Philips Announces New RFID Asset Tracking Solution

Nov. 27, 2006
New solutions aim to help hospitals increase compliance and productivity.

To help hospitals increase productivity, comply with regulations and prevent theft and loss, Royal Philips Electronics' Medical Systems division introduced the Philips asset tracking solution. Using Wi-Fi based technology by AeroScout Inc., the asset tracking solution is designed around the hospitals' existing 802.11 wireless infrastructure.

The Philips asset tracking solution utilizes technology that includes wireless tags, a location engine and the MobileView user interface. The tags, which can be attached to most mobile assets, feed information into the location engine, and the asset's position can then be portrayed on a map or in a table for any networked hospital user.

"Asset tracking addresses many of the perennial problems that modern hospitals face," said Yuval Bar-Gil, CEO of Andover, Mass.-based AeroScout. "This solution will enable Philips' customers to optimize their asset utilization, meet JCAHO compliance requirements and help to improve hospital efficiencies."

The first customer to deploy the Philips asset tracking solution is the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. This installation is one of the health-care industry's largest Wi-Fi-based asset tracking projects, covering eight floors and 1 million square feet with 2,300 tagged assets in use throughout the hospital. Hospital staff members use the Philips solution to track and manage equipment such as infusion pumps, beds, monitors, wheelchairs and other portable devices.

Philips' asset tracking solution includes implementation, maintenance, operational and change management, consulting and extensive end-user support and training.

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