Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) has become the first healthcare facility in Canada to deploy Encompass, a GE Healthcare real-time location system.

The technology is being implemented as part of the hospital management’s efforts to improve patient experience, reduce wait time, and extend support to healthcare providers.

Using web-based and cloud technology, Encompass enables hospital staff to locate and access life-saving equipment easily.

The equipment tracking system tags healthcare assets to a Bluetooth low energy tracking beacon to enable faster access to equipment.

Encompass is designed for use with smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.  

It provides real-time data to clinicians within the hospital, thus helping them to focus more on caring for the patient at the bedside.

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In addition, the system helps in improving corrective and preventive maintenance of the equipment. This in turn increases the service life of the equipment.

GE Healthcare Service-Canada Commercial GM Brian McWilliams said: “Encompass provides immediate, tangible support to staff and can offer economic benefits by optimising the use of assets and providing better visibility of overall resources.”

Encompass was developed to address the issue of operational inefficiencies faced by Ontario hospitals due to lack of a standard asset management process.

The equipment tracking system is currently being used in hundreds of hospitals in the US.

In April this year, GE Healthcare inked a global commercial collaboration agreement with Elekta to expand hospital access to precision radiation therapy solutions.

This will allow the companies to provide hospitals with a complete offering across imaging and treatment for cancer patients who require radiation therapy.