Are my critical people maintaining physical distancing? Where is the head nurse? Who cleaned room no 21 today. Where are the nursing interns posted today? Have we done the site inspection today? Where are the new wheelchairs deployed? Does pharmacy dispense medicines on time? How many biomedical engineers are working today? We have a few medical emergencies today, need to locate key people. How much time did outpatients spend since the registration process? What is the air quality inside the operation theater 2? Questions for which ready answers are not available without manual records and time-consuming number crunching. Our Digital twin solutions for hospitals could be of immense help to you.
Improving workplace safety, productivity, and compliance in hospitals is becoming important in the new normal. The patient experience and safety at the central purpose of any healthcare institution and deployment of an indoor positioning system in a large hospital environment can help bring new insights from an operational perspective. This will certainly enhance productivity, reduce operating expenses and raise the quality of healthcare provided and competitive advantage of institutions.
Hospital indoor positioning, workflow monitoring in hospitals can be looked at, from many angles.
Patient experience – how long they wait at the registration counter, how crowded is the place, who are the accompanying paramedical staff, the navigational aspects of moving around the hospital etc.
Nursing department perspective – it is about monitoring the availability of key resources at nursing stations, causality, operation theater, attendance monitoring, ensuring medical rounds, compliance and safety aspects, contact tracing in case of suspected cases of Covid 19, etc.
Maintenance – Preventive maintenance is a key activity for the team to ensure that high-value equipment is maintained regularly and their availability ensured. From wheelchairs to elevators to gensets, portable medical devices, etc.
Compliance – JCI, NABH had other accreditations have norms on indoor air quality, physical distances, key man safety, inspections, etc that are part of the audit purpose.
Workflow – Ensuring medical teamwork. Being at the right place at the right time. Measuring work effectiveness, inspections, repairs, fumigation, housekeeping.
Hospital indoor positioning systems are available in many technology flavors that offer a map-based view of objects on the hospital shop floor, where the accuracy varies from 1 meter to 5 meters and above. Wired and wireless deployment. Some use a Wifi network whereas others run on Bluetooth mesh or other radio transmission forms. Bluetooth technology is compliant with HL standards and is more widely accepted among wearable manufacturers and medical device companies. Long battery life for the wearable tags will help reduce ownership costs. The Connected workforce concept can be applied to hospitals as well, where the key health parameters of medical and nonmedical staff can be monitored on a regular basis. Also helps in detecting shock, fall, or other mishaps that are life-threatening.