The Incredible Ways Indoor Navigation Can Be Used in Your Hospital

Indoor navigation is a form of GPS for indoors. Outdoor GPS essentially tells you how to reach a certain building or location. However, once you reach that building, you must find your own way to navigate through it to reach the intended destination. Indoor navigation for the military was one of the initial applications of this technology, and an indoor positioning system was used on the ground to help troops navigate through structures unfamiliar to them. It was also used by off-site officers monitoring soldiers’ movements. Just as indoor navigation has practical uses in the military realm, it also has great functionality for commercial application. Specifically, it has already been implemented in some major hospitals across the country with great results. These are some of the ways an indoor positioning system can benefit your hospital.

Enhance Staffing Coverage
Indoor navigation can be used to improve the employee management tasks in the hospital. Each employee may be given a tracking device. For example, this is commonly included in an employee ID badge. The system then tracks the location of each staff member in the building. This can be used to ensure that each patient receives adequate service by staffing floors and units appropriately. It may also reduce unnecessary redundancy in your work and could potentially help your workers to stay on track. You can better monitor who takes frequent breaks and how long those breaks are. While you may not know the topic of every conversation, it may also minimize the number of non-work-related conversations by reducing clustering.Monitor Productivity
Productivity can be difficult to monitor in a large environment like a hospital, but GPS for indoors improves this capability for managers and administrators. For example, if you have received a complaint about a specific worker being lazy or taking too many breaks, you can use your tracking system to monitor that individual’s actions over the course of several days. Such information could be crucial to your ability to reprimand or even terminate the employee.

Improve the Visitor Experience
Indoor maps are commonly found in hospital lobbies to help visitors get to their desired locations. However, visitors may not easily commit a lobby map to memory and may get lost while trying to find their destination. In some cases, visitors may not be near the lobby map. For example, they may be in a patient room and want to know how to reach the cafeteria. Some hospitals have already enabled indoor GPS in their facility so that guests can more easily navigate through the facility.

Indoor GPS has successfully been implemented in many hospitals already, and now be a great time to consider implementing it in yours. Consider how each of these benefits could be used to improve your facility in different ways. To learn more, Jibestream has additional resources available for reference.