Six Ways Wireless Technology Is Transforming Health Care

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In the era of Big Data, the health care community is now also beginning to use sophisticated data analytics to improve hospital operations. All of the wireless sensors hospitals are using generate tremendous amounts of data. This data can be mined to provide new insights into hospital operations never before available to hospital leaders.

Combining real-time visual analytics with a real-time location system is an area of significant promise for hospitals. For example, by mining the vast amounts of data hospitals generate using RTLS for tracking thousands of pieces of equipment, hospitals can solve complex resourcing issues and optimize the use of equipment — reducing the amount of equipment they need to purchase. Or, hospitals can mine workflow data of staff to identify patterns that can help hospitals transform processes.

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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