The future of healthcare

The global pandemic has placed a spotlight on how our healthcare facilities work. 

It has exposed a pressing need to develop smarter hospitals that can improve staff and patient safety, while reducing the burden on clinical staff.

Research has shown that digital technologies, specifically the internet of things (IoT), could lower the costs of operational and clinical inefficiencies by US$100 billion per year. In addition, around two-thirds of physicians believe that digital technologies can help relieve the pressure on nurses and doctors, allowing them to spend more time on direct patient care.

Real-time locations system (RTLS) technology creates a connected operating system for hospitals. It tracks, manages and monitors data allowing healthcare facilities to optimise workflow, look after assets, assure staff safety and improve patient care.

One Halma company is showing the way forward for the future of healthcare with their advanced RTLS technology. CenTrak provides location and environmental condition data across the entire healthcare facility, giving care professionals the insight they need to make well-informed decisions for their patients and their colleagues.

 As an example, hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are a significant safety risk for patients and hospital staff. They cost the industry billions of dollars a year and can also undermine trust in healthcare facilities. CenTrak’s automatic hand hygiene compliance monitoring system is a simple and effective infection prevention strategy. It works by adding RTLS technology to a digital staff badge that provides a gentle reminder to staff if hygiene protocols are not followed prior to the interaction with a patient. It also accurately documents current hand hygiene processes. This type of actionable insight enables healthcare facilities to provide additional training where it is needed most.

Hospital wards can also use digital staff badges to provide more efficient care to patients, as it will notify the nearest available clinical staff that can attend a patient call. This reduces call response times and also generates automatic patient care reports, based on staff presence, thus reducing manual paperwork.

The same location technology can also be used in tracking important mobile medical equipment, allowing clinical staff to locate the nearest available life-saving device. Additionally, this helps prevent cross-contamination of equipment by ensuring that everything is cleaned according to recommended protocols.

By enabling healthcare facilities to connect their processes and patient care, CenTrak is helping to define the future of healthcare.