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Safe in-hospital mobility of patients and visitors

Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny w Olsztynie (WSS Olsztyn)

The Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny in Olsztyn (Olsztyn Hospital) is one of the largest public, specialist hospitals in the Warmian-Masurian region of Poland, treating patients in inpatient and outpatient settings.

Approximately 24,000 patients are hospitalized annually, and approximately 100,000 patients are admitted to specialist outpatient care and diagnostic and therapeutic units.

The annual budget of the hospital is approx. PLN 370 million [app. EUR 78 million], of which about PLN 180 million [app. EUR 38 million] is spent on the purchase of medical devices, medicinal products, medical equipment, and services.

Safe-stay

The Polish healthcare system does not provide staff responsible for helping patient to get to the appointments, either free access to mobility equipment such as wheelchairs. The patient must rely on accompanying family member, caregiver, or hospital staff. The problem applies to people being on their way to the points of providing medical assistance or visiting a person staying in the hospital.

This necessitates the involvement of medical personnel (detached from other duties) or the use of wheelchairs to help the above-mentioned patients. This means that a certain (hard to define) number of employees, instead of providing clinical assistance, takes care of such people, not only assisting them in moving around, but also, for example, looking for a wheelchair or walker in the hospital, taking care of the person and returning a wheelchair to the place from which it was taken. Due to staff shortages and overloading with clinical work, such additional duties of these people affect their well-being, fatigue, and have an impact on the quality of the services provided.

Therefore, there is a great need to provide free access to equipment (like wheelchairs), aimed at improving patient safety, effective use of staff working time, safe involvement in transporting people accompanying patients. This solution can also help to reduce the risk of collisions or blocking access roads on the hospital’s property. Patient safety and satisfaction are a priority for the hospital, which is why we are looking for organizational solutions that increase the sense of security and accessibility for patients and their families.

Patient safety and satisfaction are a priority for the hospital, which is why we are looking for organizational solutions that increase the sense of security of patients and their families.

 

Applications closed on the 24th of January 2024 at 17:00 CET.

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Sterna Innovation is a company specialized in IoT and in bringing intelligence to everyday use objects and specialized in the development of medical devices. Over the years the company has developed several technologies in sensors and communications and developed systems such as indoor/outdoor location solutions, process management and user support systems.

Sterna Innovation aims to be a partner that promotes the transformation of companies towards Digitalization, Industry 4.0, and Future Technologies, accompanying the client to develop their products efficiently, economically and safely.

The objective of the solution is to develop a novel system to help and empower impaired patients that need the use of a wheelchair during their visits into hospitals.

To achieve this, several technologies used in combination will allow the development of wheelchairs with intelligent capabilities:  to know its precise location and current use (e.g. moving through the hospital, waiting at the dispensing stand, waiting for the patient in the appointment, left abandoned, etc.) and report it in real time to a central platform. Have geofencing capabilities to early detect and report if a wheelchair is out of its expected assigned zone. Include a patient guiding system equipped with a digital screen and voice audio, in order to guide a patient to its appointment (using the previous patient identification), and also guide it back to the wheelchair collection stand. Detect and report patient incidents in real time such as strong impacts and tipped over wheelchairs.

The underpinning idea is to transform wheelchairs from a simple transportation support object, to a system that can make patients requiring assistance more capable and independent when visiting the hospital, favouring both their experience in the hospital and easing the workload of the hospital staff.