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University Health System Uses RFID Technology to Track Valuable Mobile Equipment

Early in-house studies conducted by Shands at the University of Florida, a health system operated by the school, indicates that an asset-tracking solution installed at its three facilities in Gainesville has reduced the number of hours that its emergency department staff spends searching for missing equipment by 98 percent.

Shands at UF is employing an asset-management solution provided by AeroScout, to track approximately 1,000 assets across five departments, by means of AeroScout's battery-powered Wi-Fi RFID tags. The hospital is also in the midst of carrying out a proof-of-concept test at all three facilities, involving about 200 AeroScout temperature-sensing RFID tags.

The health-care group initially sought asset-tracking technology to help workers locate computers on wheeled carts, which they used as they met with patients, according to Brad Kowal, Shands' director of data centers and RTLS technologies. The group looked for a system that would leverage its existing Cisco Wi-Fi-based network, and selected the AeroScout system in 2009.

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Shands at UF is employing an asset-management solution provided by AeroScout, to track approximately 1,000 assets across five departments, by means of AeroScout's battery-powered Wi-Fi RFID tags. The hospital is also in the midst of carrying out a proof-of-concept test at all three facilities, involving about 200 AeroScout temperature-sensing RFID tags.

The health-care group initially sought asset-tracking technology to help workers locate computers on wheeled carts, which they used as they met with patients, according to Brad Kowal, Shands' director of data centers and RTLS technologies. The group looked for a system that would leverage its existing Cisco Wi-Fi-based network, and selected the AeroScout system in 2009.

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