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Brazilian Hospital Improves Care for ICU Patients

Santa Casa de Valinhos deployed an Internet of Things solution from Taggen RFID Solutions that facilitates the location of its equipment.
By Edson Perin

The decision to trace equipment with an RFID solution was made by the hospital's clinical engineering area, which is responsible for asset management. "The system allows the instantaneous localization of any monitored equipment," Prado says, "as well as generating alarms and statistics regarding each movement." The technology is integrated with the equipment-management system, making it easier to locate assets for periodic maintenance.

The Cricket localization system is integrated with the Genesis asset-management solution, which has cognitive artificial intelligence technology integrated with the IBM Watson platform, and is able to respond to voice commands by querying the status of the equipment. For example, a user can send a question by voice or text to Genesis by querying where a particular device is located. The system will then respond to that person's location.

In addition to increased security, Prado notes, the hospital achieved a reduction in operating costs due to the shorter amount of time required to locate idle equipment, as well as a decrease in the costs associated with infrastructure for equipment that should not be moved. "In addition," he says, "the hospital is using the data to study improvements in its internal logistics processes."

The Cricket system utilizes middleware that is part of the platform. The central service continuously monitors signals and determines each identified asset's location. Through the APIs, it can be integrated into any management system, thereby making it possible, among other things, to create online inventory counts. Other applications include monitoring workers in hazardous areas (such as in cold rooms or confined areas), and monitoring vehicles at logistic terminals, as well as forklifts and employees, in industrial areas.

Biocam and Taggen were incubated in 2010 at Unicamp. "Since then," Prado says, "a partnership relationship was built, and with the launch of the platform in 2017, it began building the solution in partnership." Biocam was already a supplier of hospital equipment for Santa Casa de Valinhos prior to the project. Prado says he is pleased with the project, adding that the results were positive for both the client (which now has more data to work on process improvements and optimizing call handling) and the integrating company.

The hospital's goal is to expand the monitoring and location project, with the installation of beacons throughout the hospital's emergency room and surgical center, along with other technical resources, earlier this year. "IoT technologies, when well applied, are a great support in helping to diagnose patients with greater speed and security," Manzano says.

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