LocatorX, a provider of tracking technology to companies across a variety of industries, recently announced the launch of a National Medical Device Registry to track ventilators for hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The registry will enable any hospital that elects to participate to log their life-saving equipment for free, and will also help hospitals quickly identify the status of ventilators available for loan.
“For several weeks, there have been calls for technology companies to help in the COVID-19 crisis and we have recognized the need to step in and offer our service and technology,” said Jim Joustra, Chairman at LocatorX. “We believe in being good corporate citizens and want to do everything we can to help the healthcare industry, as well as our fellow Americans, in this difficult time.”
The LocatorX National Medical Device Registry will be accessible by facility managers and appropriate governmental agencies who require visibility into ventilator availability at no charge. Each state, facility, agency or healthcare system that has ventilators in its possession can enroll to register their ventilators. LocatorX will provide tracking labels for each ventilator the facility has in its possession. Nurses, respiratory therapists, and others authorized by their respective facilities will be able to download and use the LocatorX smartphone scanning app for free, and then scan the ventilator’s label each time an action is taken that affects that unit’s availability. LocatorX will provide ventilator manufacturers the tracking labels as well, for any ventilators produced during this period, at no charge so they may be applied to the units prior to shipment to the healthcare facilities.
“Tracking things is what we do. The pandemic has made clear the need to track medical assets, particularly ventilators, when and where they are needed most. Our technology will monitor the movement of all loaned ventilators in the program, so they can be easily returned to the proper location when no longer needed,” said Steve Maul, Chief Revenue Officer at LocatorX. “While we cannot undertake brokering loans of equipment between facilities or states, we will make the information needed available to gain access to the equipment more quickly, without having to make 50+ phone calls to every other state and the federal government to find available inventory and where that equipment is located.”
LocatorX, headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., offers companies a Certified DataMatrix for logistics, supply chain management, and consumer packaged goods that provides a unique time/data/location of any tag scanned with a smartphone. The company is also developing the world's first and only molecular-sized location tracking device. The device is based on the solid-state patented Miniature Atomic Clock (MAC) technology created by a nanomaterials lab at the University of Oxford, to which LocatorX has exclusive rights. Once developed, the company will provide exclusive patent rights to licensing partners in different industries for an accurate, inexpensive, and flexible technology that can track anything anywhere cell phone service is available.
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