Mobile positioning and data collection in healthcare.

Within the healthcare system, there is a great need of tracking patients, equipment and materials – such as blood and medicines – and to collect data from these; this in order to increase the security, efficiency and quality of care.

In the TagOn project, this challenge will be addressed by using an Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure developed by Sony Mobile in cooperation with the Mobile and Pervasive Computing Institute (MAPCI) at Lund University. The system, which supports the open source software framework AllJoyn, enables wireless positioning and data collection from things “tagged” with a small, low-cost Bluetooth Low Energy device (a tag). These tags are cheap to produce and can be connected to the cloud through ordinary mobile phones.

Two full-scale pilots will be run together with Skåne University hospital. One is at the emergency department with the aim of analyzing and optimizing the patient flow; the other is at the blood and drug central with the aim of tracking and making the so-called cold chain more secure.

Project updates

Project period: 2015-09-01 – 2017-06-30

Funding: The project is funded by Vinnova.

Contact: The project is coordinated by Lund University. IOTAP is represented by Åse Jevinger and Paul Davidsson.

Project website: See TagOn description on MAPCI’s website

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