A large number of medical equipment and devices are used daily by clinicians, nurses, and other hospital staff with a lack of location tracking. Mobile equipment is for example lent to another department and not returned or its location is changed to assure its availability for urgent situations, leading to a decrease in its usage. The poor traceability of this equipment in health care settings has several consequences.

With the aim of making the process of finding and managing mobile assets within a hospital more efficient, Philips, OLVG, and the Eindhoven University of Technology are working on a pilot within the BigMedilytics project that uses a Real-Time Big Data analytics solution at OLVG hospital in Amsterdam. This solution receives streaming data from a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) to track mobile assets and help locale the medical equipment and devices.

Read the full article here to know how RTLS works and its benefits for hospitals and patients.

About the BigMedilytics project

The BigMedilytics project is one of the largest EU-funded initiatives under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme to transform the region’s healthcare sector through the use of big data. The initiative aims to achieve better patient outcomes in healthcare at a lower cost through the application of big data solutions.

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