(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.
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