Wearables for Tracking Employee Movement

Read Part I of this blog series on wearables in healthcare

Read Part II of this blog series on wearables in healthcare

Read Part III of this blog series on wearables in healthcare

This blog series is about how wearables have become more than a passing trend and are truly changing the way people and organizations think about managing health. I hear from many companies and customers who want to understand how the wearables market is impacting patient care as well as some of the changes taking place with providers, insurers, and employers. In this series, I’m sharing some of their questions and my responses. This blog’s question is:

Are there applications for tracking employee movement or flow apart from wellness applications?

Yes, this is a fairly widespread and growing practice in healthcare – monitoring the location and movement of employees, patients, and equipment. So you know where the patient is, where the care team is, where the closest infusion pump is. The “wearable” in this case would be the badge with integrated active or passive RFID. This is typically referred to as RTLS or real-time location system.

I haven’t come across many healthcare organizations that monitor their clinicians; patient and medical device monitoring is more widespread. There are some privacy concerns with employees being monitored, but there are benefits such as easily locating the care team or adjusting workflow throughout the hospital. I suspect a growing number of organizations will deem examples like these to have high enough ROI to allow for the minor privacy intrusion.

What do you think? Have you seen a trend in monitoring medical staff?

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Chris Gough

About Chris Gough

Chris Gough is Worldwide General Manager of Health and Life Sciences at Intel Corporation. In this role, Chris leads a worldwide team of technology leaders and subject matter experts to develop solutions that use information and communication technology to transform the health and life sciences industry. He works with companies, organizations, and governments around the world to help make this digital transformation a reality. With over 12 years of industry experience, Chris brings deep healthcare and life sciences expertise, along with a foundation in technology and its application to multiple industries. He has been with Intel for over 20 years and was formerly both product and security architect in Intel’s Digital Health division. In this role, he was the chief architect for several products including, Care Connect, and Integration Services for the Intel Health Guide. Mr. Gough has been an active member of the Continua Health Alliance and was one of the lead contributors to the end-to-end system architecture and interoperability guidelines. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of California at San Diego.