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Cox Prosight, an IoT-based real time service that aims to increase efficiency and emergency response time in hospital settings, is being trialed at Ochsner Lafayette General in Lafayette, LA.

Cox says that there are three main areas of use:

  • Asset management: Tracking equipment in real-time, providing visibility into utilization and inventory levels and notifying staff about maintenance and cleaning needs.
  • Automated environmental monitoring: Checking temperatures hospital-wide for pharmaceuticals, freezers, operating rooms and other sensitive areas. The system delivers instant notifications of temperature changes and streamlines compliance.
  • Duress badges and alerts: Enable employees to request and receive help quickly during emergencies.

Ochsner Lafayette General is tracking 2,700 pieces of equipment, 2,700 staff members and 200 environmental sensors in the trial. Mike Dozier, the hospital’s vice president and chief information officer, said that time often is spent looking for lost equipment – and that items sometimes are not found and must be replaced. He expects Prosight to locate gear to within a few feet. He also expects faster responses to emergencies.

“For decades, we’ve connected millions of patients and providers with our network and now we are using technology to connect people and things in new ways that improve the efficiency of healthcare operations, staff safety, and the patient experience,” Cox Prosight executive vice president and chief strategy officer Sujata Gosalia said in a press release. “Cox Prosight will create detailed insights that support patient care and hospital optimization.”

Cox Prosight is being demonstrated at the HIMSS21 conference this week in Las Vegas.

While high profile IoT use cases often are exciting and cutting edge, a lot of the value of the emerging technology will be more mundane and focus on making existing infrastructure and organizations run less expensively and/or more efficiently.

Last month, for instance, Cox2M and the city of Henderson, NV extended a smart lighting project to include water meters and smart parking. The city will use the smart water meters for leak and early freeze detection and the smart parking platform to help guide tourists to area attractions.

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