Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Leverages STANLEY Healthcare’s AeroScout® Wi-Fi platform for Hospital-Wide Infant Protection with Hugs® Wi-Fi

Hospital also using STANLEY Healthcare's solutions for Asset Management and Environmental Monitoring

WALTHAM, Mass., May 27, 2014STANLEY Healthcare, a market leading provider of visibility solutions and analytics for the healthcare industry, today announced that Collingwood General & Marine (G&M) Hospital, located in Collingwood, Ontario, has deployed the Hugs Wi-Fi Infant Protection Solution to provide security for its newborn infants against the risk of abduction.

The Hugs Wi-Fi solution is part of STANLEY Healthcare’s market-leading AeroScout RTLS platform for real-time visibility on the location and status of patients, staff and equipment. The new Hugs solution marks a significant advancement in infant protection: because it works with standard Wi-Fi, it is able to track the location of infants and continues to provide protection anywhere in a hospital where Wi-Fi coverage exists—it is not confined to particular units the way other systems are.

Collingwood G&M Hospital is also using several other STANLEY Healthcare RTLS solutions, including Asset Management to manage and locate important equipment, and Environmental Monitoring of Operating Rooms and refrigerated storage units for laboratory materials and pharmaceuticals. “We were drawn to the STANLEY Healthcare platform because it opened the door to multiple options for real-time locating: infant protection, asset management, temperature monitoring and more,” said Michael Lacroix, Vice-President of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer of Collingwood G&M Hospital. “We are continuing to explore how we can leverage the system for other RTLS applications, such as patient elopement.”

The Hugs deployment continues a long-standing relationship between Collingwood G&M Hospital and STANLEY Healthcare. Prior to migrating to Hugs Wi-Fi, the hospital had been successfully using the previous-generation Hugs solution since 2000. “Our nursing staff has worked with the Hugs system for many years, and the switch to Hugs Wi-Fi has come with a minimal learning curve,” notes Lacroix.

The Hugs Wi-Fi solution provides a number of benefits over its predecessor and other solutions on the market:

  • Hospital-wide infant security: Exits are monitored against egress in Obstetrics, with the status and location of infants tracked anywhere within the hospital’s Wi-Fi coverage. 
  • Out of Unit alarm: An alert is generated if an infant is detected outside the Obstetrics unit, but there is no record of a staff member performing a Transport.
  • Stand-alone exit protection: Exits remain protected even if communication to the Server is interrupted.
  • Browser-based software: System activity can be monitored on any Windows PC with network access, with alerts pushed to staff via Apple iPhone® or iPod® mobile digital devices, IP phones, Vocera badges, text message and e-mail.
  • Enterprise solution: Modular and scalable architecture with high availability and clustering capabilities, central management of distributed sites and enterprise databases.

Collingwood G&M Hospital is a 72-bed facility serving more than 60,000 permanent residents and 3.5 million annual visitors to the surrounding resort communities of the Georgian Bay area. The Hugs deployment at Collingwood G&M Hospital is part of a major investment in technology to improve patient care and operational efficiency. The hospital has also made major upgrades to its systems for electronic medical records, digital imaging and picture archiving and communication system (PACS).

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