Hospitals and healthcare facilities face many inventory challenges. On top of that, the cost of care, preventable harm, and wasted time are big issues that plague the healthcare industry. Now more than ever timeliness is critical to patient safety, care quality, and operational efficiency. Providers waste copious amounts of time and resources trying to locate patients, staff, and critical equipment. While many potential solutions exist, a real-time healthcare system (RTHS) represents the most formidable change agent. The RTHS uses real-time information and communications to be proactive, versus reactive. The key to this is situational awareness – or, knowing where people (patients, clinicians, care team members) and resources (medical devices, wheelchairs, heart monitors) are at all times during any given patient experience. Knowing this information in real-time is critical, and will improve your overall operations and delivery of care.