The Smartest Room

Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


SmartRoom is a computerized system that detects who is in a given hospital room and provides them with the information they need to complete their job efficiently and reliably. The system utilizes a real time locating system (RTLS) and a touch screen user interface designed to make work quick and simple for end users.

The system relies on all staff members wearing tags that can be recognized by sensors in the rooms and in the hallways. Each tag has a unique signal and every staff member has an assigned tag, which they clip to their name badge. When a nurse, doctor, housekeeper or other caregiver walks into the patient’s room, the room recognizes the tag and the SmartRoom application is launched on a touch screen monitor. The monitor automatically serves up situation- and role-relevant information as defined by the tag they are wearing. There is no need to find a ­computer, log on, sort, sift, and fetch needed information comes to them automatically.


Electronic Medical Record Hand Hygiene Touch Screen Front Line Electronic Medical Record System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Donald D. Wolff, Jr. Center for Quality, Safety, and InnovationUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.SmartRoom, LLCPittsburghUSA

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