Making smart future proof investments utilizing Real Time Locating System (RTLS) technology is no easy task. We already discussed the importance of hiring an integrator to use as guide through all RTLS decisions. Even with an experienced integrator, questions still arise. Questions help gain knowledge about the desired outcome long after the RTLS installation is complete. An integrator should be prepared to discuss this information and questions the desired outcome. This sets up standards for success.
Wading through RTLS software solutions and infrastructure equipment is a multi-step process, and deciphering technology capabilities are just part of the equation.
Ask your team these questions to develop a strategic look at understanding what is needed for an effective RTLS system:
- What is the goal of the system? Understanding the goals from the start will guide the outcome. Establishing a benchmark early on also helps set a starting point to gauge success.
- Will a point solution (use case) solve your problem, or should you consider a complete infrastructure outcome that allows multiple point solutions (use cases)?
- Who else would benefit from RTLS capital infrastructure investment?
- What are all possible solutions that may be added later on?
- What is the cause and effect in deciding on solutions now vs. the future?
- Will the infrastructure support additional point solutions?
- Who needs to be involved in the research-buying process within your facility regarding RTLS point solutions and infrastructure? Consulting with end users is critical to buy-in regarding system utilization. And, more importantly, understanding clinician workflow helps to create a system that solves problems efficiently and effectively.
- What level of location precision is needed; bed level, room level or floor level?
- Are any infrastructures already in place that can be expanded upon?
- Who will be the system champion once all is launched and fully operational?
- Who will handle the training and ongoing maintenance of the system once everything is established? How about in 2 years and, again in 5 years?
Fiscal frugality is always important, but if a system is not built with the future in mind, frugality can become irrelevant. An RTLS system that can be expanded upon, with additional use cases, ensures its' full effectiveness. As a trusted integrator of complex systems, IMS has experience guiding facilities through this process. Contact us today, ask questions, and gather information so that you can make the most informed decision on what works best for your facility.