Health care providers seeking to improve patient safety and optimize work flow are adopting technologies that can identify, locate and track patients and mobile medical equipment automatically without requiring manual updates by busy caregivers. PCTS automatic tracking software provides real-time patient location and care status information by integrating with most major tracking hardware platforms including infrared, active RFID, ultra wideband and WiFi.
Identification and location messages are sent to the software by tracking tags placed with people and assets. The software uses rules-based intelligence to measure interactions between staff, patients and mobile medical equipment to identify patient care milestones. This information helps caregivers to anticipate resource needs and to streamline patient flow. Movement and interactions are time-stamped to provide detailed data for further analysis of department utilization.
Exavera provides locating hardware and a wireless method of sending data that can be integrated with the PCTS software. The system uses cost-effective RFID-enabled devices to communicate with a hospital's network to provide an affordable information delivery solution. Marketed as the eShepherd system, it is a complete delivery network that includes tags, readers and access points.
"We are pleased to integrate the eShepherd system with PCTS automatic tracking software", stated Scott Zeller, co-founder and VP of corporate affairs for Exavera. "Our relationship with PCTS is yet another way for us to seamlessly deliver our value to the end users in a health care environment."
"PCTS automatic tracking software is designed to work with all major locating hardware platforms", stated Tony Marsico, CEO of PCTS. "We are very pleased to expand the breadth of options to include Exavera. Their ability to integrate RFID-enabled devices with a WiFi network represents an exciting new capability."
Patient Care Technology Systems, a subsidiary of Consulier Engineering Inc., is dedicated to becoming an expert provider of patient safety solutions in the high-acuity segments of health care. Featuring the Amelior ED patient care system, a comprehensive ED information system with clinical decision support, and Amelior EDTracker automatic tracking, the most widely implemented automatic tracking system in United States emergency departments, PCTS provides a family of integrated and intelligent solutions designed to reduce medical errors and improve the operating performance of high-acuity departments. Amelior patient care system customers have been recognized nationally for department productivity and nursing excellence.
Exavera Technologies Inc. combines RFID and WLAN technologies to build advanced networks that enable the identification, location and tracking of people and assets. With headquarters in Portsmouth, New Haven, the company focuses on using the insight provided by their solution to automate processes and optimize work flow. More company news can be found in the VMW March 2006 article Exavera Technologies completes integration with Parco Wireless' API and SDK.