Beyond Nurse Call: A Six-Part Series About How RTLS is Revolutionizing Traditional Caregiver Interactions (Part 2 of 6)


Nurse call management software has become increasingly sophisticated enabling modern nurse call systems, which were previously manual, to become fully automated through an array of advanced applications.

Among the most important backbone technologies supporting these systems is Real Time Location System (RTLS). Integrating RTLS offers numerous advantages and opportunities to improve efficiencies and patient satisfaction, collect key data and positively impact outcomes. The following is the second in a multi-part series describing six ways connected intelligence derived from Real Time Location Systems data is revolutionizing traditional caregiver interactions.

Reduce miles walked and phone time

Herman Miller Healthcare commissioned a study which showed that nurses walk up to four miles during a typical shift.1 A great deal of that effort is due to the constant search for people and equipment. With ultrasound-based RTLS, precise locations of both down to the chair level are at the nurse’s fingertips via a workstation portal or even via a mobile app on a hand-held device. Nurses spend dramatically less time searching for people and things and more time delivering care.

(1) “Measuring How Far Nurses Walk,” HermanMiller Healthcare, 2017.