A vision of the future. Will Mobile Indoor L ocation B ecome a Commodity? Will RFID Technologies Start to Integrate with Mobile Location? Will RTLS Tags Become I ntegrated into Devices?. Scott Phillips Principal, RFID Portfolio Manager Kaiser Permanente. HIMSS 2014
A vision of the future
Will Mobile Indoor Location Become a Commodity?
Will RFID Technologies Start to Integrate with Mobile Location?
Will RTLS Tags Become Integrated into Devices?
Principal, RFID Portfolio Manager
IEEE and RHCC/Intelligent Hospital
February 23, 2014
Decision: Work with suppliers to embed RTLS tags into medical equipment.
Radio Frequency IDentification is technology that uses communication through the use of radio waves to transfer data between a reader and an electronic tag attached to an object.
Current RFID Use Cases at Kaiser Permanente
Active RFID Tag Adoption
37 of 38 Hospitals &
337 of 600+ MOBs
Active RFID Geographical Activity
Members can find the facility using GPS, and then once indoors navigate using indoor location to their doctor’s appointment.
Asset Tracking – Enhanced Location Accuracy
Nursing and Clinical Technology can quickly find needed equipment by knowing the exact room the equipment is in. Accuracy enables advanced equipment/patient workflows as well (e.g. par levels).
Nurses can track the location of on demand medications in transit; plus know when and where they are delivered to.
Mobile Indoor Wayfinding
Summary – More Infrastructure x3
Could the Future be Room Level or Better for 3 separate location networks?
If not, what rooms would be excluded?
Room Level or Better RFID Infrastructure x3
Future hospital floor with room level coverage x3
Room with multiple sensors and RFID tags
Room Level Location Networks x3 - Estimated
Note: These are not actuals. This is merely an illustration with rough approximations which includes several assumptions around widespread use case adoption, coverage requirements, location accuracy and future support costs for all three infrastructures.
Sensor Consolidation Feasibility and Benefits
Embedded Location Feasibility and Benefits
If ubiquitous location infrastructures are adopted (x3), the financial benefits from consolidation are operationally significant.
A technology approach that results in a single RFID / Location infrastructure for all use cases which maximizes sensor reuse is likely to lead to the lowest long term cost.
Location is embedded in mobile devices already for GPS, and is an emerging reality for indoor location. RTLS could accomplish the same providing standards are available.
Single Network + Embedded Tags =
Increased Value and Faster Industry Adoption.