used for theft-prevention measures.

THE RESULTS: LESS HASSLE AND BETTER HEALTHCARE

This use of WISER’s localization and asset tracking system frees a significant amount of time for all medical staff involved. It also enhances the quality of patient care, since nurses and doctors can devote their time to patients and their families instead of hunting for wheelchairs or IV equipment. Although this will not replace the need for internal reporting and record-keeping, it can be used to automate updates on patient visits, sending the data either to hospital management, fellow physicians, or remote family members when authorized.

This also cuts out the need for manual inventory drills. Because WISER’s system updates autonomously, it enables immediate software searching for any needed asset at any given time. Similarly, it helps quantify supply use, showing a powerful picture of the real demand for each tagged item in the hospital.

All the data WISER’s system generates can be translated into instantaneous alerts and reports. Simply by tracking medications, for instance, physicians can monitor medication schedule adherence. This system could create alerts for when a patient is not visited or for if a patient suffers a fall or is immobile for too long. Other alerts could include perimeter breach for sensitive assets in restricted zones, or timed notices on assets with a short shelf-life.

Healthcare professionals can implement WISER’s asset tracking system quickly and painlessly without rewiring or needing to install new infrastructure. This solution functions in multi-level hospitals and across healthcare campuses, spanning both indoor and outdoor settings.

Ultimately, WISER’s localization system lets medical professionals focus on what they do best: delivering top-notch care to patients.