5 Advantages of RTLS in the Healthcare Industry
Rockville, MD. January 7, 2020
Healthcare is an ever-growing field. Healthcare facilities such as hospitals and clinics are
seeing a rise in health professionals in order to keep up with demand. In fact, the demand for
healthcare professionals is projected to grow 14% from 2018-2028. A demand for healthcare
professionals means that there is a rise in patients. With an increase in activity in health settings,
how can work be done more efficiently? And how can we reduce human error?
Let’s paint a scenario. You are one doctor assigned to five patients. As you’re busy with a
critical care patient, another needs urgent help. It is almost impossible for you to know off the top
of your head where your colleagues are, if they are available, where the patient in-need is located
and if all necessary tools and devices are accessible. Here is where RTLS (Real-Time Location
Services) comes into the picture. RTLS is a technology that tracks the current location of an
object or person. With a telemedicine platform, a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional
can get all the information they need to be on top of the job while being pulled in all different
Here are 5 advantages of RTLS in the Healthcare Industry:
1) Tracking Doctors and Patients: As a healthcare professional, being pulled from
many directions is all too common. In order to call for the help needed in a timely
manner, users can easily check the availability and location of each doctor in the
hospital. The doctor can share patient information over a simple app rather then
running to find the files during an emergency situation. The ability to quickly locate
doctors and nurses in an emergency situation not only saves time but possibly lives.
2) Indoor Navigation: Navigating through any hospital is a daunting task. Many
hospitals have multiple wings with each floor dedicated to something different.
Knowing where to go at all times is unlikely. Indoor Navigation makes maps and
guided navigation easily accessible. Not only can the user pull up maps for
designated areas but also let the navigation guide them to the set location. In many
cases, estimated time of arrival will also be shown which makes it easier when there
is someone on the other end waiting for arrival.
3) Asset Management: Recently, the FDA warned of a critical medical device
shortage due to plant closures. With a shortage of devices but rise in patients and
professionals, it is critical to have an asset management system in place in order to
track all devices in real-time. With an asset management system in place, Doctors,
Nurses and Technicians can track all devices within the building and know which
ones are in use and/or when they will be available. This will not only save the time
wasted tracking down a device but also help with scheduling tests based on
availability of the device.
4) Emergency Management: With an unfortunate rise in attacks of crowded areas, it
is important to have emergency plans in place. Large facilities like hospitals are often
hard to secure due to many of them being multi-level. In case of an emergency,
through the use of RTLS, Doctors, Nurses, guests and other staff are able to be
tracked down. Having a count on each person assures rescuers that everyone has been
accounted for thus making it easier to isolate the situation. Users will be able to
receive real-time threat updates indicating safe and unsafe areas as well as instruction
notifications on how to proceed based on the emergency.
5) Intelligent Workflows: Time is a virtue especially for healthcare providers.
Intelligent workflows make it easier for healthcare providers and patients to keep up-
to-date with appointment information and scheduling. Being in direct contact with
the provider allows for real-time updates on cancellations, new document uploads
and any alerts. In many situations there are multiple doctors and nurses on a single
case. Making sure each healthcare professional has had a good look at the patient
case file is the key to proper care. RTLS makes it easy for each provider to have all
the test and notes pertaining to a patient. Biometric technology allows for all patient
and case information to stay secure and in the hands of authorized personnel.
Efficiency is increased with better access to this information.
Doctors and Nurses can leverage the convenience of RTLS to increase the efficiency of each