Digital transformation is deeply changing how we live and work, often facilitating and automating normal daily activities with a fruitful collaboration between people and technology. This is also true for the Internet of things (IoT), the link between things and people that should connect more than 20 billion objects by 2020 according to Gartner.

One of the possible applications of this technology is in healthcare, where the use of “smart” devices meets security and process optimization needs. We created  IoT Interactive Tags thanks to years of experience with the most advanced technologies.

 

Manage security in Healthcare by connecting people and things

Our solution consists of small devices (tags) based on RFID technology (Radio-frequency identification) that are worn by patients and health personnel (as bracelets) and applied to portable medical devices to allow the tracking of people’s and things’ indoor positions. Correlation rules are used to to associate these positions with actions, for example notification or automation mechanisms.

Patients lacking autonomy or with disabling neurological diseases can use the tags to:

  • triangulate movements and send an alert when the patient approaches exits that lead to the outside or to potentially dangerous places;
  • detect their status with an internal accelerometer that activates the man down detection system if the patient falls to the ground, and sends a notification if the patient displays prolonged and unmotivated stasis;
  • ensure the safety of patients who are able to walk, but who need continuous monitoring because of problems related to orientation and memory (for example patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases).

As far as doctors, nurses and auxiliary staff are concerned, this technology can be used to:

  • constantly check patients’ positions to more effectively locate them;
  • keep track of patterns and periods inside the facility to more efficiently manage administrative documentation.
  • centrally manage restricted access areas, opening doors and lockers without having to resort to keys, badges or combinations;

Last but not least, medical equipment equipped with location tags can:

  • be easily located, without being lost (for example stretchers, mobile radiography devices, electrocardiographs, etc.);
  • send alerts and notifications if an infraction occurs (for example if equipment is removed from the facility);
  • perform an action based on a previously defined correlation (opening, closing, sounding an audible or luminous alarm, activating a call, and so on, when one or more conditions occur).

How the 4wardPRO IoT Interactive Tags works

 

RFID triangulation Cloud and machine learning Customized system
4wardPRO has chosen RFID for the identification and localization of objects and people. This technology guarantees greater precision than other technologies such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as more efficient battery life management. All the data collected through these sensors is sent to the Microsoft Cloud platform Azure, where machine learning algorithms automate the desired correlations. In fact, once it has been “instructed” with the rules associated with each device, the algorithm itself will make decisions, continuing to learn based on new situations. Starting from general rules that are valid for any health institution, the correlation mechanisms can then be customized according to the type of facility and the specific needs  of the personnel employed and the patients in treatment, in order to best respond to present and future needs.

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