Technology giant Sony Mobile Communications and medical device company Arjo have announced a joint partnership aimed at improving healthcare efficiencies with technology.
The two companies will work on a unique tracking solution that helps reduce the amount of time which nurses spend searching for critical items or equipment.
The cloud-based solution will use a real-time location system (RTLS) which enables items within hospitals to be located. A research project at a Swedish university hospital showed a 63% decrease in time spent searching for items or equipment when using the tracking solution.
Speaking about the partnership, Joacim Lindoff, President and CEO of Arjo, said: “The partnership with Sony Mobile is an important milestone in our digitalisation efforts to help our customers improve healthcare efficiency. With this state of the art technology from Sony Mobile, healthcare providers can focus their resources on ensuring the best possible care at a lower cost.”
Arjo and Sony Mobile will begin to implement the new tracking solution at hospitals in the US and the UK during the first half of the year.
Johan Svenér, vice president of Sony’s IoT Business Group Europe, said: “Healthcare is one of the new areas where Sony Mobile intends to simplify the everyday life of our customers. We firmly believe that digital transformation is a key factor for making today’s healthcare both safer and more efficient. This new tracking solution is only one of many smart solutions to come, where we apply our design heritage and digital expertise to new markets and industries, connecting people, things and spaces. The partnership with Arjo is a typical example of how we want to team up with other market leaders to create user-centric smart solutions.”
“We see this as a first step of our partnership with Sony Mobile and we look forward to expanding our cooperation into other areas of digitalisation. This would help our customers to improve workflows, which in turn improves clinical outcomes, caregiver safety and ultimately reduces cost of care.” concluded Joacim Lindoff.