Health Care: Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Vaccines, Hand Hygiene and Assets

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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), a 4.1-million-square-foot hospital, is deploying hybrid infrared-RFID technology to monitor vaccine temperatures within its 300 refrigerators and freezers. In March 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established a new guideline recommending that hospitals track the temperatures of vaccines twice daily—a labor-intensive task. For that reason, WFUBMC installed temperature-sensing tags in refrigerators, and also attached asset-tracking tags to mobile equipment. In this session, hear how the 1,056-bed facility is also tracking hand hygiene compliance.


Robert S. Parker, VP for Support Operations and Community Health, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center