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Butler Hospital uses RFID linked to voice-over-IP

RFID Journal, January 26, 2011

When Butler Health System (BHS) planned its construction of a 210,000-square-foot surgical tower as an addition to its existing 330,000-square-foot hospital—known as Butler Memorial—it began reviewing real-time location systems (RTLS) that could capture the location of surgical patients and share that information with the staff and visiting family members. The envisioned solution would communicate with visitors regardless of where they are located within the hospital (both in the new tower and in the original facility) while waiting for a loved one undergoing surgery, and enable them to receive an alert as that patient's status changed—such as entering or leaving the operating room (OR) or the post-operative unit. In addition, the hospital wanted the system to tie into its voice-over-IP (VoIP) communication system with nurses and physicians, so that they, too, could view the location and status updates of patients to whom they are assigned, and thus improve OR workflow and be better able to respond quickly when necessary.

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