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New Solution From Stanley Healthcare, GetWellNetwork Helps Keep Hospital Patients Informed

The system, already in use at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, combines Stanley's RTLS RFID technology with GetWellNetwork's Interactive Patient Care platform.
By Claire Swedberg
To accomplish this goal, the solution requires highly granular location data, in order to ensure that the system knows when an individual passes through a specific door, as well as in which direction that person was heading. To that end, Stanley Healthcare Solutions is providing a hybrid system that employs a Wi-Fi connection to transmit data, but also includes ultrasound exciters for greater location accuracy.

With the system in place, hospital personnel wear Stanley Healthcare's AeroScout T2 Wi-Fi tags that transmit a unique ID number via Wi-Fi to nodes throughout the facility. That ID is linked to the individual's name, photo and responsibilities in the Stanley Healthcare and GetWellNetwork systems. When a worker enters a patient's room, a Stanley Healthcare ultrasound exciter (installed above the doorway) sends its own unique ID to the tag—which, in turn, forwards that data to the Wi-Fi nodes. AeroScout Engine identifies in which area that specific tag is located, and sends that data to the GetWellNetwork software platform. The information about that employee is then displayed on the TV screen located within the patient's room.

With the integrated solution, Haithcox says, "patients feel more secure and informed, reducing stress and providing them with an overall improved experience."

What's more, Haithcox adds, hospitals that deploy the system can also save the staff time. "The solution helps eliminate confusion and ambiguity," he states, "which, in turn, reduces the amount of time staff spend answering questions" from patients, family members or other personnel.

According to Haithcox, other hospitals are currently in the process of installing the system, though he declines to identify them. The technology is being sold by both Stanley Healthcare Solutions and GetWellNetwork.

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