Encompass combines the experience of GE Healthcare in medical devices and hospital operations management with the expertise of its technology partner, Zebra Technologies, a leader in enterprise mobile computing solutions.
Over the past 15 years, real-time location systems (RTLS) have been proven to help hospitals significantly improve management of critical mobile clinical assets, right-size inventories, and save up to millions of dollars in capital and maintenance costs. However, significant obstacles around implementation of traditional RTLS – including large capital expenditures and long, disruptive deployment programs – have limited its market penetration to just 15% to 20%.
Encompass can achieve new levels of RTLS adoption by helping facilities enable better patient care, operational efficiency and financial performance with a simple, fast, flexible and cost-efficient solution. Built upon open standards and commercial Bluetooth Low Energy wireless technology that leverages a hospital’s existing Wi-Fi network, this approach eliminates the classic objections to proprietary hard-wired locating systems.
It can be installed in a matter of days instead of months, and without opening ceilings or drilling into walls to run cable. The capital and installation cost is up to 60% lower than for cabled RTLS. The system readily scales to accommodate growth and can be easily reconfigured if hospital layouts are redesigned or repurposed.
As a cloud-based application, the location system is accessible to any authorized staff member and from any computer or mobile device with internet access.
“We believe this means that nursing and HTM departments who have been asking for real-time asset tracking capabilities are going to start getting approvals from decision-makers,” said Rob Reilly, VP and GM, US & Canada Services, GE Healthcare.