AeroScout's visibility solution optimizes work flow and improves patient care for Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center

Redwood City 11 August 2008Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center (OHMC) has implemented a visibility solution developed by AeroScout Inc., a provider of Unified Asset Visibility solutions, to track the location of patients throughout the hospital for improved clinical staff work flow. Endorsed by the American Hospital Association, AeroScout's Wi-Fi-based solution enables nurses and physicians to know the accurate location of any patient in real time. This saves time spent locating patients who have to leave their rooms for procedures like CT scans. The implementation follows the completion of a successful pilot programme, in which 64 patients were tracked through 14 departments over two floors.


At OHMC, 601 of AeroScout's market-leading T2 Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tags will be attached to patients' chart-holders, which accompany them as they move throughout the ten floors and two patient care towers of the 632-bed facility. The tags use OHMC's pre-existing standard Cisco Wi-Fi network, which is also used for laptops and wireless phones at the hospital. The location data transmitted by the tags is interpreted by AeroScout's MobileView software, which integrates with the existing patient flow visibility system, to display the patient's current location on a map on monitors at nurses' stations, or any web-enabled device.

AeroScout Exciters, placed at doorways, trigger the tags to immediately transmit their position as patients enter and leave specific departments, such as ultrasound, radiation oncology or CT scanning. With this unique choke-point detection solution, the accurate location of each patient is updated on the map the instant they enter or leave the department.

"The AeroScout solution will improve the daily lives of our nurses and physicians by saving them time spent locating their patients for care activities such as medication administration and physician rounds", stated Monica Donofrio, RN, Sr. Director, Care Management & Access at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center. "Our nursing and physician staff have been enthusiastic about the pilot programme, and we're looking forward to implementing the patient-tracking solution throughout the hospital. While we're tracking patients now, we may use the same infrastructure with additional tags to track assets like infusion pumps, wheelchairs and workstations on wheels (WOWs) sometime in the future."

"The inability to locate patients, adversely impacts quality of care, extends wait times, and results in unnecessary labour costs", stated Gabi Daniely, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. "By using the pervasive Wi-Fi infrastructure for tracking patients throughout the hospital, our solution improves departmental productivity, clinical decision support and patient throughput. In addition, this enables hospitals like Oakwood to expand the solution to other areas, such as monitoring the temperature of sensitive materials or tracking the location of infusion pumps."

Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center (OHMC) has 632 beds, and is a full-service teaching hospital in partnership Wayne State University that has served southeast Michigan for more than 50 years. OHMC is the tertiary hub for the three community hospitals of the Oakwood Healthcare System, providing high-level clinical care in a setting designed around the individuality of each patient. OHMC offers state-of-the art emergency medicine, general medicine and outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging, labour and delivery/neonatal intensive care, paediatrics, intensive care and coronary units.

Oakwood has Centers of Excellence in Cardiac, Ortho/Neuro, and Women's & Children's care. Also opened in 2005, is the Fitzgerald Pavilion, the latest in fully integrated surgical suites. This $110 million dollar expansion brings the next generation of surgery to southeast Michigan and offers the best surgical care. Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center serves as the hub for Oakwood's centres of excellence in Heart, Vascular, Orthopaedics/Neurology, Women's Health and Cancer. OHMC has also been recognized as a "100 Top" cardiology hospital for the eighth time in nine years.

AeroScout is a market expert in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. The company's products accurately locate and monitor assets and people over standard Wi-Fi networks to improve and automate business processes. AeroScout's global customer base includes many of the Fortune 500 and the world's leading hospitals. Founded in 2000, AeroScout pioneered the Wi-Fi visibility market by introducing the industry's first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and is widely recognized as leading the market in number of tags shipped. AeroScout is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with offices in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia. More company news is available in the VMW December 2006 article Philips announces new RFID asset tracking solution.

Leslie Versweyveld

[Medical IT News][Calendar][Virtual Medical Worlds Community][News on Advanced IT]