US-based Ekahau announced that Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida deployed its proximity-based geo-messaging solution (RFID-over-Wi-Fi) to improve coordination of patient care and communications between nurses and physicians in the hospital's Behavioral Health Unit.
At the start of each shift, Flagler’s caregivers wear Ekahau’s active RFID badges and if assistance is needed, they simply press one of two badge buttons so that nearby co-workers receive their help request, displayed on the badge LED as a text message.
Unlike pagers and intercom systems, Ekahau’s geo-messaging solution requests help from those individuals closest to the initiator, and therefore most likely to quickly respond.
Ekahau badges also save time by displaying the location of the caregiver requesting assistance and eliminating the need for map look-ups. Caregivers can also search for other employees on real-time, web-based floor plans, using Ekahau Vision software.
Ekahau president and CEO Mark Norris noted the company is pleased that the Ekahau geo-messaging solution is streamlining caregiver workflows at Flagler Hospital.
"By messaging those who are near them, busy caregivers can spend less time securing help and more time with patients," Norris added.