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Dutch Hospital Uses Beacons to Track Treatment for Cardiac Patients
A solution from Zebra Technologies allows Leiden University Medical to know, in real time, how long a patient has been at the hospital before undergoing angioplasty.
Sep 14, 2015—
The cardiology department of Netherlands health-care provider Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) has begun using a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solution provided by Zebra Technologies to track the amount of time it takes for cardiac-arrest patients to receive a balloon angioplasty treatment. The solution is helping the hospital to improve what it calls its door-to-balloon (DTB) rate, in order to better ensure that patients are treated as quickly as possible, thereby improving their chances of survival and recovery.
The solution is powered by Zebra's Zatar platform (hosted software that provides users with IoT data). The RFID company is now making the system, known as Time Tracking Solution for Acute Myocardial Infarction, commercially available to other hospitals. It is also offering the solution for other time-to-treatment use cases, such as for acute ischemic stroke victims, according to Thomas Kurian, Zebra's senior director of new growth platforms.
LUMC is a part of the Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers. The hospital sought an automated method of measuring and documenting its DTB performance, and then using the collected data to improve its DTB times. With that goal in mind, the facility established a DTB Task Force that began seeking technology to provide automated time measurements.
The hospital's representatives had seen Zebra's Zatar technology demonstration at the 2014 Healthcare Information and Management Systems (HIMMS) conference, and had viewed the Zatar solutions the company had on display. The hospital then asked Zebra to develop a time-tracking system for its door-to-balloon needs. LUMC tested the technology for approximately six months before taking it live last month. (LUMC did not respond to requests for comment regarding this installation.)
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