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The traceability of medical equipment through hospitals and retirement homes

Rieffe, Dennis (2017) The traceability of medical equipment through hospitals and retirement homes.

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Abstract:Staff working in healthcare and retirement homes is facing high workloads and accordingly high stress levels are reported by healthcare personal. Healthcare staff has to work in an effective way to reduce their workload. In hospitals and retirement homes valuable time is lost when searching for medical devices and supporting aids like lifts, beds, etc. Another disadvantage of lost equipment is that the required maintenance is not conducted at the correct moment. A system that easily tracks and finds such devices would save valuable time and accordingly would reduce the work stress of healthcare staff and improve the quality of work. This thesis describes the feasibility study of a simple and low cost tracking system for medical devices based on existing IT infrastructure available in every hospital and retirement homes nowadays: A Wi-Fi network. An indoor Wi-Fi fingerprint system was developed, tested and evaluated. This study has shown that a tracking system based on Wi-Fi position is feasible. Even though the current system is functional, it is recommended that the interface, hardware and implementation method are improved before commercialisation.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Indes B.V., Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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