VA Contract Could Spur RTLS Tech Adoption

Ken Terry | InformationWeek Healthcare | February 22, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has contracted with HP Enterprise Services to provide a real-time location system (RTLS) in 152 medical centers and seven outpatient pharmacy facilities to help identify, locate and monitor assets and supplies within and between facilities.

The five-year contract, which is worth up to $543 million, will be a shot in the arm for the RTLS sector. Currently, RTLS is deployed in 10% - 15% of U.S. hospitals.

Under the VA contract, HP will supply program management, operations planning, implementation management, hardware and software and site readiness preparation. HP is subcontracting to Centrak, Intelligent Insites, WaveMark, and other firms for development, integration, implementation, testing, training and support functions, an HP announcement said...