Location and sensing services will be valuable in healthcare even when the COVID-19 pandemic ends because the data collected by it will help improve operations and prevent infections.
FREMONT, CA: Healthcare facilities are looking for ways to monitor disease transmission and reduce the number of healthcare-associated outbreaks more than ever. Hospitals worldwide are getting ready to see a surge of patients infected with the COVID 19 virus. It would be necessary to take extra measures to ensure that medical equipment is adequately sanitized and to notify healthcare providers if they come across a patient who has been diagnosed with the disease.
Medical equipment, employees, and patients can be tracked in real-time using locating and sensing services. Healthcare facilities may use the increased visibility to avoid the spread of infection, maintain patient safety, receive non-compliance incidents and contamination warnings.
Asset tracking, capacity management, hand hygiene compliance, contact tracing, and environmental monitoring are only a few of the healthcare sectors' resources with IoT technology. Having real-time and historical location and environmental condition data will save the hospital time and resources. Such information will also make the environment safer for staff and patients.
Asset tracking and capacity management
As the number of reported COVID-19 cases rises, so do the healthcare industry's demands. To deal with the surge of patients, hospitals must easily find clean, ready-to-use, life-saving equipment. Staff members may use Enterprise Location Services to search for appropriate equipment by category, make or manufacturer, and other attributes. Asset tracking provides additional benefits such as monitoring equipment in quarantine rooms, efficient soiled equipment management, and contact tracing of equipment via location history reports.
According to the CDC, washing hands often for at least 20 seconds is one of the safest ways to avoid contracting the coronavirus or other infections. The Joint Commission enforces handwashing procedures, and citations are given to approved healthcare facilities if an employee fails to follow the rules. Hand hygiene compliance can be easily automated and monitored using location and sensing services.
Contact tracing is a location-based contact history log that monitors interactions with other people and facility equipment. When an infected person enters a medical facility, it quickly investigates and reports the possible risk. This information helps hospitals keep track of their patients' interactions with others and send out targeted messages to help prevent disease transmission.