The healthcare sector faces unprecedented pressure to provide better care while limiting costs. Smart use of technology allows healthcare providers to bridge the gap between growing regulatory complexity and demand for efficient delivery of care. Technology allows healthcare providers to track and monitor the location and movement of staff, patients, and equipment in real-time. The distance between each of these can be recorded with a typical resolution of between 10-25cm, opening a huge opportunity for infection control and improving operational efficiency.

Contact Tracing

Real-time and historical data about close contact between your patients and staff is a core element to better understanding the spread of infection. Technology providers such as Redpoint have developed solutions to automatically capture highly accurate data of contacts between patients and staff. Redpoint can provide a log of all contacts below 10 meters with a resolution of between 10-25 cm using its patented tag-to-tag communication. The data captured is then uploaded to the central database for analysis, providing a critical piece of the puzzle with real-time insights and data for historical analysis.

Infection Control

Technology can help you to achieve critical NHS targets. By understanding contact history and overlaying data from microbiology, you gain unique insights into the spread of infections. Combining this with information about infection control protocols allows you to review your protocols and monitor the efficacy of changes on the spread of infections. Real-time movement and contact data lets you monitor the adherence to your infection control protocols, identify breaches, and trace their impact. Reducing healthcare-acquired infections reduces the amount of antibiotics prescribed and administered in your hospital. It also diminishes unnecessary health implications for patients and risks of antimicrobial resistance, while reducing the length of stay and associated costs.

Staff Utilisation

Digital Transformation in Healthcare helps hospitals to reduce the regulatory and administrative burden on staff. Wise use of technology can automate repetitive, unfulfilling tasks and free up scarce time and resources to focus on the delivery of care. Deploying staff effectively will provide better clinical outcomes and improve staff well-being and happiness. Measuring utilisation helps to identify strain and optimise staff allocation to avoid the impact of overwork, which damages the mental health of your team.

Equipment Utilisation

Keeping track of valuable equipment and understanding what is currently in use or available for re-deployment is a challenge. Equipment often needs to move around your hospital and accurate tracking enables you to pinpoint the location of specific devices when you need them. It also helps to differentiate between shortages and poor distribution when allocating available equipment. Tracking your equipment allows you to identify potential loss and theft by monitoring your inventory and flagging unusual movements. Maintenance tasks can be executed efficiently by having full visibility of the current location and state of your equipment.

Operational Efficiency

Smart tracking your patients allows you to streamline their journey from admission to treatment to discharge. By efficiently managing wait times and waiting areas according to capacity, along with patient transfers to appropriate wards and clinics, you can improve patient health, safety, and satisfaction. Inefficient discharge costs each NHS trust tens of millions of pounds every year – every 1% of bed occupation above the baseline of 85% costs your trust £1m. In addition, they also cause the following pains for patients and health care providers (HCP):

  • Hospital stays over 10 days can lead to 10 years of muscle ageing for those most at risk.
  • 50% of late patient discharges are the result of poor internal assessment process, decision-making and care management.
  • 35% of patients over 70 experience functional decline during hospital admission.
  • 65% of patients over 90 experience the same.

Creating more efficient processes in the patient journey not only reduces their time in the hospital but can also improve the morale of your HCP while saving you money and reducing the chance of cross-infection.

Outstanding performance with UWB

Ultrawideband (UWB) technology is the technology that provides the most accurate proximity and location data, making it the ideal choice for professional healthcare applications that rely on accurate data. UWB from Redpoint Positioning seamlessly coexists with existing radio systems, using pulses instead of radio waves at a very low power across a very broad frequency spectrum. Designed to operate in dense environments, our UWB technology gives you perfect indoor connectivity with high accuracy and low latency. Apple, Samsung and Google embedded the technology in their latest devices, showcasing broad support and adoption by the most relevant mobile device manufacturers today. To learn more about how Redpoint Positioning can help you deliver better care to your patients by offering unrivalled visibility, click here to contact us today.

Understanding the healthcare world and its future landscape is Vishal’s expertise. As a medical doctor, surgeon of orthopaedics, he has a passion for patient welfare and believes technology is integral to advancements in patient outcomes. Vishal works in a variety of settings; hospital, pharmaceutical and devices and has built up a network of colleagues across Europe. With a keen interest in antimicrobial resistance and infection, Vishal works with national and international societies and governmental agencies to develop new initiatives and programs to benefit the whole scene of healthcare in the UK.  Dr Vishal Sharma

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