RFID Makes Easy Work of Hospital Asset Tracking

Hospitals are busy places where getting things done efficiently and correctly can literally be a matter of life and death. This is one situation where using the right technology is vital, and many healthcare environments find that RAIN RFID from Impinj is an ideal asset tracking solution.

Automating the tasks related to managing, tracking and locating medical equipment, the Impinj platform works wirelessly to keep a hospital’s systems updated on the location, identity and authenticity of each item in a hospital. It allows assets to be tracked through service rooms and other areas of the facility so everything can be found right when it’s needed.

Hospital staff should not have to lose time going from room to room finding a missing piece of equipment, and studies have shown that nurses spend 21 minutes per shift on average looking for lost equipment. That’s 21 minutes they could be spending with patients, not to mention the fact that while they’re looking for a lost item, someone else who needs it is left waiting – and possibly in discomfort.

Easy to Use

Best of all, it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out how to use this technology. Implementing it is simply a matter of attaching the Impinj-powered RAIN RFID tags to the desired mobile medical equipment and any other assets that need to be tracked. Once that’s done, Impinj gateways and readers that have been installed in rooms, ceiling and doorways will wirelessly identify and locate the items, while the hospital’s software systems will provide a real-time picture of where everything is.

Another benefit is that RAIN RFID can read thousands of items at once and does not need line of sight to work, while the tags involved are affordable and durable and do not need batteries. The accurate data about inventory that it provides can help reduce capital expenditures and cut down on the number of lost or stolen assets. This is an excellent example of a way that technology can truly improve people’s lives.

This blog post was based off of an article from Impinj. View the original here.

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