Real-Time Location Systems for Health Care

Report | Kenneth Kleinberg | May 30, 2013

To enable more efficient and faster care, real-time location systems (RTLS) attempt to locate, track, and manage assets throughout hospitals and beyond their walls. Used most often to find high-value equipment from infusion pumps to wheelchairs, these systems are additionally and increasingly being used to locate people, like nurses and patients.

In this study, we look at the uses, technologies, challenges, ROI, and vendors of RTLS in health care, and present actionable advice to providers about how to succeed with RTLS initiatives.

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