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New low-cost hybrid tag simplifies patient tracking in hospitals

Radianse : 25 February, 2008  (New Product)
Radianse has introduced a hybrid tag that combines low-cost - $1 or less per use - with extended battery life to enable patient tracking to become more accessible across more hospitals.
The tag is designed to withstand the intense wear and tear of emergency and perioperative departments, assuring its viability hospital-wide.

“We’ve studied how the tags are used, for how long, and what healthcare providers want in terms of performance, presentation and cost to make patient tracking pervasive,” said Paul Tessier, a Radianse founder and chief strategy officer. “A sustainable financial model that doesn’t compromise patient comfort and convenience came out on top and our hybrid tag delivers.”

Alternative approaches, such as adding a sheath to a typical multi-use tag, add cost, bulk and complexity.

The new Radianse patient tracking tag has a 30-day battery, is completely watertight and cleanable. Each slips onto a hospital ID-band and is smooth, small and lightweight.

A simple button push shows remaining battery life another week for every LED flash. While designed for the pace of emergency and perioperative care, the tag can be used on patients anywhere in the hospital. Radianse expects most hospitals to choose a mix of durable and hybrid tags for patient tracking throughout the hospital.

Final pricing and availability are expected in Q3, 2008.

Radianse is previewing the low-cost hybrid tag at the 2008 HIMSS Conference and Exposition (Booth 1375) February 24 to 28, 2008 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
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