It’s the location piece that has many people talking. Consumers and the government worry about it, the government perhaps more so. Businesses want the location data so that they can tailor experiences and serve personalized ads. Developers want location information, too. They use it to build ever faster and more useful and personalized apps.
The healthcare industry is no different. Location tracking is of interest to them, both inside and outside the healthcare environment. Let’s consider a couple of ways that location tracking can impact and improve the healthcare experience.
How do you monitor an environment and know where people are and what they’re doing? The answer is location tracking. Integrating the data with access control gives managers real-time information about employees and their activities.
That location data can also be used to ensure that people can only access areas of the building for which they have appropriate credentials and privileges. Patients’ records, for instance, are sensitive material and should only be accessible to a select few. Mobile identities, plus location tracking, guarantee that. People who have the appropriate level of access are allowed into the records room; everyone else is denied.
Location tracking has application in machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, too. How many crash carts are on the premises? Which floors? Corridor or closet?
Location tracking answers those questions, which helps with efficiency and inventory. Needed items are quickly delivered to the appropriate room. Administrative staff easily identify where it would be beneficial to purchase another x-ray machine. They look at the data, see where bottlenecks in care are occurring, and take steps to mitigate them.
With patients, location tracking helps inside and outside healthcare settings. Medical staff needs to know where patients are. What if the kid in ICU wanders down the hall and ends up lost in a stairwell or on another floor? It might be an unlikely scenario, but it could be circumvented altogether with smart ID wristbands.
What about a healthcare environment like an outpatient clinic? Location can play a role, too. Patients could use their mobile devices or wearables to digitally sign in via a visitor management application. Patient records would be automatically pulled and delivered to the physician.
Those devices and wearables would continue the experience outside the clinic. For example, if the patient were wearing a wearable that tracked a heart arrhythmia, the real-time data could be integrated with their patient record. The benefits are many. The patient would be able to exercise greater care personally; the physician would have better data, resulting in a more impactful disease management plan; and, if an emergency were to happen, first responders could be called immediately.
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