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Three high impact areas for remote monitoring in health care

October 27, 2017DOTmed

Consumers are generally comfortable tapping into information systems that remotely monitor and control their home electronics, heating and cooling, lighting, and alarm systems. These widely accepted technologies provide consumers with increased flexibility, confidence and autonomy by eliminating the need to tether them to a physical location in order to understand the disposition of the environment they are monitoring or controlling.

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Q&A with Sandra Rasmussen

October 10, 2017DOTmed

RTLS equipment is becoming increasingly sophisticated in both function and form. HealthCare Business News talked with Sandra Rasmussen, Sonitor Senior Vice President, Global Marketing and Americas Sales, about their new generation of RTLS staff tags and their genesis.


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Beyond Nurse Call: Six ways connected intelligence derived from Real Time Location Systems data is revolutionizing traditional caregiver interactions

September 25, 2017Becker's Healthcare

Nurse call management software has become increasingly sophisticated enabling modern nurse call systems, which were previously manual, to become fully automated through an array of advanced applications.

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Q&A with Jim Engelstad

August 22, 2017DOTmed

Jim Engelstad, Process Improvement Coordinator at Sanford Health, describes the thinking behind incorporating RTLS as a key strategic technology in the newly opened Sanford Medical Center - Fargo.

Sanford Health is the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with 45 hospitals and 289 clinics in nine states and three countries with 28,000+ employees, including 1,300+ physicians, in more than 80 specialty areas of medicine. Here, Jim talks with HealthCare Business News about the what, where and why of RTLS at Sanford.

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Sanford Medical Center Fargo deploys Sonitor's Sense ultrasound-based RTLS platform

July 31, 2017DOTmed

Sanford Medical Center Fargo in North Dakota recently deployed Sonitor Technologies' Sense ultrasound-based RTLS platform.

The 538-bed facility will initially use the platform to support workflow and asset management use cases. That will allow the medical staff to quickly locate and track equipment so they can provide better care to the patients.

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Sonitor® Technologies RTLS Ultrasound Platform Deployed Throughout Sanford Medical Center's Fargo New State-of-the-Art Facility

July 27, 2017Yahoo Finance

Sonitor Technologies, a global leader in indoor, ultrasound-based positioning technologies is proud to announce that its Real Time Location System (RTLS), Sonitor Sense,™ has been deployed at Sanford Medical Center Fargo. Sanford Medical Center Fargo celebrated the grand opening of its new healthcare facility on July 25th, 2017. Sanford has built a state-of-the-art medical center that not only serves the immediate metropolitan area, but will serve as a medical destination for the larger region of the Dakotas and Minnesota.

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Sonitor® Technologies Congratulates Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, on the Opening of Its State-of-the-Art New Teaching Hospital

July 12, 2017Business Wire

Sonitor Technologies, a global leader in indoor, ultrasound-based positioning technologies would like to congratulate Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas on the grand opening of its state-of-the-art healthcare facility which includes the integration of Sonitor's Real Time Location System (RTLS), Sonitor Sense™. Dell Seton, a teaching hospital, opened on May 21, 2017 and is the centerpiece of a new health district in downtown Austin.

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RTLS: What to know for today's senior care communities

May 10, 2017McKnights

The accommodations of modern senior care communities are designed to appeal to adults and seniors with a wide range of abilities and interests. To help ensure the best possible care is provided to this diverse population, skilled nursing facilities and their staff assist residents in rehabilitation after knee or hip replacements, strokes, traumatic injuries, neurological conditions, or other health setbacks. In addition, facilities are increasingly dedicated to providing family members relevant information about their loved ones.

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Seeing Clearly

February 20, 2017Health Facilities Management

SenseVIEW is a real-time locating system health monitoring software with a simple, web-based user interface that can be updated and reconfigured remotely. Users also can receive diagnostics remotely. It provides pinpoint accuracy of assets, and users can track the system's real-time health and battery status.

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Real-time location systems for hand hygiene

February 15, 2017Becker's Healthcare

Hand washing is one of the simplest ways to combat infection, yet hand hygiene compliance in healthcare settings remains low.

