RESTON, Va., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ekahau Inc., the leader in Wi-Fi-based Real-Time Location Systems (RFID-over-Wi-Fi™) announced today that Altru Health System in Grand Forks, North Dakota deployed its asset tracking, management and analytics reporting solution to reduce staff search times for vital medical equipment, including, code blue crash carts, patient beds, specialty beds, wheel chairs, IV pumps and other bedside assets. Visiting families also use Ekahau's RTLS messaging badges at Altru Health to keep track of patient progress and surgery status.
As a leading health system serving 409,515 outpatients and 13,927 inpatients each year, the ability to quickly secure medical equipment required for patient discharges, admissions and medical procedures is critical to operational efficiency and a positive patient experience. The Ekahau Vision™ RTLS software platform allows caregivers to search web-based maps for equipment by ID number, location and other attributes, saving time that would otherwise be spent searching room by room, while patients wait. In addition, Ekahau's geo-fencing feature also reduces the likelihood of equipment theft by alerting the closest staff members when equipment is about to leave through restricted zones such as exits. Ekahau Vision software also reports equipment utilization and availability rates and quantities of equipment in designated locations, in order to help managers better predict equipment demands, resource maintenance projects and right-size equipment budgets.
"By helping caregivers locate vital equipment quickly, we can reduce patient wait times and improve patient satisfaction. Our busy caregivers find the Ekahau RTLS asset tracking solution indispensable and easy to use, and our engineers can now analyze equipment utilization rates and increase availability to better meet changing demands," said Clyde Strand, Biomedical Engineering Manager, Altru Health System.
"By revealing equipment related workflow bottlenecks, we're proud that Ekahau RTLS technology has become an integral part of Altru Health System's operational and long-term asset management strategy," adds Mark Norris, President and CEO of Ekahau.
About Ekahau Inc.
Ekahau Inc. is the performance leader in providing Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) using RFID-over-Wi-Fi™ technology. Ekahau RTLS includes the Ekahau Vision™ business intelligence software platform and active RFID tags and Wi-Fi badges, which give staff and managers unprecedented visibility into the location, condition and status of assets, people and workflows. Thousands of Fortune 500 companies, hospitals and other facilities rely on Ekahau's patented technology to reveal business intelligence that drives decision-making. Ekahau partners include leading wireless software developers, systems integrators and WLAN providers. Learn more about Business Intelligence Through Location at: www.ekahau.com or on the Ekahau Blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.