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RFID Makes Managing Hospital Porters More Efficient
- Aug 15, 2016 -

RFID Makes Managing Hospital Porters More Efficient

When Manipal Hospitals began planning a radio frequency identification installation to make its flagship hospital operate more efficiently, it had a unique approach for its multi-phased deployment. Instead of beginning with asset tracking, it aimed at a small, potentially highly beneficial solution: managing porters who transport patients, paperwork or supplies around its facility. With the real-time location system (RTLS) in place, says Nandkishor Dhomne, the Manipal hospital group's CIO, the facility has reduced each porter call and response time from 30 to 40 minutes down to only five or six minutes.

The porter-management system was provided by Icegen Computing, using Icegen's software installed on the hospital's server, in addition to Ekahau active Wi-Fi RFID badges and RTLS software to interpret the Wi-Fi signals transmitted by badges and calculate their locations. Porters are tasked with moving patients in wheelchairs and beds, as well as medicines and paperwork, throughout the hospital. The RTLS solution is designed to manage the dispatching of those porters, thereby reducing the amount of time that nurses spend waiting for them to arrive, while also reducing the number of porters required at any given time.

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