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By Beth Bacheldor

Impinj, Accruent Healthcare Partner on Solution for Tracking Medical Devices

Impinj and Accruent Healthcare Solutions have partnered on a new solution designed to automate the management, distribution, availability and maintenance of mobile medical equipment used for patient care.

Accruent's work order management app provides task-related alerts to users.
Equipment tagged with passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID inlays made with Impinj chips can be tracked by Impinj readers as it moves around key areas of the hospital. When a reader captures a tag's ID number, it notifies the Accruent system with the equipment's location and service history. Using an online web portal and a smartphone app that are part of Accruent's system, clinical personnel can request and locate equipment, as well as monitor service progress in real time, thereby enabling workflow automation. For example, the companies explain, cleaning requests are issued when soiled equipment is detected. When the equipment is ready for use, the smartphone app notifies employees to return it to circulation. In addition, rooms are monitored in order to ensure that equipment is available as needed.

Since hospital personnel know where and when equipment is available, Impinj and Accruent report, they work more efficiently. Device utilization can be accurately tracked with the data collected for demand orders, refill requests and soiled pickup requests. These utilization reports, the companies note, provide hospital leadership with greater visibility into costs so that they can better plan equipment purchases.

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