Denver Health expands RFID use to 1,5 million square feet with technology from InnerWireless and Cisco

Richardson 04 October 2007InnerWireless Inc., a provider of in-building wireless solutions, has expanded Denver Health's RFID tracking throughout the 1,5 million-square-foot, 477-bed hospital in support of an initiative from hospital administrators to identify and reduce waste. InnerWireless deployed Vision, a real-time location system (RTLS) formerly known as PanGo, in response to the hospital's need for real-time asset tracking that would integrate with its Cisco Unified Wireless Network and Cisco Wireless Location Appliance.


"With RTLS, we can quickly and efficiently find our equipment", stated Jeff Pelot, Chief Technology Officer of Denver Health. "Our biomedical department uses Vision for equipment maintenance purposes, and central supply can control infusion pump inventory. After seeing the results from tracking equipment in the Pavilion for Women and Children, we decided to use the system hospitalwide. Our ultimate goal is to improve patient safety and enhance the patient experience, and being able to track our equipment throughout the hospital will help us accomplish that."

Denver Health also is using the technology to track rare, expensive equipment, such as wound vacuums. According to Jeff Pelot, wound vacuums can't be purchased and are usually leased by the day. With InnerWireless' Vision, Denver Health can locate and track expensive, critical equipment with the Cisco wireless infrastructure and the Cisco Wireless Location Appliance to make better informed leasing and purchasing decisions.

"Location and management can improve timely delivery of care and reduce staff time spent looking for misplaced hospital equipment. It also assists biomedical engineering staff in locating equipment for scheduling preventive maintenance, repair and replacement", stated Vi Shaffer, Research Vice President at Gartner Inc.

"It's rewarding to work with a hospital like Denver Health that embraces emerging technology and uses it creatively to solve complex problems", stated Michael Campbell, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for InnerWireless. "RTLS holds tremendous potential for the health care industry, and InnerWireless is committed to supporting our customers as they use RTLS and other location services to meet clinical and financial objectives while enhancing the overall patient experience."

"Cisco's Unified Wireless Network and Location Appliance allows organisations to use their wireless network to include location services and gain real-time visibility into how they can improve patient care, optimize business processes, manage valuable assets, and ultimately operate more efficiently", stated Ben Gibson, Director of Mobility Solutions, Cisco. "Having the ability to track assets and resources using real-time location services is a critical competitive advantage for Denver Health because it allows the organisation to maximize the use of valuable medical equipment and assist with workflow automation and inventory management."

InnerWireless Inc. enables wireless coverage inside large commercial, health care and government buildings with Horizon, its wireless utility, a unified broadband distribution platform that supports multiple wireless devices such as cellular/PCS, WMTS, WLAN, VoIP, and two-way radios for security and first responders. Horizon is scalable, so enterprises can add wireless technologies without disruption.

The company's other core product suite is Vision, comprised of a location-aware platform and applications designed for enterprise-scale deployment. Its integrated location management solution allows organisations to transform standards-based wireless networks and active and passive RFID/RTLS infrastructures into a platform for intelligent applications that improve important business processes. More company news is available in the VMW March 2005 article Children's Memorial Hospital of Chicago installs InnerWireless system to enable complete medical mobility.

Leslie Versweyveld

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