Improving Patient Flow


How Can RTLS Benefit the Emergency Department (ED)?

Patient flow measures, including but not limited to, arrival to departure for admitted and discharged patients, decision to admit, door-to-diagnostic evaluation, and “left before being seen”—will soon be among the various clinical quality measures of EDs. In other words, your facility will soon be, if it is not already, reporting ED measures to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These measures are directly tied to hospital reimbursement and can significantly impact patient satisfaction.

Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) have been a valuable, emerging technology in healthcare for several years now. Traditionally RTLS has been leveraged for asset and equipment tracking and management – but consider the value it could deliver to improving patient flow.

Imagine The Possibilities

Imagine if your ED could eliminate wasted minutes and hours searching and waiting for patients? Or if your staff could automatically be notified that it’s their turn in the process to visit the patient?  Imagine if you could know and be notified exactly when that patient is entering a room? Or if you could immediately and in real time be notified that the patient is now ready for a doctor? Or that the patient is not in their room/bay but has been sent for an MRI and where in the hospital they are physically located? Imagine being able to tell a relative exactly where the patient is if they are not in their room and with accuracy how long they’ve been away.

With Sonitor Sense™ RTLS, there is no need to ‘imagine’ – it’s possible.  Real Time Location Systems are providing hospitals and medical facilities with the ability to accelerate patient flow and shorten patient wait times, without affecting clinical quality, thus improving patient satisfaction. By applying Sonitor® RTLS tags to your facility’s patients, beds, staff, and equipment, you essentially provide your emergency medical staff with access to accurate, bed or bay-level location information, and an overview of patient flow efficiency.

Sonitor Sense RTLS provides unparalleled, accurate, and reliable indoor positioning data. Combining the highest level of accuracy and the fastest update rates the market has to offer, Sonitor’s RTLS can help you track, locate, and manage your patients in real time.

Sonitor Sense RTLS core positioning technology, powered by SmartZoning™ technology, is based on ultrasound which delivers the most consistently accurate and reliable location data. Unlike other technologies used in RTLS (ex. radio frequency and infrared), ultrasound signals are contained by walls, floors, ceilings and even windows and glass partitions. In addition, virtual walls can be easily created to provide sub-room and chair level resolution with up to four distinct zones created with a single device.

As a result, patient flow can easily be monitored and optimized. This can help move patients through the ED more efficiently and ensure that the right patients, staff, and equipment are in the right location at the right time.

Sonitor Sense RTLS can help reduce the time spent searching for patients, staff and equipment, allowing more time for patient care and potentially shortening their time in the ED. These benefits can directly impact patient flow metrics helping to ultimately improve the clinical quality measures of EDs that need to be reported to the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).