VA deploys sensors to track most equipment
- 11 February, 2013 11:13
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has begun installing sensors to track anything that costs more than $50. The sensors, which will number in the millions, will be used to manage medical equipment, supplies, specimens and implants -- and, eventually, medical personnel and patients.
Hewlett-Packard announced that it has received a $543 million, five-year contract to begin deploying real-time location system (RTLS) technology at VA facilities nationwide. RTLS is an umbrella term for a range of scanning and wireless technologies that include Wi-Fi-based location tracking systems as well as RFID tags.
The goal is to make the VA more efficient in the way it uses supplies, manages inventory and delivers services to patients. Among other things, the system will send alerts if equipment is moved outside a designated area, or if a patient has moved into a restricted area.
The VA will also use the system to monitor the temperature of supplies and determine whether equipment has been sterilized.
The initiative will also include research into new ways to use data generated by such systems, an HP manager said.
This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.
Read more about government/industries in Computerworld's Government/Industries Topic Center.
Join the Computerworld Australia group on Linkedin. The group is open to IT Directors, IT Managers, Infrastructure Managers, Network Managers, Security Managers, Communications Managers.
- HTC unveils new Butterfly s phone that packs more battery life
- 3D printer creates lithium-ion batteries the size of a grain of sand
- Google Glass apps for enterprises coming by early 2014
- iPad 5 rumour rollup for the week ending June 18
- Say 'cheese', Earthlings! Spacecraft to snap home planet pic from deep space
Transfield wins $366m in new NBN work
Good riddance Google Reader: Feedly throws switch on alternate RSS service
Mobile app data protection not our responsibility, say Australians
"You may wish updated connection figures http://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/take-up-rate-of-nbn-in-coffs-harbour-takes-a-hike/1894499/ It is the acceleration of ..."NBN Co should prepare for Coalition government: NBN committee
Google adds more retailers for Chromebook