It was a no-brainer to implement an RFID tracking system because we already had a wireless network infrastructure in place. There were significant cost savings from being able to leverage what we had. But you need to do an RF analysis to make sure the capacity is there to support these tags.
On the nursing floors, each patient room has a tablet, and in open areas like the ER they're specific to the department. We can set a perimeter for each one, and if the device crosses it, an alarm is sent to whatever pager we've designated for that particular device. Right now the alarm goes to someone in the department, but we're looking at sending them all to a central location, because sometimes pager batteries run low.
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