University of Michigan Health System selects InnerWireless' PanGo asset tracking solution

Richardson 11 December 2007InnerWireless Inc., a provider of in-building wireless solutions, will deploy its PanGo location management platform in the University of Michigan Health System's medical campus. This platform will enable the pharmacy department to track and monitor hundreds of boxes containing emergency drug supplies throughout its 913-bed medical campus. Pharmacy will become the first department in the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based University of Michigan Health System to use a real-time location system (RTLS) by incorporating PanGo into the health system's existing Cisco infrastructure.


The Department of Pharmacy Services selected InnerWireless' PanGo to help manage the supply and location of pharmacy boxes, which are often stored on highly mobile crash carts. Federal guidelines - from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - also require that these boxes contain an adequate supply of medications that are not expired. The PanGo platform gives the pharmacy department the capability to monitor the location, as well as replenish supplies and replace soon-to-expire medications in each box more quickly.

"We are very interested in trying out new technologies and innovative approaches to existing technologies and finding out how they work in our unique environment", stated Rick Rinke, IT manager for the University of Michigan Health System's Department of Pharmacy Services. "We are looking forward to trying out the InnerWireless system and assessing its benefits for the Department of Pharmacy Services."

PanGo is the first location management platform to aggregate location data from a variety of RTLS and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) sources and integrate it into the enterprise in a standards-based way, delivering a cost-optimized, scalable solution. Additionally, PanGo is the only asset-tracking application that provides a seamless, Web-based view of thousands of assets, regardless of the RTLS or RFID technology used to track them. Through this combination of features, PanGo offers a solution specifically designed to give users real-time visibility, alerts and analysis about the location and status of key assets.

"We are honoured that the University of Michigan Health System has chosen to work with InnerWireless", stated Chris Click, InnerWireless vice president of marketing. "We take the University of Michigan Health System's commitment to improving patient safety seriously, and we look forward to building a partnership with them as they determine new opportunities for asset tracking to improve the quality of care they provide."

The University of Michigan Health System is the academic medical centre of the University of Michigan and is considered one of the United States' leading medical care and research institutions. It comprises the University of Michigan Medical School, its Faculty Group Practice and numerous research laboratories; three University of Michigan-owned hospitals - University, C.S. Mott Children's, and Women's - with 913 licensed beds and nearly 48.500 admissions and births annually; more than 30 University of Michigan health centres and 120 outpatient clinics where nearly 1,6 million patient visits take place each year; and nationally known centres for research, education and care in cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, geriatrics, organ transplant, vision and women's health.

InnerWireless Inc., the only fully integrated wireless and location services company, offers end-to-end solutions in markets where wireless and location services are mission- and life-critical. Horizon is a broadband distribution platform that optimizes all of the wireless services needed in large buildings, including cellular/PCS, WMTS, WLAN, VoIP, and two-way radios for security and first responders.

The company's other core product suite is PanGo, an integrated asset tracking/location management solution that allows organizations to leverage standards-based 802.11 and RFID infrastructure to locate assets and people. PanGo also location-enables many third-party systems for asset management, work flow automation and enterprise safety. More company news can be found in the VMW November 2007 article Denver Health expands RFID use to 1,5 million square feet with technology from InnerWireless and Cisco.

Leslie Versweyveld

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