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RTLS market for health care to exceed $3 billion by 2022

by Lisa Chamoff, Contributing Reporter | February 28, 2017
From the January 2017 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

STANLEY Healthcare
STANLEY Healthcare provides a full suite of RTLS solutions, including asset management, environmental monitoring, staff and patient security, patient flow, infant protection and hand hygiene compliance monitoring. Joel Cook, senior director of healthcare solutions for STANLEY Healthcare, has noticed a major trend in the last few years for solutions to migrate to Wi-Fi. There has also been a major push toward RTLS companies providing patient flow solutions and using that data to improve workflow and decrease wait times. The company’s By Your Side customer care program, launched at the end of 2016, aims to help clients use the RTLS data to improve processes. STANLEY has been working with a large cancer center in the Southwest to help the facility use RTLS data for prescriptive scheduling models, strategizing when to schedule easier and more difficult cases to cut down on wait times and improve throughput. “As people have gone through their first and second wave of EMR deployment, they have asked, ‘How do I better use the information I can glean from the EMR,’” Cook says.

Sonitor Technologies

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Sonitor Technologies differs from its competitors by using ultrasound as the core technology for its RTLS system, as opposed to traditional technologies such as infrared, resulting in more accurate positioning, says Sandra Rasmussen, Sonitor’s vice president of marketing. “The technology creates virtual walls that create frames within an open space. For example, if you’re in a room and you want to be able to divide that room into two or more bays,” Rasmussen says. The company’s new SenseVIEW software platform, launched in 2016, provides local and remote system monitoring, showing the performance and health of the system. It provides information on battery status, Rasmussen says, and the company can also perform remote diagnostics and remote configuration. The company has other products in development. “We expect there’s a lot more innovation left in ultrasound technology,” Rasmussen says.

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