Hospital staff were spending excessive amounts of time attempting to locate medical devices and equipment while the clinical engineering team was wasting large amounts of time locating equipment for servicing. X-Tracking™ will help alleviate these challenges, which were made more acute during the COVID pandemic.
The hospital has recently obtained a GS1 license, which has enabled the procurement of a real-time locating system (RTLS) such as X-Tracking™.
X-Tracking™ is a web-based tracking system that uses a combination of data capture technologies, including radio frequency identification (RFID) and GS1 barcodes, to identify and track assets, such as mobile medical equipment. Via the use of handheld terminals and fixed RFID readers in strategic locations throughout the hospital, the system will scan and read medical devices, providing real-time location data, which will feed into the hospital’s existing asset management database, Medusa.
The project will track medical assets and equipment at the main University of Wales campus, as well as install infrastructure to read RFID tags on assets at their clinical engineering site at Field Way.
Lyngsoe Systems and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board anticipates that the implementation of X-Tracking™ will reduce unnecessary waste of clinical and technical staff time, improve medical equipment utilisation, provide an accessible portal for staff to quickly locate critical kit and improve the ability to audit assets.
“We are delighted to be working with the team at the University Hospital of Wales. Introducing GS1 approved medical asset tracking will help improve many of the hospital’s operational efficiencies and will be incredibly rewarding.”
“The Clinical Engineering team is excited to be working with Lyngsoe Systems to deliver an RTLS for our ICU and Theatre Suite in the University Hospital of Wales. X-Tracking™ will integrate with our medical equipment asset management system and provide an accessible interface for clinical staff to locate equipment quickly and easily.
“X-Tracking™ is fully GS1 compliant and will integrate with the NHS Wales Scan4Safety project and, as that system rolls out, we will be ready to expand tracking use cases seamlessly.”
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