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Hospital to Track 12,000 Assets With Active RFID

Michigan Medicine, one of the largest healthcare complexes in the world, has deployed active RFID technology to track thousands of assets throughout its facility, the hospital says. The technology is intended to reduce rental costs, as well as the rate of missing equipment as the healthcare provider expands further.

The technology, consisting of Wi-Fi-based active RFID tags, ultrasound exciters and MobileView software, was provided by technology company Stanley Healthcare.

Michigan Medicine houses 1,000 beds in five buildings, and receives 104,000 ER visits and more than 54,300 surgical cases annually. The hospital manages 12,000 pieces of equipment in its centralized patient equipment department. That equipment includes pumps and beds, as well as other devices in high demand and critical for patient care. Davis' office received 200,000 equipment requests in 2016 alone.

Traditionally, requests were made by healthcare personnel online or by phone, and were filled by hospital employees who delivered the requested equipment. Those individuals then swept units for equipment that require cleaning, and that equipment was then cleaned and returned to the central facility until requested again.

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The technology, consisting of Wi-Fi-based active RFID tags, ultrasound exciters and MobileView software, was provided by technology company Stanley Healthcare.

Michigan Medicine houses 1,000 beds in five buildings, and receives 104,000 ER visits and more than 54,300 surgical cases annually. The hospital manages 12,000 pieces of equipment in its centralized patient equipment department. That equipment includes pumps and beds, as well as other devices in high demand and critical for patient care. Davis' office received 200,000 equipment requests in 2016 alone.

Traditionally, requests were made by healthcare personnel online or by phone, and were filled by hospital employees who delivered the requested equipment. Those individuals then swept units for equipment that require cleaning, and that equipment was then cleaned and returned to the central facility until requested again.

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