Offering eHealth Services Has Never Been Easier
Digitization offers vast opportunities to the healthcare sector. Patients gather health data via mobile devices, enabling hospitals and doctors to offer new services like a digital infrastructure with highly improved efficiency. Digitizing spaces with BlueRange allows hospitals to work efficiently by introducing use cases like asset tracking, indoor navigation for patients and automated check-in via access management processes.
The Top 5 requested Healthcare Use Cases
Our partner, a company with 3500 employees and a producer of medical devices and surgical instruments, implemented BlueRange partially into their products and processes. The implementation enables various options that can be offered to both medical professionals and optionally also to patients. The advantages have proven to be the following:
- Medical devices and instruments equipped with asset beacons are trackable throughout the mesh.
In the cycle management for instruments sets, BlueRange helps maintain an overview over the entire process of procedures:
operations - cleaning - sterilization - storage.
- Gathering data from every specific set of instruments can be used to draw conclusions on utilization and workload of sets, and thus optimize processes.
- Via asset tracking, every device and surgical set can be found on a BlueRange site and can be easily found via indoor navigation when urgently needed — a significant and life-saving advantage in hospitals.
One of the largest sectors and industries is the health care sector.
Due to it´s nature, it is a highly complex industry with many different players and a lot of inefficiencies, even in the most sophisticated economies.
Digitization will offer tremendous opportunities to make healthcare more affordable and more efficient.
In many cases, health care is tied to health care institutions, like hospitals, doctor´s offices, ambulant care, or rehab centers. They, in turn, require a lot of physical space to fulfill their value chain and to bring patients, doctors, nurses and staff together.
This is where smart beacon management comes into play. In an industry where space is a core asset, beacon management offers a highly valuable approach to digitization.
Health care institutions now have the opportunity to digitize their physical space via beacon technology to boost (digital) transactions that occur during day to day operations. Once a so called beacon mesh (a digital grid based on beacons) is put into place throughout the hospital, the interaction with other devices can begin.
Learn here how to set up a beacon management system.
There are a number of use cases which will help all stakeholders in healthcare to improve performance, experience and outcome:
Asset tracking of hospital equipment:
In many cases it is difficult for hospitals to identify and find necessary equipment in the moment it is needed. Expensive equipment, like monitors, electric beds, and surgery equipment, needs real-time inventory in order to be found, accounted for, and maintained. With a beacon management system in place, and by applying beacons to each piece of equipment, it is possible to track these assets on a mobile app throughout the hospital. This will help staff to always locate needed equipment, will save time and effort in all day to day operations.
In institutions with focus on treating children, the elderly, and mentally challenged patients or patients with dementia, etc., it is possible to provide those patients beacon bracelets (like a wearable). If necessary, this will allow hospital staff to track them to prevent harm or make sure they don’t leave a certain geographical area (hospital, compound).
Patient information systems:
Patient information systems: In case health care institution want to improve their one-to-one communication with patients, it is possible to tie a mobile app to the beacon mesh. The patient, moving around in the hospital, will be able to get location based information. This type of information ranges from a simplified check-in process, to point of interest information, updates about their treatment, or indoor navigation to be guided through the hospital.
A beacon management system will add an extra layer of information and communication for all stakeholders. By applying such a platform and allowing more digital interaction, new data will be generated. This data can be used to improve processes to reduce costs and become more efficient in many day to day operations. It will make the life of the people working there easier which in turn should make them as well as the patients happier.
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