Academic Hospital Maastricht (azM) part of Maastricht Universitair Medisch Centrum (MUMC+) extends asset management with positioning technology to provide complete healthcare
If you ask an average person to describe a hospital they will probably come close to the definition in for example the Cambridge dictionary: “A place where people who are ill or injured are taken care of by doctors and nurses.” We also may be stunned by reading in the newspaper about research that delivered treatment for a disease that seemed for a long time incurable. And to be honest for most people that is probably all they want and, hopefully, need to know about a hospital. Most of us will not consider the important part technology can play in how doctors and nurses take care of people in a hospital.
Technology supports health-care and its complex environment
At Maastricht UMC+ (MUMC+) they know that technology can develop the way healthcare is delivered and can give a better grasp of the complex environment healthcare takes place in. MUMC+ is in The Netherlands the only University Hospital that combines academic research with a regional operating hospital. In 2011 it had 715 beds and more than 6000 employees. It opts for an integrated approach to healthcare and likes to offer a maximum range of services to as many patients as possible.
The project roaming detection at the child care department is one of the great examples where new technology increases the service level the hospital provides. Frank Meuwissen and Ger Schrouff (Department of clinical engineering) implemented together with MACS and IBM a solution to locate and position children preventing them to wander to areas where they are not allowed. MUMC+ is the first hospital to use this advanced solution that combines IBM Maximo Asset Management, IBM Real-Time Asset Locator (RTAL) and Soni-tor Ultrasound Technology.
The use of positioning and locating technology
“The positioning and locating technology allows MUMC+ to better grasp ‘all that can be on the fly’ such as devices, patients and employees,” Ger Schrouff explains. It allows the hospital to improve schedules and better utilises resources. Franks Meuwissen clarifies: “A hospital possesses quite a number of devices that are used on a daily basis. A good example is infusion pumps to administer medicines. Our Board of Directors requested to investigate how the use of infusion pumps can be organised more efficiently to enable the MUMC+ to reduce the total number of infusion
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