What were we asked to look at
Is the Floki Bluetooth Tagging system a cost-saving intervention for tracking medical equipment in a hospital setting compared with active RFID and Wi-Fi tracking?
Currently the main technology in use for this in NHS Scotland is RFID (radio frequency identification). The referrer is looking for an independent review on using Bluetooth tagging to quantify the efficiency gains. The comparator would be RFID and potentially Wi-Fi technology for tracking medical equipment.
Why is this important
During a time when cost saving are crucial for the NHS as well as infection control, this is a relevant topic and aligns with CEL 35, The Scottish Government’s Policy for Property and Asset Management in NHS (https://www.sehd.scot.nhs.uk/mels/cel2010_35.pdf), as it could have a positive impact on service provision to patients and ensure medical equipment provides full value to the NHS.