Patient care is delayed or interrupted while staff searches for needed equipment. High-value assets (wheelchairs, IV pumps, instruments, beds, etc.) move untracked around the facility, with no clear ability to determine asset locations. Bed and equipment turnover is essential to efficient operation and difficult to track. Equipment is sometimes hoarded or accidentally lost in linen or waste disposal areas.
The problem is real: A hospital’s mobile assets can number in the thousands and represent tens of millions in total investment. On average, hospitals experience an annual shrinkage loss of between 15 percent to 35 percent of total asset costs. Untended, expensive medical equipment such as mobile ventilators, x-ray machines, and ultrasound equipment is easy and attractive targets for theft.
Absent adequate tools and procedures to track equipment, hospitals are forced to make additional equipment purchases and rentals, resulting in bloated inventories and extra maintenance and service costs. More importantly, hard-to-find devices can delay urgent services for patients and compromise the quality of care.
Most providers don’t need constant reporting on exact asset location, but need to know the movement and have the ability to track where the asset goes. RFID readers installed at strategic, high traffic locations detect and time-stamp the movement of tagged critical assets, allowing them to be quickly located based on their last known location. The level of location detail is selectable based on the number and location of the readers and antennas used.
By monitoring the real-time locations of mobile equipment, ensuring that it never goes missing, hospitals can reduce the amount of inventory needed. And, because the location of each asset can be found with SmartX HUB, the amount of time staff spend searching is dramatically reduced.
Our Hospital Asset Management solution leverages data analytics, geo-fencing, RFID, and iBeacons to accurately identify and monitor an asset’s location and movement within a healthcare facility. Easy to deploy, the solution leverages existing ERP legacy systems while operating independently of hospital information systems. Assets are tagged with cost-effective QR codes, RFID Tags, and iBeacons to provide a foolproof strategy to avoid shrinkage.
Use SmartX HUB platform to track assets as they move through a facility allowing employees to see asset locations in real-time, gain visibility into equipment status, and plan resource use. Efficiently track assets as they move in or out of service rooms, and throughout cleaning and maintenance processes.
Automatically locate assets
Read thousands of items simultaneously, without line-of-sight. RAIN RFID tags are durable, low-cost, and don’t require batteries. Extend your asset management to include every valuable asset in your facility.