Six Ways Wireless Technology Is Transforming Health Care

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Wireless technology is also used in hospitals to enhance security. For example, Memorial Hermann Health System and many other hospitals across the country use the Hugs infant protection system to help prevent child abductions from hospitals. In fact, the Hugs system protects more than 1.5 million infants worldwide each year.

Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is using wireless technology in a different way to improve security and reduce stress for patients and their families. Its staff members, from doctors to nurses and clinicians, wear ID badges with an integrated RFID tag. Whenever a staff member enters a patient’s room, her photo, name and job function appears on the patient’s in-room screen. This allows the patient to easily and positively identify staff and it lets the patient’s family know who has visited the patient and when.

Hospitals are extremely complex and dynamic organizations. Doctors, clinicians, staff, patients and equipment are constantly on the move; hospitals must comply with a range of strict regulations and there are periods of high stress and life-and-death decisions. At the same time, there’s constant pressure on hospital administrators to lower costs while continuing to improve the level of patient care and satisfaction.

In this environment, hospitals are increasingly turning to wireless technologies to operate more efficiently, support patient care and improve the patient experience. Here are some examples, identified by Stanley Healthcare, of how they’re doing this.

 

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