Where Is That Wheelchair?
While schools want to prevent kids from vaping, hospitals want to prevent equipment from being stolen or misplaced. Claro Enterprise Solutions, a global technology services company with U.S. offices in Miramar, Fla., has an asset management solution that uses AI-enabled video analytics, geo-fencing, and beacons to identify and monitor the location and movement of equipment within a healthcare facility. Claro partnered with Iveda, a provider of IoT platforms, turnkey cloud video surveillance systems, smart sensors, and intelligent video search technology, to develop the solution.
“What we're finding in the industry is they lose between 15% to 35% of their equipment on a yearly basis,” says Mark Popolano, managing director of business innovation at Claro. In addition to reducing theft, the solution creates a more efficient way to manage assets in real time. “Think about what happened with COVID-19. A lot of times they couldn't find the respirators and yet [they] were sitting in the basement,” Popolano says. Now hospitals can easily locate equipment, he adds. Plus, “You'll know what equipment is in a highly contagious area that needs to be disinfected and which ones are not. So it allows you then to really manage the assets appropriately.”
The solution, which is built for mobility, operates on a sub-network independent from the hospital information systems. It requires the installation of QR codes and beacons on the hospital equipment that transmit to plug-in modems via Bluetooth. Hospital staff can search for assets from their phones or iPads or receive alerts if equipment moves outside of accepted zones. The solution can also be integrated with a hospital’s video security system.
Hospital security offices can manage the solution themselves or have Claro do so as a managed service. “We can do the security and track equipment for them if they so desire because it's self-contained. We don't have hospital records. We don't know anything about the patient. We're really tracking the assets. So this is low risk.”
The solution has been running in a hospital in Taiwan for more than a year, and Claro is in the proposal stage with several U.S. facilities.