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UPMC Deploys Wi-Fi-Based Healthcare Visibility Solutions to Advance Staff Efficiency and Patient Care

Companies mentioned in this article: AeroScout

REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/31/12 -- UPMC (the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) has implemented AeroScout's Healthcare Visibility Solutions to automate temperature monitoring at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital and is rolling out wireless temperature monitoring as well as asset tracking and management across most of its U.S. hospitals. The advanced RFID (radio frequency identification) solutions leverage UPMC's standard Wi-Fi network to avoid the purchase, installation and maintenance of a proprietary RFID network. The solutions are part of UPMC's strategy of using smart technology to advance quality patient care and staff efficiency.

UPMC is one of the leading nonprofit health systems in the United States. A $10 billion integrated global health enterprise headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, UPMC develops and delivers Life Changing Medicine by harnessing the power of technology, translating science into cures and accelerating the pace of innovation worldwide.

After researching Healthcare Visibility Solutions and Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) for several years, UPMC decided to use a Wi-Fi-based solution to leverage the investment in its Wi-Fi network and the related expertise it had developed. The AeroScout solution also can use low frequency and ultrasound for additional use cases such as par level management, and offers integration capabilities to allow other UPMC software providers to utilize location and condition information, for instance, temperature readings, for specific clinical and operational applications.

The Asset Management solution enables UPMC staff to quickly and easily track the location of critical medical equipment throughout its facilities, ensuring that equipment is at the right place at the right time while eliminating the need to manually search for items. UPMC uses the Temperature Monitoring solution to automatically and wirelessly monitor the temperature of refrigerators and freezers, helping prevent spoilage of medicines, vaccines and even food. Both applications free up a significant amount of time so that staff can focus on caring for patients.

"After our extensive testing and due diligence, it was clear to us that Wi-Fi-based healthcare visibility solutions were not only the best model for our health system, but also the standard that would prevail industry-wide because of the important advantages they offer over proprietary systems," said James Venturella, CIO, Physician and Hospital Services at UPMC. "By using our existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, the AeroScout solutions are easier to deploy, allowing us to see the associated productivity and patient care benefits more quickly."

Following the success of its current implementation, UPMC plans to extend the value of the visibility solutions in innovative ways. For instance, UPMC will use AeroScout when it introduces a SmartRoom system at its new UPMC East hospital in Monroeville, opening this summer. The SmartRoom will use RTLS to identify caregivers as they walk into a patient's room and provide clinicians with real-time, relevant information at the patient's bedside.

About UPMC
UPMC is a $10 billion global health enterprise with more than 55,000 employees headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and is transforming health care by integrating more than 20 hospitals, 400 doctors' offices and outpatient sites, a health insurance services division, and international and commercial services. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC is redefining health care by using innovative science, technology, and medicine to invent new models of accountable, cost-efficient, and patient-centered care.

About AeroScout
AeroScout is the global market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout's customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing, mining and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.aeroscout.com.

AeroScout is a registered trademark of AeroScout, Inc. Information is subject to change without notice.

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