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Cool wireless application: no more waiting for hours in the ER
December 3, 2008 at 9:57 AM by Esme Vos
A friend of mine who works in the IT department of a large hospital says they are testing the expansion of their RFID and WiFi tracking system to reduce ER waiting times. My friend says:
It’s working in the Emergency department right now. I don’t know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of being admitted to an ER, but it is the busiest part of any hospital. I injured my knee playing soccer in high school. I remember waiting for at least 2 hours after the ambulance had dropped me off until I could get even an X-Ray. Then waited for who knows how long until a physician could give me morphine and pop my knee back in place - that took 5 minutes. The most painful 6 hours of my life! Nothing compared to what the guy next to me was going through, he got stabbed a few times and was waiting for just as long.
With our RFID each incoming ER patient gets tagged with an RFID wristband. Strips on the door of each stall/room read when a patient gets rolled in. Then the timer starts ticking. If a physician or nurse doesn’t cross the RFID strips in a given amount of time an alert pops up on the nurses station via the WiFi IP network. When the staff comes into the room, (1 + 1 = 2) the alarm is automatically cleared. Now we have metrics on our response and, more importantly, people suffer less.
How cool is that?