Where did we put that wheelchair?
Devices and equipment can be among the modern hospital's largest cost centers, second only to personnel. But keeping tabs on wheelchairs, monitors, and pumps is not easy. A few innovators have turned to real- or near real-time asset tracking systems to pinpoint the location of all that expensive equipment and keep better tabs on maintenance while avoiding oversupplies. In this article and in " 'Brain' keeps supplies current" below, we discuss how asset tracking technology built on radio frequency identification (RFID) can fit in with hospitals' strategic priorities. RFID uses radio signals to monitor the location of equipment tagged with special badges.