An Indoor Tracking System for Hospitals

The ability to track mobility services like patient transport and housekeeping (cleaning hospital rooms between patients) in real-time allows hospitals to look for opportunities to improve routine tasks, routes and their coordination. Courtesy of Henry Ford Health System

A new indoor software tracking system conceived at the Henry Ford Innovations (HFI) in Detroit for use in hospitals is being compared to GPS for its functionality.

The two developers behind the system called Novatrack say it has the potential to be a “game changer” in health care for its capability and precision to optimize operations and improve efficiencies.

The HFI today announced an exclusive licensing agreement with NAVV Systems, a Detroit-based start-up company, to market Novatrack commercially. The agreement is the latest licensing agreement made by HFI to develop and commercialize its intellectual assets.

Since its inception in 2011, HFI, the innovations arm of Henry Ford Health System, has signed 30 licensing agreements representing $350 million in future revenue.

“This is a win-win-win situation,” Joseph Jankowski, PhD, an HFI senior advisor, says of Novatrack. “It saves time because it makes better use of hospital resources, but it also improves the overall patient experience. Staff are more efficient in their work and patient transports and discharges are better managed, which creates a much better working environment for everybody involved in the care process.”

Novatrack is believed to be a first-of-its-kind software for coordinating indoor hospital logistics. It’s based on the hospital’s floor print and uses the hospital’s wireless network and Apple’s indoor positioning system to provide real-time visualization and location of staff who carry iPhones equipped with the Novatrack app. Managers monitor the staff’s location from a traffic-control center and communicate with them via text messaging. For privacy and security reasons, neither patients nor patient information is part of Novatrack.

Novatrack is the brainchild of two Henry Ford Health team members Paul Zieske, program manager of location services in Information Technology, and Daniel Siegal, MD, vice chair of the Department of Radiology. Zieske introduced the concept as one of the fellows in the 2014-15 inaugural class of HFI’s Davidson Fellowship program, which provides training and education for developing and commercializing digital technologies. It’s also where Zieske and Siegel teamed up, and the concept gained traction from there.

“Everybody has an idea of something they want to build when they come into the program,” Zieske says. “I knew the tracking system was something we needed to do.”

After completing the fellowship, Zieske and Siegal built a protype and, with the backing of hospital leadership, began testing it in October 2018 with patient transport and housekeeping services at Henry Ford Hospital, the health system’s flagship hospital. It is now being expanded for use in inpatient pharmacy and soon in inpatient food delivery services. In 2020, the software is also planned for use at Henry Ford’s other four acute-care hospitals in Clinton Township, Jackson, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte.

“The concept we’re using to describe this is traffic control for health care,” says Zieske, who early in his career worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and was part of the team that installed radar systems at the Detroit Metro Airport. “It shows the very precise location of workers and a little call-out with their name on the screen and the floor that they’re on.”

Siegal says Novatrack could be a “game changer” in health care because of its process improvement capability.

“Think about GPS on your phone outdoors. Now you have the ability to do that indoors (with Novatrack),” he says. “This is a tool to help end users be more efficient.”

The ability to track mobility services like patient transport and housekeeping (cleaning hospital rooms between patients) in real-time allows hospitals to look for opportunities to improve routine tasks, routes and their coordination, Dr. Siegal says.

“I think in 10 years, you’ll be behind the curve if you don’t have some kind of location-based tool in your health care system. Probably even five years,” Siegal says.

Both Zieske and Siegal emphasized that Novatrack is not for monitoring staff’s whereabouts in a Big Brother way. “We’ve been very open about it with staff,” Zieske says. “The reason we are tracking them is we want to improve safety and efficiency.”

For the health conscious, though, Novatrack can measure your walking distance on a shift. “I once showed a transporter how far he walked inside the building,” Zieske says. “You should have seen his face light up. He was like, ‘wow, I walked 5.5 miles today.’”

Source: Henry Ford Health System

6 Comments on "An Indoor Tracking System for Hospitals"

  1. This is really interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.

    I’ve joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post.

    Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  2. 462759 372876Enjoyed examining this, very very good stuff, thanks . 522240

  3. 675744 595055I always was concerned in this subject and stock still am, regards for posting . 455162

  4. 654793 564641Some truly nice stuff on this site , I like it. 340854

  5. 226356 540957Official NFL jerseys, NHL jerseys, Pro and replica jerseys customized with Any Name / Number in Pro-Stitched Tackle Twill. All NHL teams, full range of styles and apparel. Signed NFL NHL player jerseys and custom team hockey and football uniforms 544676

  6. 727086 184950I will tell your buddies to visit this internet site. .Thanks for the write-up. 907365

93 Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. купить котёл газовый
  4. graph.orgThe-Way-To-Get-Health-Care-At-Home-During-COVID-19---Health--Fitness-04-07
  5. canadian pharmacy no prescription
  8. canada drug
  10. seketu.gonevis.comhigh-10-tips-with-order-medicine-online-1
  13. canadian rx
  14. canadian pharmacy king
  20. buy cialis no rx
  21. skuvsbs.gonevis.comwhen-tadalafil-5mg-competitors-is-good
  22. buy cials online
  24. buy cialis online cheap
  28. kewertyn.wordpress.com20220427expect-more-virtual-house-calls-out-of-your-doctor-thanks-to-telehealth-revolution
  29. kerbiss.wordpress.com2022042714
  30. online pharmacy canada
  31. canadian pharmacy cialis
  32. online pharmacies
  36. 6270e49a4db60.site123.meblogthe-untold-secret-to-mastering-aspirin-in-just-7-days-1
  37. canadian pharmacy online 24
  40. canadian pharmacy world
  41. nanos.jpjmp?
  42. online pharmacies canada
  43. womed7.wixsite.compharmacy-onlinepostnew-ideas-into-canada-pharmacies-never-before-revealed
  45. sekyuna.gonevis.comthree-step-guidelines-for-online-pharmacies
  50. canadian drugs
  51. northwest pharmacy canada
  52. list of reputable canadian pharmacies
  53. canadian pharmacies without an rx
  54. canadadrugs
  57. best canadian mail order pharmacies
  60. canada medication
  61. gewsd.estranky.skclankydrugstore-online.html
  63. online pharmacy canada
  66. canadian pharmaceuticals online
  67. canadian pharmacies
  68. trust pharmacy canada
  69. best canadian mail order pharmacies
  70. best canadian pharmacies online
  72. kewburet.wordpress.com20220427how-to-keep-your-workers-healthy-during-covid-19-health-regulations
  73. Canadian Pharmacy USA
  74. canada viagra
  75. no 1 canadian pharcharmy online
  79. best canadian pharmacies online
  80. canadian pharmacy viagra
  81. canada drug
  88. heklrs.wordpress.com20220614canadian-government-approved-pharmacies
  89. iercvsw.wordpress.com20220614canadian-pharmacies-the-fitting-manner
  92. 62b2f636ecec4.site123.meblogcanadian-pharmaceuticals-online
  93. 62b2ffff12831.site123.meblogcanadian-pharmaceuticals-for-usa-sales

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.