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Location Services for Healthcare

August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Continuing Education Center
Digi-Key
Rohde & Schwarz USA Inc.

Louis Giokas

Louis Giokas started out in the aerospace business holding positions in development and management. At General Electric Aerospace (now part of Lockheed Martin) he held positions of software engineer... More

Location service refers to a set of devices and software that allow the tracking of all manner of items in an enterprise.  In general these are real time tracking services.  Thus, an enterprise has a real time picture of where everything that needs to be tracked is and can deploy, resupply and maintain all these items in a consistent manner.  This is a truly Internet of Things (IoT) environment.  In the healthcare environment, this level of management can be critical, and can also lead to major efficiencies.  In this course we will review the general field of Real Time Location Services (RTLS) and then discuss their application of and use in a healthcare setting. 

August 25 – Day 5 – Available Products and Future Trends

There are a number of available RTLS products in the industry. We will discuss a sampling of those available. In general these are not compatible. We will also discuss standards that should lead to interoperability between these. As mentioned, there are always new technologies being developed and...
August 25, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

August 24 – Day 4 – Implementation Issues

Applying location services in a healthcare environment is a major task. There are many considerations. These might include how to apply the tags and locate the sensors as well as security and management of the location services system as a whole. We will discuss these issues and work through some...
August 24, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

August 23 – Day 3 – Systems and Software

The tags and sensors are important, but they do not actually do the job by themselves. All of the data collected by the sensors are collected, stored and processed by multiple layers of software which allows a full picture of the collection of things being monitored to be given. This includes the...
August 23, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

August 22 – Day 2 – Tags and Sensors

At base, location services rely on the tags and sensors used. There are many types already in use, and more are being developed. We will concentrate on those used in the healthcare environment. One of the most important aspects in healthcare is accuracy of location and we will address these issues...
August 22, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT

August 21 – Day 1 – Overview

This lecture will concentrate on a general description of RTLS. This will include an introduction into the general technologies used, and the implementation issues generally encountered. RTLS is much more than just tags and sensors and we will take a systems approach to understanding the topic.
August 21, 2017 - 2:00pm EDT
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