Belgium: A hospital at Herentals in Antwerp Province has started using GPS devices for keeping tabs on patients. Patients arriving at the hospital are given a GPS-enabled badge which allows staff to know where patients can be found.
The hospital staff hands over the badge to patients and informs them about the waiting time. The badge contains a chip. The chip allows doctors and nurses to see where the patient is. If doctors are called away for an emergency the delay is posted on a screen. It”s especially helpful in case of patients who have to visit several departments for tests. The badge helps the doctors know when the patient is back from the tests.