GE Healthcare Performance Solutions, a global business providing end-to-end knowledge solutions to the healthcare industry through advisory, technology and healthcare expertise, and Cisco, a worldwide leader in IT networking announced they are collaborating. Through this collaboration between GE and Cisco, hospitals will have the ability to deploy GE’s AgileTracTM platform, integrated with the Cisco Unified Wireless Network (CUWN) and Cisco Context-Aware Software, to track patients, staff and equipment with diverse network technologies, helping to improve the quality of patient care, increase efficiency and control costs. The combined GE and Cisco solution brings together location information about Wi-Fi clients, tags and wired devices, with proprietary real-time location system technologies (RTLS), regardless of the network provider. Previously, hospitals were forced to operate two separate tracking systems for Wi-Fi and proprietary RTLS technologies. Now, organizations can reduce cost while getting a more complete, consolidated view of assets throughout the hospitals existing structure. Research has shown that asset utilization across the healthcare industry is at 40 percent on average and therefore there is a significant need to help hospitals be more efficient. By streaming Wi-Fi and RTLS into GE’s AgileTrac platform, you can track and manage the location of patients, staff, equipment, and capacity with confidence. AgileTrac has been proven to optimise use of mobile equipment in hospitals, resulting in equipment-related cost reduction of grater than 15 percent and net cost facility savings.