Wi-Fi RTLS in U.S Hospitals: Pitting the Costs Against the Benefits

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Dynamic environments like those of hospitals in the Unites States are plagued by inefficiencies resulting from misplaced/ lost assets or staff who are not found when they are needed. Technology advancements have made available conducive solutions in the form of location technologies, better known as Real Time Location Systems. Given the associated high costs of deployment and a cost conservative environment, one of the most promising solutions has been found to be Wi-Fi based RTLS. An analysis of the potential costs and potential benefits reveals the feasibility for hospitals in the U.S to invest in Wi-Fi RTLS for their tracking and security needs.

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Wi-Fi RTLS in U.S Hospitals: Pitting the Costs Against the BenefitsIntroductionIntroduction To Location TechnologyU.S Healthcare Systems At A GlanceUnited States Hospital System A Brief OverviewHealth ITNeed for Tracking in HealthcareThe Necessity for Tracking in U.S HospitalsTracking Technologies: At a GlanceComparison of Basic Features of RFID and RTLSReal Time Location Systems: A SnapshotTechnologyExpected Benefits from Deploying RTLSRTLS Market OverviewDifferent RTLS TechnologiesAdvantages of WiFi RTLS - over Ultrasound or UWB RTLSPotential Applications of RTLS in HospitalsAsset and Patient Tracking Safety and Sensory BenefitsWiFi RTLS in Hospitals: Pitting the Costs Against the BenefitsA Model Hospital A Model Hospital Sans WiFi RTLSA Model Hospital with WiFi RTLSAnalysis of BenefitsPotential Monetary and Non Monetary BenefitsFuture Potential for RTLS Technology in HospitalsNew Applications with Multiple RTLS TechnologiesThe Verdict: Benefits Potentially Outweigh CostsThe Verdict: Potential Benefits of Deploying Wi-Fi RTLS Outweigh the Potential Costs

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