Frequently Asked Questions
RTLS in Healthcare Installation and Maintenance
What are some of the installation issues that hospitals should be aware of?
Ease of installation can have a significant impact on the overall project costs, length of time to install and disruption to patient care. Any hardwired system should be considered carefully, since mechanical installation and drilling can affect patient care and require specific infection control protocols. For RTLS that is wireless, there are a couple of key factors that hospitals should be aware of:
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What are some of the maintenance issues that hospitals should be aware of?
For Wi-Fi systems, here are the main maintenance questions to address:
Who is responsible for maintaining the network and the ongoing calibration needed?
How is this going to affect the workload of the IT department?
If the vendor is taking responsibility, what’s it going to cost?
Who is responsible for monitoring security and interference issues with the location traffic on the Wi-Fi network?
How does this affect the IT department’s workload and responsibilities?
For systems that use devices that plug into electrical outlets, consider these questions:
What happens when the readers get unplugged?
Who is responsible for assuring the readers get plugged back in and in the appropriate location?
If the readers are stolen or misplaced, who’s responsible?
For battery-powered systems:
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