Northumbria hospital to implement medical device tracking technology

FloKi Health has won a contract to implement technology that helps staff at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital to find, track and manage essential medical equipment.

The company has developed Bluetooth tracking technology, including a mobile app and intelligent dashboard, that allows hospitals to track, maintain and manage medical devices from the ward.

The technology has a tracking system and Bluetooth beacons to tag and locate medical devices across the hospital’s three storeys.

Ward staff can find tagged devices, such as bladder scanners and ultrasounds, using an app installed on hospital devices. Devices are also marked for repair and maintenance, which is then picked up by the medical device team.

At a management level, the trust can gain insights into medical device management, including device compliance rate, lost/inactive devices and total device value. FloKi delivers critical information to the fingertips of NHS management, so they can make evidence-based decisions about the acquisition, compliance and management of medical devices.

Fenwick Smith, chief executive of FloKi Health, said: “It’s a pleasure to be working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

“FloKi’s technology solves a huge problem the NHS has dealt with for a long time. Now, staff are able to track, manage and maintain valuable medical devices across the three-storey hospital, freeing up valuable resource to maximise patient care.

“We’re looking forward to rolling out the FloKi technology to other hospitals soon, bringing technology to the forefront of the Trusts’ evidence-based decision making.”

Veronica Gingell, general manager for estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare, added: “We’re delighted to be working with FloKi Health to enable our staff to have quicker access to essential medical equipment, saving time previously spent searching for it. It also allows the medical device team to maintain compliance across the board, bringing valuable devices back into circulation.

“As hospital management, we also have insight into the location, compliance and value of all medical devices – all at our fingertips. We can now make smart decisions on everything from procurement to recruitment. We’re looking forward to rolling out FloKi hospital-wide.”


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