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Real-time location systems in nursing homes

state of the art and future applications

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Real-time location systems in nursing homes

state of the art and future applications

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Purpose – In the domain of healthcare, both process efficiency and the quality of care can be improved
through the use of dedicated pervasive technologies. Among these applications are so-called
real-time location systems (RTLS). Such systems are designed to determine and monitor the location
of assets and people in real time through the use of wireless sensor networks. Numerous commercially
available RTLS are used in hospital settings. The nursing home is a relatively unexplored context for
the application of RTLS and offers opportunities and challenges for future applications. The paper aims
to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper sets out to provide an overview of general applications and
technologies of RTLS. Thereafter, it describes the specific healthcare applications of RTLS, including asset
tracking, patient tracking and personnel tracking. These overviews are followed by a forecast of the
implementation of RTLS in nursing homes in terms of opportunities and challenges.

Findings – By comparing the nursing home to the hospital, the RTLS applications for the nursing home
context that are most promising are asset tracking of expensive goods owned by the nursing home in order
to facilitate workflow and maximise financial resources, and asset tracking of personal belongings that may
get lost due to dementia.

Originality/value – This paper is the first to provide an overview of potential application of RTLS
technologies for nursing homes. The paper described a number of potential problem areas that can be
addressed by RTLS.

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Published by Emerald Publishing Limited
Original article: https://doi.org/10.1108/JET-11-2017-0046

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
LectoraatLectoraat Urban Ageing
Gepubliceerd inJournal of Enabling Technologies Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley U.K., Vol. 12, Uitgave: 2, Pagina's: 45-56
Datum2018-03-20
TypeArtikel
ISSN2398-6263
TaalEngels

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