The Dutch Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), implemented the use of cloud-based IoT solutions. By implementing this service, the hospital was able to find a way to help them track their cardiac patients. IoT has enabled the use of beacons for the LUMC. With the use of beacons, they can track the time it takes for cardiac arrest patients to receive a balloon angioplasty treatment.

Treatment for Cardiac Patients

With diseases such as acute myocardial infarction (AMI), providing fast treatment is crucial. In fact, with the use of beacon-enabled bracelets, the LUMC is able to optimize the service provided to cardiac patients. This service was designed to improve the door-to-balloon (DTB) service. This has been designed to ensure that cardiac patients are treated as soon as possible. With this service, the hospital hopes to improve the patient’s chance of survival and recovery.

How the Use of Beacons Helps the Patient

By making use of a beacon-enabled bracelet, the LUMC receives a message as soon as the patient is in the emergency department. This enables the hospital’s staff to help the patient quicker than beforehand. In fact, this can be crucial in the patient’s survival.

Moreover, with the use of beacons, the hospital is able to get a better insight into the patient’s treatment. This includes information about the time it takes to perform such a procedure. By having better access to this data, the LUMC is able to improve services if needed.

Before, the hospital used to track this procedure manually. This involved that staff would manually write down the arrival and departure time of the patient. However, this can bring along many errors. The staff can forget to write down the time or the times can be written down incorrectly. Therefore, the use of the beacon-enabled bracelet provides more accurate data. In fact, it simplifies the process for the LUMC. The collected information is automatically stored and easily accessible when needed.

Despite the fact, that the use of beacons has been mainly done in the retail industry the technology offers endless possibilities. Therefore, it is not a surprise that there are much more examples of how beacons can be used for hospitals.