What is Patient Tracking?
  • What is Patient Tracking?

What is Patient Tracking?

What is Patient Tracking?

Patient tracking refers to the process of tracking and recording a patient's location and activities within a healthcare environment. It is commonly used in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities to improve safety, efficiency and quality of care.

Patient tracking uses a variety of technologies, such as wireless sensors, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), real-time location systems (RTLS), and mobile devices. These technologies are used to track and record patients' movements and activities. For example, they can be attached to patient bracelets, wheelchairs, beds or other objects that the patient carries.

The purpose of patient tracking is to enable healthcare providers and healthcare staff to manage and track patients more efficiently. It offers a number of benefits, including:

  1. Safety: Patient tracking can help prevent missing, wandering, or accidental patient movements. It makes it easier to identify their location and respond quickly in case of an emergency.

  2. Workflow Optimization: Patient tracking allows caregivers to improve the flow and scheduling of care tasks. For example, they can reduce the time it takes to get a patient to an appointment or shorten waiting times for exams and treatments.

  3. Care coordination: Patient tracking helps healthcare providers improve communication and collaboration. They can see where a patient is and easily connect with the right staff or other caregivers involved in the patient's care.

  4. Efficient use of resources: Patient tracking allows healthcare facilities to optimize the availability and utilization of resources, such as medical equipment, beds, and staff, based on patient location and needs.

It is important to note that patient tracking must comply with ethical and privacy guidelines to ensure the confidentiality of patient data and respect patient rights and choices.