Awarepoint was chosen for asset tracking at University of California San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF). The vendor selection team looked at 6 different systems and selected Awarepoint. The story in Healthcare IT News highlights the technology’s use for improving productivity in the surgery department.

Here’s what jumped out at me:

Installation and the tagging of 700 assets throughout UCSF Medical Center took under 48 hours.

Whoa. The 700 tags is not much for a 500+ bed hospital; what got my attention was the 48 hour installation time. A brief blurb on the product explains:

Awarepoint’s RTLS needs no hardwiring or fixed infrastructure due to
wireless sensors, which plug into electrical outlets. Assets are
attached with small, battery-powered tags, which are tracked using the
Web-based Searchpoint search engine.

Pictured at right is an Awarepoint ZigBee receiver, shot in the wild.