The next step: Track & Trace
Date: November 01, 2017
Category: Guest opinion piece
Author: Guest author
In a series of blogs from our healthcare conference sponsors, Palle Madsen, Sales Manager at Lyngsoe Systems, explores the benefits of real-time visibility in hospitals
Running a hospital and providing outstanding patient care involves complex logistical challenges. Is there an alternative to barcoding and other labour-intensive processes to track and manage medical equipment, supplies, patients, staff and much more in a hospital?
We realised that there was a need for a scalable, flexible and efficient track & trace solution, one which was GS1 compliant and fully utilizing RTLS (real-time location system). The system should be RTLS technology agnostic, but at least utilize the non-battery passive RFID tag technology (radio frequency identification), all in a single system architecture. In other words, a lean and simple solution.
Consider the solution at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT), which includes both passive RFID and active RTLS, and has been designed to increase tracking scalability and flexibility at the Trust’s three hospitals, thereby helping staff monitor the location of hospital equipment and assets at all sites. The solution enables accurate stock count and proper maintenance of equipment. It also helps them to find equipment when it’s needed, increasing usage and avoiding the purchase of excess equipment. The platform design works to increase operating efficiency, patient safety, service levels and visibility, while reducing purchasing costs for various asset groups.
The question remains is Track and Trace the solution for the future and have customers moved to embrace a hospital wide solution? In September 2017, Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark won the “RFID & Wireless IoT Research and Solutions Award” in Düsseldorf, with the following mention:
“The wireless infrastructure in Europe's most innovative hospital, 2,000 RFID readers, [6000 antenna’s including], an integrated task management system, automated processes, connected services, tracking of all assets, employee tracking [localization]: The new university hospital puts the concept of Hospital 4.0 into practice and thus becomes the European pioneer for smart hospitals. At Aarhus, the IoT infrastructure is as important as electricity and water.
As such, this innovative view of technology has now been honoured with the RFID & Wireless IoT Research and Solutions Award.”
We are extremely proud to have supplied the RTLS part of the system as a turn-key supply in this ground-breaking project. We want to congratulate the entire project team at Aarhus University Hospital for raising the bar so high and for introducing new standards within Hospital IoT – all for the benefit of the patient.
Real-time visibility of the location of all resources yields other benefits too, such as transparency and informed decision-making for hospital management, and often involves interfacing with the relevant clinical and service logistics applications.
The Lord Carter report states, “The best performing hospital systems around the world have real-time data at their fingertips enabling them to make decisions on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to improve performance”. Consequently, when looking at a Digital Control Centre project for hospitals, a very important part of the overall solution will be to have a top-class data capture mechanism, i.e., a scalable and flexible Track & Trace solution.
Palle Madsen, UK Sales Director, Healthcare
T: +45 41742401.
About Lyngsoe Systems
Innovation is very important for Lyngsoe Systems and we work hard to improve Track & Trace solutions every day. Our innovations include:
- Identifying, tracking and locating assets, and integration with the equipment management system (as at RCHT).
- Tracking patients or even staff with a unique, passive RFID solution, which is very cost effective.
- Improving supply-chain management (SCM) and inventory management (as at RCHT).
- Improving CSSD visibility and logistics through a proven passive RFID solution (as in Denmark and Germany).
Lyngsoe Systems has been a world leader in the field of cutting-edge electronic logistics control for over 40 years and is at the forefront of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The company, that works in several industries such as Healthcare, Postal and Logistics, and Airports, is renowned for innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and the ability to put ideas into practice.
Lyngsoe Systems has over 400 installations in the UK market at customers such as Royal Mail and Diageo. With a proven track record of more than 3,700 installations in 56 countries, Lyngsoe Systems can demonstrate extensive experience in customer process knowledge, solution design, software development, integration, service and maintenance. In addition, the company offers complete project management and consultancy services in any setting.
For more information please visit: www.lyngsoesystems.com
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