Team Details

North Carolina State University

Hospital Acquired Infections represent $9.8 billion dollars in preventable healthcare costs annually in the US. These infections are pathogens that a patient acquires during a hospital admission for which they were not originally admitted. The primary vector for these costs are hospital staff members not washing their hands. For hospital administrations aiming to reduce hospital re-admissions and the rising costs of healthcare, the Medtraq handwashing compliance system provides a lightweight solution to capturing event data within a hospital. Medtraq would provide previously unavailable compliance data allowing administration to build a pattern of hand washing compliance and accountability. The World Health Organization reports that a hospital can save, on average, $40,000 per year for every 1% increase in overall handwashing compliance. Unlike competitors who are installing clunky detection hardware in hospital rooms, Medtraq uses small low-energy Bluetooth beacons that interact with the smart devices staff members already carry. Handwashing compliance is only the first of many issues Medtraq’s beacons can address. Beacons can also enable a facility to better track and manage the facility’s equipment. An average hospital can lose $4,000 per day in lost wages due to time spent searching for mobile medical equipment. Equipment theft alone costs hospitals at least $52 million per year. Beacons near or attached to equipment can provide general information about the equipment: how it may be depreciating, who else within a facility might need the equipment, or how to bring the equipment back to its proper default location within the facility.

Alex Leonov
Computer Engineering
Shaunak Turaga
Electrical Engineering
Tyler Hayes