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Ekahau tech allows caregivers to locate medical equipment instantly

Iain Morris
June 25, 2014
Asset-tracking player Ekahau has revealed that its services are being used at major hospital facilities in South Carolina to help caregivers locate vital medical equipment on web-accessible maps.

The company is providing its technology over Cisco’s (San Jose, CA, USA) wireless local area network at Palmetto Health in Columbia, where it has already led to huge efficiency improvements.

Ekahau’s (Reston, VA, USA) real-time location systems (RTLS) have been integrated with Cisco’s Mobility Services Engine to centralize location data across two Palmetto Health campuses and improve the ease of data sharing on site.

Ekahau says the technology has allowed staff to instantly locate some 1,000 infusion pumps as well as other medical devices using the web-accessible facility maps.

The company claims that its software will also generate alerts if equipment enters a user-defined “restricted” zone, such as an exit area, minimizing the risk of theft and helping to reduce costs at the facility.

It will also measure asset utilization rates to provide business intelligence that can be used to improve so-called “equipment placement” strategies, as well as purchasing plans and overall availability.

“We are proud to work with Cisco again to offer Palmetto Health a real-time asset tracking solution that is both cost-effective, scalable and provides meaningful data that improves operational efficiency,” said Mark Norris, the president and chief executive of Ekahau.

Ekahau says its asset-tracking technology is now being used by thousands of Fortune 500 companies, hospitals and other facilities to generate business intelligence that can be used to support decision-making.

The services give staff and managers at various facilities visibility of the location, condition and status of assets, people and workflows, says the company.
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