Department Of Veterans Affairs Standardizes On CenTrak's Clinical-Grade Real-Time Location System™ (RTLS) To Improve Operational Efficiency And Quality Of Veteran Care

Press Release | CenTrak | March 4, 2013

The VA selects CenTrak's Clinical-Grade RTLS™ infrastructure in a $543 million federal contract to drive multiple equipment and clinical applications across all of its 152 medical centers and 1,400 ancillary clinics.

NEWTOWN, Pa., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CenTrak today announced the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen its active-RTLS infrastructure to location-enable all of the VA's hospitals, clinics and consolidated mail outpatient pharmacies as a subcontractor to HP.  CenTrak's enterprise-wide RTLS infrastructure will automate the management of hundreds of thousands of mobile medical devices, impacting availability, utilization, shrinkage and patient safety. The Clinical-Grade Locating™ technology facilitates many workflow improvements including mobile medical equipment utilization, sterile processing efficiency, and monitoring temperature-sensitive consumables. Possible future RTLS applications could address patient wander prevention, hand hygiene compliance and high acuity (OR and ED) workflow.

The VA has developed a reputation for setting important healthcare IT standards. The concept of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) was a direct result of the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA). The VA developed the first automated data processing systems with extensive clinical and administrative capabilities. It later received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for best use of Information Technology in Medicine.

The CenTrak deployment will be managed by HP Enterprise Services. "The quality of veteran care and improving the delivery of our healthcare services are the driving forces behind implementing the RTLS solution," said Kimberly Brayley, Director, RTLS Project Management Office, Veteran Health Administration. "Leveraging state-of-the-art technology allows VA to decrease operational costs and increase efficiencies, satisfaction and quality healthcare delivery." The RTLS platform uses battery-operated Gen2IR™ and Virtual Wall™ technology to deliver certainty-based location accuracy at the room-, bed-, bay-, and even chair-level. It offers a Clinical-Grade RTLS™ running with the trusted Cisco Mobility Services Engine (MSE), a solution uniquely capable of supporting the VA's required location-based applications – now and in the future.

CenTrak seamlessly integrates with Cisco's Mobility Services Engine (MSE) and Context Aware Services API to create a high performance real-time-location solution that leverages the Cisco Wi-Fi network. CenTrak is a "Registered Developer" in the Cisco Developer Network (CDN) Program and interoperates with various technologies in the Wireless Networking Group of Cisco Systems. "CenTrak's ability to offer cost-effective, high-performance Clinical-Grade Locating using our Wi-Fi network architecture has greatly expanded the utility of our networks to many new clinical use-cases," said Chris Spain, Vice President of Product Marketing for the Wireless Networking Group at Cisco.

CenTrak's Clinical-Grade RTLS™ will be featured at HIMSS13 in booth #4119.

The Cisco Developer Network unites Cisco with third-party developers of hardware and software to deliver tested interoperable solutions to joint customers.  With offerings such as Centrak's Clinical-Grate RTLS, customers can more quickly deploy a broad range of Cisco Compatible business applications, devices, or services that can enhance the capabilities, performance, and management of their Cisco network.  For more information on the interoperability of CenTrak's Clinical-Grade RTLS solution go to:

CenTrak® is The Smarter Real-Time Location System™ (RTLS) – the leading provider of precise, versatile, and cost-effective location solutions for healthcare. CenTrak's Clinical-Grade RTLS™ delivers unmatched accuracy, speed, performance and power-efficiency making it a smarter technology investment. CenTrak's Gen2IR™ technology delivers certainty-based location data, a requirement for workflow and other healthcare applications. CenTrak is currently deployed at hundreds of world-class healthcare facilities in the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Virtual Wall™, Clinical-Grade Locating™, Clinical-Grade RTLS™, Gen2IR™ and CenTrak® are registered trademarks of CenTrak Inc.

Adam Peck
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