When Eastern Maine Medical Center opened the doors to a 175,000 square-foot cancer center, Brenda Clements took a look around and realized what all that space meant to patients. It meant they were going to get lost a lot, said Clements during a HIMSS14 interview. We have 300 patients a day who have to make multiple stops during their treatment, and to expect them to find their way through a new building was asking a lot.
So Clements, R.N., manager of nursing services at Eastern Maine, spearheaded an effort to embed real-time location system technologyfrom Versusinto the new facility by way of hardwired infrared scanners. When patients come into the facility, their name and therapy are scanned into the RTLS network. The system tracks them through the waiting rooms and also notifies clinicians when they ready to move onto another area.
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