The story about hand washing in health care is short: hand washing is a simple, inexpensive way to prevent infections that have complex, costly implications. Yet healthcare workers (HCWs) clean their hands less than half of the times they should, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hand washing may be a simple fix, then, but it is nonetheless a difficult one to enforce.

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Tracking tech serves many purposes in new facility

October 21 2016Health Data Management

Sonitor's RTLS helps Stamford Hospital achieve their goal to tighten the relationship between patients & caregivers.

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Q&A with Anne Bugge

September 19, 2016DOTmed

Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) have been a valuable, emerging technology in healthcare for several years now. Conventionally, it has been utilized for asset/equipment tracking — but today RTLS is playing an increasingly important role in improving hospital workflow.

HCB News talked with Anne M. Bugge, president and CEO of Sonitor Technologies, Inc. about these workflow applications and the promise they hold for more efficient care delivery.

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Sonitor Technologies Explores RTLS

August/September 2016Tech Nation

The recent webinar "Driving Operational Efficiencies by Implementing RTLS (Real-Time Location Systems)," presented by Sonitor Technologies Director of Business Development and Sales Alan Tangen, explored the role RTLS can play in driving operational efficiency and cost avoidance in the health care environment.

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RTLS and the Affordable Care Act: An ROI beyond equipment tracking

August 4, 2016Becker's Healthcare

The advantages of implementing Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) in healthcare facilities have become increasingly apparent in recent years.
RTLS is best known for tracking equipment, and is increasingly recognized for optimizing patient flow, optimizing staff utilization and workflow, accelerating room turnover, decreasing emergency room wait times, expanding OR capacity and throughput and many other operational functions.

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Optimizing RTLS Batteries for Life

November, 201524x7

Wireless devices requiring batteries are ubiquitous in the hospital environment. From traditional wireless devices such as pagers, cell phones, smoke detectors, and laptops to continuously emerging wireless technologies such as EKG monitors, pacemakers, infusion pumps, and real time location systems (RTLS), the list goes on and on.

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The 5 Benefits of RTLS in the Emergency Department

October 29, 2015Becker's Healthcare

With over half of hospitals' inpatient admissions coming from the Emergency Department (ED), improving patient satisfaction and accelerating patient flow through the ED can have a direct and significant impact on the hospital's bottom line.

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Sonitor RTLS Technologies Introduces New SmartTag Mini for Patient, Staff and Asset Management

April, 2015Infection Control Today

Sonitor Technologies announced today the introduction of the SmartTag Mini, the latest addition to the Sonitor Sense RTLS open integration platform. Incorporating Sonitor's proprietary ultrasound positioning technology, with Wi-Fi, and LF technologies, the new tag is the smallest full feature tag currently available on the market.

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Tamper-Proof Mini RTLS Tag Deters Theft and Patient Wandering

April, 201524x7

Sonitor Technologies has introduced the SmartTag Mini to its Sonitor Sense RTLS open integration platform. The multi-use RTLS tag provides hospitals with real-time location tracking for patients, staff, and small mobile equipment and is designed for applications such as patient wandering, infant protection, and theft prevention. According to the company, the new tag is the smallest full-feature tag currently available on the market.

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Choosing batteries for RTLS: Lithium or Alkaline?

April, 2015DOTmed

Wireless devices are everywhere in today's hospitals, but what about battery use? Right now, many devices, especially RTLS systems, run on powerful lithium thionyl batteries, which are great, but pricey to buy and dispose of and have certain performance and risk issues vs. alkaline ones. But many RTLS systems need the power that lithium can provide.

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Tracking down the latest in RTLS technology

April, 2015DOTmed

Just a few years ago, the vast majority of real time location systems (RTLS) installed in hospitals had one primary and critical role - locating assets. Secondary to the tracking of high-value mobile equipment was often the location of personnel and patients.

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Using RTLS to Protect Different Patient Populations

October, 2014Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare

In healthcare, real-time location systems (RTLS) have for a long time been thought of primarily as asset-tracking systems, useful mainly for keeping track of equipment such as wheelchairs, gurneys, and infusion pumps. But RTLS systems are now being used to protect the safety of healthcare patients, from infants to sufferers of Alzheimer's disease.

