RFID Asset Tracking

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) asset tracking systems make use of RFID tags to help identify tagged medical assets in RFID hospitals. RFID hospital asset tracking helps in processing automation and reducing patient wait times. It starts with RFID hospital inventory management, where assets like patient blood bags, IV pumps, heart monitors, beds, wheelchairs, and anything that influences patient outcomes are assigned unique RFID tags. Sensors in the facility scan and update their locations in a database, helping the hospital make smarter choices about their asset utilization.

RFID asset tracking, paired with intelligent software like Pycube’s aktivu™, helps RFID hospitals gain a one-up over their manual counterparts, as their processes are more stable and effective. While RFID is used for tracking, Pycube’s software enables efficient data storing, processing, and analysis.

RFID hospital asset tracking has the following benefits:

Improving Inventory Management

RFID hospital inventory management makes use of RFID tags for medical assets along with RFID sensors in hospital corridors, storage areas, as well as key entry and exit points for medical equipment. Not only does this make RFID hospitals more efficient, but it also helps them locate their assets anywhere in the facility and better plan and understand their utilization. Hospital staff knows exactly where assets are located and can spend more time attending to patients rather than searching for medical equipment.

Lowering Operational Costs

RFID asset tracking can have a major impact on the cost of operations at hospitals. RFID asset tracking helps reduce unnecessary movement of personnel and machinery in the facility by reducing search time for assets, thereby enabling them to be more efficient in their tasks. RFID hospital asset tracking helps facilities reduce wastage and use valuable resources productively. RFID hospitals tend to run leaner operations in the long term.

Clinical Inventory Automation

RFID hospital inventory management can enable clinical inventories to become fully automated, saving both patients and doctors at the facility precious time. This can come in handy when improving customer satisfaction levels and patient turnover. Thanks to RFID and other technologies, patients can spend less time at hospitals, benefiting both themselves and the hospital.

Customer Stories

A clinical engineering team from a Massachusetts – based community hospital faced challenged losing up to 30% of their telemetry devices annually. These devices would often be found with soiled linens throughout the hospital causing them to be washed away and lost during laundry cycles. Pycube utilized SyncSens™ RFID and aktivu’s™ loss prevention solutions to help reduce their loss to almost 0% through early asset detection.
A major New York hospital was having difficulty keeping track of their assets and keeping them from leaving the facility. Pycube used SyncSens™ RFID and aktivu’s™ loss prevention solution to alert the hospital using real time notifications and audible alarms to alert when assets pass through a designated choke point, allowing staff to react accordingly and save assets from leaving the facility.
A critical aspect of an emergency department is ensuring that staff and equipment are available and ready to go at all times. Optimizing equipment availability is an essential part of patient management, especially when dealing with a high number of emergency and trauma cases. Pycube’s aktivu™ asset management solution helped this hospital ensure the availability of their assets with improved staff efficiency throughout the patient care cycle, starting from when the patient is admitted to when they’re discharged.