Hoag Hospital Installs Hi-Tech Emergency Room Patient Tracking System – Orange County
Posted Oct 15 2009 10:01pm
Hoag Hospital has recently undergone quite a bit of expansion and updating on their technology and now in the ER Room, patients register and check in and are given a tag so they don’t get lot. The software grid will give a patient’s location at any time and is read through sensors placed through the walls in the rooms and lobby areas.
It appears from the article tracking is just being used for patients but the technology can be expanded upon for tracking equipment as well. Hoag has already been using Tablet PCs for women to fill in information in the screening area for mammograms for quite a while already. BD
Patient Care Technology Systems (PCTS), a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSLR), today announced that Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has implemented the company's Amelior EDTracker® solution to automatically track patients in its 66,000-census emergency department. The solution integrates an ultrasonic real-time locating system (RTLS) from PCTS business partner, Sonitor Technologies.
Amelior EDTracker is part of the Amelior Enterprise Visibility Suite™ which comprises departmental to facility-wide solutions to streamline patient flow through the real-time visualization and documentation of patient care. Hospitals can scale their implementations by the entities they wish to track (movable medical equipment, patients, staff), operational goals (asset management, patient flow, infection control) and by scope of care (acute care, outpatient services, inpatient floors, facility-wide).
The web-based Amelior EDTracker software visualizes patient flow by automatically identifying the location and status of patients and equipment without requiring manual updates by busy caregivers. Location information is generated by integrating with a facility's choice of RTLS. Hoag selected ultrasonic locating from Sonitor Technologies for its room and bay-level locating precision and accuracy. Workflow algorithms within the Amelior EDTracker software interpret the meaning of location, movement and interactions between patients, staff and equipment to automatically communicate patient care milestones as they occur. Interfaces to ADT, lab, and radiology systems integrate additional patient and order status information creating a centralized workflow communication and management portal for the emergency department.