u‑blox wireless communication and positioning technologies boost hospital and healthcare efficiency by enabling doctors, nurses and first-aid personnel to work faster and smarter. Hospitals face a growing demand for better, faster handling of information. To enable them to treat and transport patients in the field and to gather and process vast amounts of critical data, they are making increasing use of wireless connectivity: global positioning combined with short range (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) and long-range (cellular) technologies that transmit vital data from patients to healthcare professionals at the hospital.
Ambulances today are high-tech, mobile hospitals. When someone is injured, paramedics must be on the scene quickly to administer emergency care. Integrated GNSS tracking systems determine the exact location of emergency vehicles in the field and minimize response time. En route to the hospital, wireless communications advise doctors of the precise time of arrival and the patient's condition.
Improving the efficiency of hospital staff
Short-range radio technology provides the mobile connectivity that enables hospital staff to access patient data from a tablet or other device anywhere in the hospital: this increases the speed and significantly improves the quality of data input and retrieval.
Managing medical and surgical inventories
Volatile drugs and blood supplies require continuous monitoring. Knowing the location, levels and expiration dates of medical stocks in the hospital, emergency vehicles, external treatment centers and blood banks is crucial. Ongoing monitoring and logging of storage temperature is also critical to the viability of blood supplies. Here, long-range cellular and short-range communication technologies are indispensable.