Indoor Navigation & Tracking in the Healthcare Sector

Hospitals and clinical centers are eager to offer their patients the best possible service. After all it supports recovery when patients are comfortable during their stays. And not least, happy patients contribute to the good reputation of a hospital. Of course, good medical care has absolute priority. But besides that, a lot can be done for the quality of stay. For example, a hospital app helps navigating in the building and facilitates accessing services.

The possible applications for indoor positioning in healthcare go far beyond that. Wi-Fi, beacons and co. help optimizing processes: Mobile medical equipment can be found quicker, staff is being relieved, hygiene rules controlled, itineraries analyzed, appointments coordinated and costs reduced.

Application Scenarios

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

  • App for employees, patients and visitors
  • Find POIs (e.g. treatment rooms, canteen)
  • Additional functionalities (colleague finder, appointment management)

White Paper

Read more about advantages of indoor positioning for the healthcare sector, positioning technologies and use cases in our comprehensive white paper.

Technical Implementation

Infografik Clientseitige Positionsbestimmung Beacons
Client-Based Positioning with Beacons

For indoor navigation in healthcare facilities, Bluetooth Low Energy beacons 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.

Infografik Serverseitige Positionsbestimmung Locator Beacons Healthcare
Server-Based Positioning Using infsoft Locator Beacons

For tracking assets and people in healthcare, a room-accurate, server-based localization solution based on infsoft Locator Beacons and Bluetooth tags is most commonly used. For this purpose, BLE beacons are attached to the assets to be tracked. The transmitted signals are received by an infsoft Locator Beacon and sent to an infsoft Locator Node, which forwards the data to the infsoft LocAware platform®.


We offer customized solutions as well as out-of-the box products for your indoor positioning project. Explore our products for healthcare – including implementation and cost examples.

Further Resources

If you would like to learn more about indoor positioning in the healthcare and pharmaceuticals industry, the following resources might be interesting.

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