Analysis offers insight on asset tracking

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Asset tracking provides facilities with a means to detect, identify, and locate assets around-the-clock. However, according to a new guidance article published by ECRI, an independent, nonprofit health services research agency, while implementing an asset tracking system now would benefits some healthcare facilities very quickly, others are better off waiting for the marketplace to develop further. ECRI’s evaluation examines the performance of four suppliers’ systems products: the Agility Healthcare Solutions AgileTrac, the Ekahau RTLS (Real-Time Location System), the Radianse Find Assets, and the Versus Technology Versus Information System (VIS). The products are rated for two basic locating applications: finding equipment for IPM (inspection and preventive maintenance) and recalls, and finding it for clinical use. Just one model is rated “Preferred” for finding equipment. The systems are also rated for a more advanced application: inventory optimization and workflow improvement. Only one received the organization’s Preferred rating for this advanced application.