Harnessing the power of LoRa and UWB in hospitals: Changing the rules of the game for operational efficiency
In the digital age of healthcare, hospitals are constantly looking for cutting-edge technologies to optimize their operations and improve patient care. A promising solution is the combination of LoRa-based IoT systems for environmental monitoring and ultra-wideband (UWB) technology for real-time location systems (RTLS).
Together, these technologies offer a myriad of benefits that can significantly increase operational efficiency and yield significant savings.
LoRa (Long Range) is a wireless communication protocol known for its long-distance transmission capabilities and low power requirements. In a hospital setting, it is particularly suitable for environmental monitoring, as its installation does not require large infrastructure investments.
UWB-based RTLS is renowned for its high precision in determining the location of objects or people. Unlike other wireless technologies, UWB offers an accuracy of a few centimeters, making it ideal for complex hospital operations.
How LoRA and UWB can help increase operational efficiency and reduce operating costs?
- Environmental monitoring: Hospitals require stringent environmental conditions, especially in critical areas such as operating rooms, intensive care units, and drug and vaccine storage areas. Hospitals can use LoRa-enabled IoT sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, air quality, and other environmental factors. Using the rules engine offered by TRACKGENT, immediate notifications can be configured in the event of any deviation from set parameters – ensuring quick action, preventing potential medical mishaps, and wasting valuable resources.
- Precise resource tracking: UWB-based TRACKGENT RTLS offers unparalleled accuracy in tracking hospital resources. From high-end medical equipment to essential tools, real-time tracking ensures that these resources are readily available when needed, reducing wait times and ensuring timely medical interventions. Moreover, accurate asset location data prevents theft and loss, and its analysis enables correct estimation of utilization leading to significant cost savings.
- Patient safety and workflow optimization: Patients, especially those in critical condition or with cognitive challenges, can be tagged with TRACKGNET RTLS. This ensures their safety, prevents unauthorized wandering, and helps move patients efficiently through different departments. Such systematic workflows reduce bottlenecks, reduce patient waiting times, and improve overall patient care.
- Staff management and response times: TRACKGENT RTLS can help monitor staff movement, ensuring that medical staff are available in areas of maximum demand. This leads to optimized work schedules, better emergency response times, and increased staff productivity.
- Maintenance and energy efficiency: LoRa sensors can monitor the energy consumption and performance of various electrical and HVAC systems. Predictive maintenance, powered by real-time data, can prevent sudden equipment failures and help hospitals save on emergency repair costs.
The TRACKGENT system innovatively combines the functions of a precision RTLS system based on UWB and IoT technologies with sensors using LoRA wireless technology. One system, one rule engine that gives you a wide range of applications. Combining both technologies in one system creates even more opportunities for optimization and, above all, cost savings.
Contact us to find out how you can use this technology in your hospital. Our analysts offer a comprehensive case study that will answer many of your questions. We look forward to seeing you at your modern, efficient, and cost-effective healthcare facility.