Applying RFID to Ambulance Services

Across Canada and the U.S.A., the professionals in Ambulance Services are the first responders to many critical situations daily: from natural disasters to medical incidents, they are at the front line and are often put in situations where rapid response and decision making is the difference between life and death.

GAO RFID understands that there is a rising need at Ambulance service facilities for solutions to help EMS organizations tackle the common challenges faced each day, including:

  • Checking the inventory of medication
  • Checking the expiration dates of medical supplies
  • Monitoring equipment maintenance schedules
  • Tracking patient triage status
  • Managing EMS fleet location and maintenance schedules
  • Tracking and managing patient reports and documentation

Our experience in customizing RFID solutions may be able to help better automate ambulatory care processes to ensure the efficient operation of each ambulance and increase the care and safety it can provide to the patients they serve.

Exploring RFID for Ambulance Services Systems

GAO RFID’s experience in customizing the capabilities of RFID can be used to explore and develop solutions to ensure that the wide range of assets are managed for optimum efficiency in every EMS organization. Every stage of the emergency response process for Ambulance Services is critical, and it is important to have absolute visibility of assets, inventory, and patients to ensure prompt and professional care is always provided–this is where our experience in asset tracking may help.

Applying Asset Tracking

Supplies and consumables on vehicles can be checked within minutes–not hours, before and after each shift. IVs, catheters, and ambulance vehicles are all critical equipment that need to be on board and precisely maintained to ensure they are always in operating condition.

With our experience in deploying RFID technology to track assets, a way to check inventory levels and expiration dates may be developed, thereby ensuring that every ambulance is equipped properly and in compliance with the law. For example, installing RFID tags to each equipment can automate the equipment tracking and maintenance schedule monitoring processes, ensuring all equipment are on board and in working order.

Patient Report Forms completed by EMS staff at the scene of emergency can provide key information about the patient to the receiving hospital. These documents are also susceptible to clinical audits to promote a high standard of care. Upon its implementation, the RFID system will also make it easy to automate the management of these forms and any other related documents to ensure documentation can be tracked and located in real-time when required.

Applying People Tracking

In many emergency response situations, the patient requires urgent treatment; this means they are transported from the scene to the hospitals that can provide the best care. Patients assessed at the scene are tagged to determine the status of patients and to which hospital they are transferring to. When using paper tagging methods, the tracking ends at the scene, making it difficult to locate patients after they are transported. With the knowledge we have gained from using RFID to track people, we can use RFID tags and readers to identify and track patients as they are transported from the scene to the hospital, making patient tracking efficient and accurate.

Integrating with your Healthcare System

At the core of our solution is GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine that incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions to perform RFID data collection and information processing. This information is directly accessible by and useful to the emergency administration staff. Furthermore, using a proper API, this data can be passed on for further processing to your organization’s emergency management and emergency management systems.

Our team of professionals will use our hardware and system integration expertise to integrate the GAO RFID Solution with your IT architecture. The result will be an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your emergency management system.

We can work with you to integrate the RFID tracking data collected from our custom solution with today’s leading information management systems in your industry.

List of Relevant Information Management Systems

 

Contact us for more information on how our RFID Systems can be configured for your organization.