Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation in Healthcare Facilities
There is a variety of applications for indoor positioning in the healthcare sector. The main advantages are better orientation on the premises, reduced search times, theft protection of assets, increased safety for both patients and employees and overall considerable cost savings.
Asset Tracking in Medical Facilities
- Coordination of medical equipment and hospital beds
- Theft Protection
Tracking Patients and Employees
- Determination of locations in emergencies
- Tracking of vital signs
- Out-of-bed and fall detection
Indoor Navigation and Mobile App
- For employees, patients and visitors
- Find POIs (e.g. treatment rooms, canteen)
- Additional functionalities (colleague finder, appointment management)
For indoor navigation in healthcare facilities, Bluetooth Low Energy beacons with Bluetooth 4.0 are implemented most of the time. Easy installation and long battery life of beacons are big advantages of this technology. Using a smartphone app, patients, visitors and staff can easily navigate to relevant destinations on site and view their current position on a digital map. Sensor fusion - the use of smartphone sensors – can further improve precision.
For tracking assets and people, a server-based solution based on infsoft Locator Beacons and Bluetooth 4.0 tags is most commonly used. This enables area precise localization which is accurate enough in most cases, as it is sufficient to know in which room a medical device or a patient is located in a hospital.