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One of the leading developers of in-hospital patient care systems is adding location technology to its platform.
GetWellNetwork, based in Bethesda, Md., is integrating real-time location system (RTLS) technology from Framingham, Mass.-based Stanley Healthcare Solutions to its Interactive Patient Care platform. The integration is designed to enable patients and their families – as well as hospital officials – to identify and track visits to the hospital room by caregivers.
“Keeping patients and their families informed while in our hospital is absolutely vital to providing a positive patient experience and facilitating the best possible outcomes,” said Brian Adams, chief executive officer of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, which is using the new platform, is a press release. “The information from the combined Stanley Healthcare and GetWellNetwork solution is much more accessible and timely for our customers than traditional paper or whiteboard methods, and it helps improve both patient satisfaction and security.”
Through its recent acquisition of AeroScout, Stanley Healthcare has developed a Wi-Fi-enabled RFID tag that allows hospitals to track the tags through the facility. The tag sends a signal whenever a wearer enters or exits a room, and displays the wearer's name, photo and pertinent information to the patient's in-room video monitor. That data is also recorded so that a patient's family and hospital administrators can track clinician visits to a particular patient.
“Many healthcare organizations around the world use our solutions for staff and asset tracking, patient flow and environmental monitoring, and the implementation at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel shows yet another example of the value of RTLS,” said Scott McFarland, vice president of sales at Stanley Healthcare Solutions, in the press release. “Together with GetWellNetwork, we are helping improve the patient experience and satisfaction at Wesley Chapel and other leading healthcare organizations.”
“The integrated GetWellNetwork and Stanley Healthcare solution provides a new level of security, information and peace-of-mind to patients and their families,” added Michael O’Neil Jr., founder and chief executive officer of GetWellNetwork, Inc. “The deployment at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is the first integration of RTLS with our patient engagement solution and illustrates the openness and collaboration required of technology providers to make healthcare better for patients.”
Recently named a leader in the interactive patient systems arena by KLAS, GetWellNetwork has built its network around a platform that offers everything from clinical content and information on hospital services to entertainment, Internet access and a recently added Interactive Patient Whiteboard communications exchange, all accessible from the hospital bed. The company also offers links to the patient's electronic medical record and a personal health record and has added mobile capabilities. The company recently announced a deal with the VA to implement its platform in 21 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers across the country.
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