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Dr. William Kearns joins VA RTLS Team to improve Veterans’ Healthcare

On March 22, Dr. William Kearns of the Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling joined the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) Implementation Team to improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery systems for our nation's veterans. Kearns' many publications on the use of RTLS to monitor wandering and predict falls in persons with cognitive limitations made Kearns a candidate for the team to represent the interests of researchers using RTLS technologies in healthcare. Approximately 150 VA hospitals use RTLS technologies, and this project will help create a national data repository containing the movement and transactions of monitored VA staff, patients, and assets that will be accessible to university researchers seeking to study how policy changes affect service delivery in our nation's largest healthcare system.