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Grace Medical Center Uses ZulaFly RTLS to Prevent Food, Medication Loss
The system, which utilizes CenTrak sensors and access points to capture temperature readings within each of 18 coolers, has already prevented the spoilage of $15,000 worth of food in a walk-in refrigerator since its installation in August.
Nov 02, 2016—
Grace Medical Center, a 123-bed hospital that is part of the Grace Health System, reports that two months after installing a real-time location system (RTLS) to monitor the temperatures of its refrigerators and freezers, it has achieved a return on its investment by preventing the spoilage of a cooler filled with $15,000 worth of food. The solution, provided by ZulaFly, consists of the company's own cloud-hosted Fuzion software platform to capture data from CenTrak RFID temperature sensors. Grace Health System can view the collected temperature data in real time, as well as for analytics purposes, according to Stephanie Andersen, a ZulaFly managing partner.
Located in Lubbock Texas, Grace Medical Center receives approximately 11,000 patient visits annually and has a total of 980 admissions. A year ago, the hospital launched an oncology unit that requires its high-value chemotherapy drugs to be stored at specific temperatures. Nearly half a million dollars' worth of those medications are kept cool within two refrigeration units, says Christopher Winn, Grace Health System's director of business development and purchasing.
In a large walk-in refrigerator located in the dietary area, ZulaFly installed two CenTrak temperature sensors, each with its own probe, in order to monitor fluctuations in the front and back of the unit. It also deployed CenTrak Star network access points, which receive the 900 MHz signals emitted by the sensors and forward that data, via an Ethernet connection, to CenTrak's server, which then interprets the location and temperature data and uploads it to the Fuzion software.
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