Clinical process tracking system for operating rooms developed
by Karl Storz and Ekahau
25 January 2012
Ekahau, a developer of Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems
(RTLS), and endoscopy specialists Karl Storz, have announced a joint
solution for operating room (OR) management based on tracking patients
and equipment using WiFi tags.
The MIC Clinic in Berlin has successfully deployed and is using
the combined solution of Karl Storz ORchestrion and Ekahau RTLS for
automatic real-time management of clinical processes around their
The ORchestrion Steering and Localization Module (SLM) is a
software solution developed by Karl Storz that enables the
monitoring and control of all surgical treatment processes in the
OR. The solution has been enhanced with the Ekahau RTLS system
giving hospital staff an automated overview of the surgical
Unpredictable events, such as emergency cases, are seamlessly
integrated into the existing resource planning without compromising
the current work flow. The combined solution and the related
optimization of operations planning and execution bring significant
cost savings to the daily work-flow in the OR. The solution can be
easily integrated into existing hospital information systems and
wireless networks and does not require the deployment of any new
At the MIC Clinic in Berlin, the operating room staff use the
ORchestrion SLM for daily patient sequence control. With the help of
Ekahau’s latest generation Wi-Fi tags, the solution meets all the
challenges that arise in monitoring various resources and in
coordinating their application in the operating theatre.
Since communications are handled over the existing Wi-Fi network,
time-consuming phone calls between the individual service facilities
are redundant. With mobile task management, physicians and nursing
staff receive automated text messages on their portable devices
telling them where the patients are during the entire OR process.
The patients are tracked using the Ekahau T301W Wearable Wi-Fi
tags. In addition to optimizing OR utilization, the automation of
the OR surgery schedule also benefits the patients by enabling
shorter wait times because of a more systematic process flow.
“With SLM, the processes around the OR are controlled by means of
a highly automated task transmission capability to mobile terminals
(mobile task management). In case deviations occur in the schedule,
SLM helps adapt the process flow in a way that overall OR
utilization is still optimized despite these unexpected delays,”
says Stefanie Klutznik, Nursing Services Manager for Outpatient and
Ambulatory Services of the MIC Clinic.
“I’m constantly amazed at the resourceful applications our
partner companies are creating with our RTLS solutions” said Dirk
Lenz, Regional Director Central and Eastern Europe, at Ekahau. “Karl
Storz and the MIC Clinic worked with us to find a great solution to
a real pain point at MIC, that not only optimizes work-flow and
resource utilization but drives patient satisfaction”.
Ekahau RTLS is a software-based Real Time Location System, which
tracks the location and status or assets and people using a
hospital’s existing Wi-Fi network. Ekahau RTLS does not require any
proprietary infrastructure to be installed yet provides unparalleled
performance when compared to similar proprietary approaches.