Dutch Hospital Uses Beacons to Track Treatment for Cardiac Patients

The cardiology department of Netherlands health-care provider Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) has begun using a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) solution provided by Zebra Technologies to track the amount of time it takes for cardiac-arrest patients to receive a balloon angioplasty treatment. The solution is helping the hospital to improve what it calls its door-to-balloon (DTB) rate, in order to better ensure that patients are treated as quickly as possible, thereby improving their chances of survival and recovery.

The solution is powered by Zebra’s Zatar platform (hosted software that provides users with IoT data). The RFID company is now making the system, known as Time Tracking Solution for Acute Myocardial Infarction, commercially available to other hospitals. It is also offering the solution for other time-to-treatment use cases, such as for acute ischemic stroke victims, according to Thomas Kurian, Zebra’s senior director of new growth platforms.

As soon as a heart-attack patient arrives at the emergency department, a wristband with a built-in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon is attached to that individual’s arm.

- Post Time: 12-08-15 - By: http://www.rfidang.com