Where's My Patient?

(from the April 6, 2022, ACP Hospitalist)

By Marissa Sandkuhler, Milan Urukalo, Claire Knutson, Gavin Reynolds, and Jamie S. Newman, MD, MHA, MACP

Real-time location services are gaining traction as a tool for finding equipment and patients in the hospital.

In hospital care, efficiency is an essential goal. Real-time location services (RTLS) is a tool to monitor the location of objects and people and improve efficiency, using technologies such as radiofrequency or Bluetooth. The infrastructure to enable this technology consists of transmitters stationed throughout a hospital and devices attached to each person or piece of equipment. Users are then able to see the real-time location of the objects and individuals.

Read the full article in ACP Hospitalist.

ACP Hospitalist is an online magazine for ACP members covering news and trends in hospital medicine. Single sign-on to ACP is required to access this article.

Back to the July 2022 issue of ACP IMpact