How does RTLS fit into the healthcare industry?

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How does RTLS fit into the healthcare industry?


What is RTLS? 

It is used to track the location of assets or people in real time within a limited area or building. The system consists of an RTLS tag attached to or carried by an asset or person that requires location information, and a device called a locator that transmits and receives signals from the tag. The location of the person or asset is known through location engine software that calculates the location coordinates. It is a technology that can be extended to various solutions such as travel history, security management and automated entry and exit management of a specific area, location-based wayfinding, and worker safety management. 



Location accuracy – within tens of centimeters

Security accuracy – basic to robust, enabling access control and control within specific security zones

Runtime – varies by site, but can be deployed wired or wireless, with built-in battery for tags (low power communication) 


What happens when RTLS is applied to the healthcare industry?

Within a hospital, there are numerous healthcare assets, patients, and staff intertwined. As such, there has always been a need for efficient operation and management, and healthcare RTLS technology is a response to this need. 


  • Real-time location of medical staff and organized ward patient management Efficiently deploy medical staff in hospitals, and safely manage and monitor patients on wards. 
  • Real-time location management of hospital assets – Manage real-time usage and location of medical equipment, high-value mobile assets, hospital beds, wheelchairs, and more for faster, easier asset usage and efficient management 
  • Safety/security-related management – It is possible to manage safe spaces by separating authorized and unauthorized users in secure areas, special wards to be managed, and restricted access areas in hospitals, and prevent emergency/security problems in the facility by calling an administrator or alarming in advance.  
  • Infection Control –   Manage the entry, exit, and movement of patients and visitors in and out of the hospital to quickly address the spread of viral infections.

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