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Quantification of the Hawthorne effect in hand hygiene compliance monitoring using an electronic monitoring system: a retrospective cohort study

July, 2014BMJ Quality & Safety

HCW hand hygiene is known to be suboptimal and multifaceted improvement programmes are recommended, including measurement and feedback of compliance rates. The recent development of electronic systems for hand hygiene monitoring offers an alternative approach to direct observation.The objective of this retrospective cohort study was to use a real-time location system (RTLS) to determine whether the presence of human auditors on inpatient units was associated with an increase in hand hygiene events.

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Hospital Spotlight: Sanford Moorhead Campus

June, 2014DOTmed

The Moorhead Campus is the first Sanford Health location to install a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) by Sonitor Technologies, Intelligent InSites, and RFID Global, which will help reduce patient wait times and impove clinical workflow.

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Q&A with Anne Bugge

June, 2014DOTmed

DOTmed spoke with Anne Bugge, Sonitor Technologies' president and CEO for the Americas, about why RTLS has been working for hospitals and what challenges still remain.

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RFID Journal Features Sonitor at Sanford's Moorhead Clinic

May 5, 2014RFID Journal

Sanford Health, a nonprofit health-care system operator with locations in 126 communities throughout nine U.S. states, has opened a new "patient-centric" clinic in Moorhead, Minn. that, it says, reverses many traditions related to patient care-and it is enabling that shift with real-time location system (RTLS) technology.

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Sonitor Installation at Sanford Health's Moorhead Clinic Covered by Norwegian Tech Magazine

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Company Overview of Sonitor Technologies AS

June 18, 2013Bloomburg Business Week

Sonitor Technologies announced the first large scale installation of its revolutionary new Sonitor Sense(TM) RTLS platform in the or department at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. The advanced, open architecture RTLS system will integrate with the real-time operational intelligence platform from Intelligent InSites.

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Sonitor Technologies Introduces Revolutionary New, High Definition RTLS Platform Sonitor Sense(TM)

February 26, 2013Wall Street Journal

Sonitor Technologies, a leader in Real Time Locating Systems (RTLS) in healthcare, today announced the launch of their new RTLS open integration platform, Sonitor Sense(TM) . This unique system combines Sonitor's renowned High Definition Ultrasound(TM) technology with Wi-Fi, Low Frequency RF, and other sensory technologies, which can register motion, temperature, and humidity among other advanced features. The system also introduces intelligent Sonitor Sense(TM) tags that adapt to their environment. The result is a revolutionary RTLS system with increased usability, extreme battery life, and decreased Total-Cost-Of-Ownership.

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STERIS Corporation and Sonitor Technologies Sign Supplier Agreement

January 7, 2013Infection Control Today

STERIS Corporation and Sonitor have recently signed a non-exclusive agreement that assigns Sonitor Technologies as a selected RTLS supplier for STERIS's RealView™ Visual Workflow Management Software. Through the integration of Sonitor tag sensors with STERIS analytics, reporting and alerts, physicians, managers and perioperative staff have access to critical outputs such as the workflow and location of patients and supporting equipment, and any delays or exceptions in the schedule.

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STERIS Corporation And Sonitor Technologies, Inc. Sign Supplier Agreement

January 7, 2013Healthcare Technology Online

Sonitor Technologies and STERIS Corporation sign a non-exclusive agreement that assigns Sonitor Technologies as a selected RTLS supplier for STERIS's RealView Visual Workflow Management Software. This advanced solution is a live, patient-centric, Lean visual management system that transforms the entire perioperative continuum of care into a high-performance environment.

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RTLS is helping keep track of health care's bottom line

October, 2012Dot Med Business News

The Department of Veterans Affairs, which earned its reputation as a health IT pioneer when it adopted electronic health records for all its medical facilities in the 1980s, is embarking on another ambitious project to improve care for veterans. This summer, the VA announced a five-year contract deal with HP Enterprise Service for the implementation of a real-time location system in each of its 152 hospitals.

