@Betajet, I like the analogy about the boat race between the United States and Japan. This is a very accurate picture of what happens in major corporations back here at home; every manager wants things done his or her way, with very little regard to the company policies that are already in place, but when things fail to go as they planned then all the blame is directed to the average employee at the bottom of the ladder who had very little to do with the important decision making in the first place.
Everyone is talking about tracking the managers and the hospital administrators but I think you are forgetting the one group that needs the most tracking; the patients in the hospitals. In particular, if this new technology is working so well then it should be applied to the patients admitted in the hospitals. Their movement, and the knowledge of those movements, will help the staff give them better health care.
I can understand all the anger directed at the people who came up with this system but, hard as I try to put myself in the shoes of the hospital administrators, I still cannot understand why they decided to limit the tracking to the nurses and no one else. From my experience I know that there are many employees who work at different capacities in any given hospital. Their work also affects the overall efficiency and therefore they too should be tracked if that efficiency is to be improved through tracking.
Last week I read that Little Caesar's Pizza franchise owners Valor Equity Partners optimized store processes by counting employee footsteps and then revised store layouts and prebooked food orders to reduce average employee motion 31% from 15.3 miles a week to 10.6 miles a week. Now the hospitals are following suit. Apparently this kind of process improvement bridges disciplines. I wonder what unexpected changes we'll see in healthcare as a result.
What kind of idea is this? Do you mean to say that nurses are to be treated like animals are being tracked in jungle? If someone is willing to live like human then he or she need to treat others as well like human. Very bad idea, and the worst use of technology.
Max, improving the efficiency of management is simply not the American Business way. The American Business way is described quite well in the old story of the Japanese versus American Business boat race, which I think hails from the 1980s. Here's a link to a version of the story.
The short version is that Japan won the race because they had eight employees rowing and one manager steering. The USA race had one employee rowing and eight managers steering in different directions. When the USA team lost, all blame was placed on the one overworked rower. Sound familar to anyone?
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