Hospital Real-Time Location System (A Practical Approach in Healthcare): A Narrative Review Article

  • Leila GHOLAMHOSSEINI Department of Health Information Management, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Med-ical Sciences, Tehran, Iran and Department of Health Information Technology, School of Paramedical Sciences, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Farahnaz SADOUGHI Health Management and Economics Research Center, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  • Aliasghar SAFAEI Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran, Iran
Keywords: Hospital real-time location system (HRTLS), Radio-frequency identification (RFID), Global posi-tioning system (GPS), Wi-Fi; Iran

Abstract

Background: The Hospital Real-time Location Systems (HRTLS), deal with monitoring the patients, medical staff and valuable medical equipment in emergency situations. Therefore, the study aimed to propose Hospital Real-Time Location Systems based on the novel technologies in Iran. Methods: In this narrative-review, the articles and official reports on HRTLS, were gathered and analyzed from related textbooks and indexing sites with the defined keywords in English or Persian. The search of databases such as IDTechEx, IEEE, PubMed Central, Science Direct, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Scopus, Web of Science, Elsevier journals, WHO publications and Google Scholar was performed to reconfirm the efficiency of HRTLS from 2006 to 2017. Results: Various technologies have been used in the current systems, which have led to the reduced error rate, costs and increased speed of providing the healthcare services. Applications of these systems include tracking of patient’s, medical staff and valuable medical assets. Besides, achieving the patient & staff satisfaction is among other basic applications of these Systems. The accurate data exchange and processes control are considered as positive aspects of this technology. Conclusion: HRTLS has great importance in healthcare systems and its efficiency in medical centers is reliable; hence, it seems necessary to determine the organization’s requirements, apply novel technologies such as cloud computing and Internet of things, and integrate them to get access to maximum advantages in Iranian healthcare centers.    

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2019-04-16
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GHOLAMHOSSEINI L, SADOUGHI F, SAFAEI A. Hospital Real-Time Location System (A Practical Approach in Healthcare): A Narrative Review Article. Iran J Public Health. 48(4):593-602.
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