News | March 09, 2008

NewYork-Presbyterian Installs AeroScout for Asset Tracking

March 10, 2008 - AeroScout Inc. recently said NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital launched its radio frequency identification (RFID) solution to track thousands of infusion pumps and other high-value equipment across four of its campuses in New York City.

“Improved visibility of our assets allows us to free up the time spent monitoring these assets, so our staff and technicians can do what they do best – provide high quality patient care,” said Dr. Steven Erde, vice president, information services technology and innovation at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. “We chose AeroScout because they offer a solution that is scalable to handle many thousands of assets, and meet the needs of a wide variety of hospital users across our large, distributed environment.”

The AeroScout Healthcare Visibility Solution has been installed at four of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s campuses - NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian/Allen Pavilion. The hospital has deployed more than 3,000 tracked assets so far, and plans to expand to 10,000.

The solution uses AeroScout’s WiFi-based Active RFID tags to track the location and maintenance status of Sigma infusion pumps and other assets, over the Hospital’s Cisco WiFi network. The tags are mounted on the pumps with a custom bracket created by AeroScout and Sigma. As they move throughout the hospital, they are tracked in real-time. When a tag requires cleaning or maintenance, nurses and other staff can press a call button on the tag to send a request to the biomedical engineering department.

Hospital staff use AeroScout’s Web-based MobileView software platform to view current or historical asset movement, and search for pumps by maintenance status. Because the AeroScout software and Cisco network are distributed across the facilities, staff have an enterprise view of their medical assets from a single Web interface. As the installation expands, access to MobileView will extend to multiple applications and stakeholders within the hospital, including nursing and materials management.

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