Real Time Location Systems (RTLS)

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Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) is a network of hardware (tags and monitors) paired with state of the art software to automatically deliver real time location insights, contextual awareness and operational intelligence within a building or other contained area.

Why use Real Time Location Systems?

Best known for tracking equipment, RTLS is increasingly recognized for optimizing patient flow, staff utilization and for its insight into workflow improvements. Imagine accelerating room turnover, decreasing emergency room wait times, or expanding operating room capacity. How could those improvements along with many other operational functions improve the hospital’s bottom line and patient satisfaction rates? Wireless RTLS tags are attached to objects or worn by people, and in most RTLS, fixed reference points receive wireless signals from tags to determine their location.

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The LifeCycle of an RTLS Project

Crawl, Walk, Run: Improving Clinical Efficiency and Effectiveness

As an experienced knowledgeable integrator that supports a wide range of technologies with hardware and software, we have learned to ask the "Lamp Lit" questions in that we know what questions to ask. Trust us when we say "There is a lot to consider". The RTLS target is large, comprehensive and especially complex. Our experience within the RTLS field has led us to develop a process that is thorough and guides your facility. Knowledgeable staff ask questions through the decision making process to make sure all options are covered, the outcome is measurable and goals are met.

Several complexities that we have encountered with facilities, include: 
  • Not looking at the long-term implications of an RTLS investment - Not Future-Proofed
  • Too many RTLS systems within the facility - Departments order their own and in the end there can be multiple RTLS systems instead of utilizing one platform that unifies everything
  • Grappling with how to use the various technologies and understanding what make sense with what use cases - understand what the end goal is
  • How does location certainty matter to use cases?
  • Is there an infrastructure already in place that can be built upon? 

Get the complete RTLS Lifecycle

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Asset Management

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Staff Locating

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Patient Safety

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Environmental Monitoring

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Patient Elopement

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Patient & Staff Workflow

Location Accuracy

Certainty based locating capability is critical for an active RTLS system. Achieve accuracy in clinically relevant areas at the room level, bed level, chair level, bay level, hallway, nursing station and in other clinical areas.

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Open Architecture

Allows hospitals and clinics an advantage by utilizing best of breed software and hardware to insure optimal usability within the facility
  • Future proof investment by being able to take advantage independently of innovative software and hardware product developments
  • Flexible open infrastructure options paired with state of the art software insures interoperability
  • Feel confident in choosing a system where innovation in technology are at the forefront not lagging behind

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Impressive ROI

Expect reductions and optimizations in many areas including but not limited to:
  • Increasing Reimbursements
  • Reducing Asset Rental Costs
  • Streamline Workflow
  • Reducing HAI's
  • Higher Asset Utilization

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IMS Advantage

IMS is dedicated to serving clients with integrity and offers an unparalleled level of service before AND after the sale. We are an experienced integrator of complex hospital hardware and software systems that require a multi-departmental “buy in” and after sale support. “In the hospital, we make it all work together.”

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