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Radianse Announces Real-Time Tracking of Emory ED Staff and Patients to Trace and Contain Infectious Disease Spread
Date:4/2/2009

Radianse Smart Sense technology assures hospital will know where and when patients and staff interact, giving hospital a way to see, analyze and respond to influenza transmission patterns

ATLANTA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Radianse, Inc. today announced that the Emergency Department (ED) of Emory University Hospital Midtown, Atlanta, is using the Radianse real-time location system (RTLS) with Smart Sense technology to know early and reliably where, when and with whom patients and staff have interacted.

According to Douglas Lowery-North, MD, vice chair of clinical operations for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory Healthcare and lead investigator of the tracking project, Emory is in the midst of a multi-year initiative to establish a Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance. The hospital is gathering and using real-time location information to better understand and control the spread of influenza. Researchers will then apply what they've learned to create best practices across infection control.

"Our work requires that we measure interactions among ED patients and staff to the second and do so consistently and without disruption to care," says Lowery. "We use the data in a number of ways, notably to quickly and accurately identify and contain infectious disease."

"Radianse immediately understood the challenge and how to enable this use model," said Steve Schiefen, Radianse, "because this is precisely the level of complex problem that Radianse Reveal is designed to help solve. To be able to accurately and discreetly track the patient/provider interaction is a fundamental tool for this type of research. We built our platform and applications from the ground up to gather sophisticated intelligence around identity, time, location and context -- intelligence that helps hospitals improve clinical effectiveness."

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