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Toronto General Hospital Uses RTLS to Reduce Infection Transmission

Februrary 28, 2012RFID Journal

The facility is testing a real-time location system to track hand-washing, the cleaning of equipment and the visits to patients by staff.
University Health Network (UHN), which operates three hospitals in Toronto, is testing a real-time location system (RTLS) intended to prevent the transmission and spread of new infections, as well as control any existing infections, by tracking equipment, patients and employees. The solution is currently being tested within three units of UHN's Toronto General Hospital, with plans to permanently deploy it if the technology provides data leading to a reduction of infections. Unlike some RTLS solutions that track individual staff members and their movements around a facility and at hand-washing stations, however, this system—provided by Infonaut, utilizing Sonitor tags and receivers—is intended to track behaviors that could lead to infections, while simultaneously protecting workers' privacy, by not revealing the identity of individuals who are wearing the Sonitor badges.

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Keeping Everything On Track

2012European Hospital

Real-time locating systems help to achieve more than finding and shifting.
Oslo-based Sonitor Technologies specialises in the development and manufacture of ultrasound-based real time locating systems (RTLS) that provide sub-room accuracy of movable equipment and people tracking in complex healthcare environments such as hospitals and long-term core care facilities.

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Veterans Affairs Implementing RTLS Across Seven Midwest Hospitals

August 6, 2012RFID Journal

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is currently in the process of installing a real-time location system (RTLS) at all seven of its hospitals in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. The VA's intention is to improve staff efficiencies, and thereby provide better medical care to veteran patients. The centers are installing a variety of RTLS hardware technologies, each selected to provide the best results for the specific hospital and the needs of its staff. The technologies include Wi-Fi-based RFID solutions provided by AeroScout and Ekahau, a hybrid infrared (IR) and 900 MHz active RFID tag system from CenTrak, an IR and 900 MHz active RFID tag solution supplied by RF Code, a ZigBee-based active RFID tag system from Skytron and Awarepoint, and an ultrasound-based RTLS solution from Sonitor Technologies. In addition, a variety of passive RFID tags and handheld readers are being utilized.

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SmartRoom Brings Information to Patients, Caregivers

September 20, 2011RFID Journal

Three years after developing a real-time location system (RTLS) solution to improve patient care at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC), the company that spun out of that effort—SmartRoom—is currently installing a similar solution at Stamford Hospital, in Connecticut, using the same ultrasound ID badges and receivers, along with its own software, provided and installed by IBM. The firm plans to expand UPMC's system with Wi-Fi-based RTLS tags in 2012. The Stamford Hospital system will utilize Sonitor Technologies' RTLS to identify which staff members enter a particular patient's room, displaying that employee's name and title on a monitor for the patient, while also providing data about that patient—such as his or her vital signs and care requirements—on the same screen.

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Sonitor Technologies Launches New Wireless Receiver Infrastructure

June 24, 2011Medical Devices Business Review

Sonitor Technologies has launced a new wireless receiver infrastructure, which allows receivers to communicate with the server wirelessly via 802.15.4, the existing WiFi, or via Ethernet.

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Beyond Equipment Tracking

March 23, 2011Executive Insight

Real time locating systems and expanded applications are bringing significant financial return to hospitals.
When real time locating systems (RTLS) were introduced to hospitals, the main objective was to bring order to chaos in tracking equipment. With scores of diagnostic and therapeutic devices in use and on the move throughout a facility, tracking became imperative to bring greater visibility and certainty to their location and status, allowing facilities to better manage their deployment, use and maintenance.

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Early RTLS adopters report success with initiatives

September, 2009Healthcare IT News

KKlas' venture into the monitoring and reporting of real-time location systems (RTLS) began in response to inquiries from CIOs and IT directors looking for clarity and a sense of direction in this new and confusing market segment. Some providers report that RTLS technologies save money, create efficiency, and improve the quality of care. However, many others are still confused. Who are the vendors? What are organizations using RTLS solutions for? How are others prioritizing its value? Is there an ROI?

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