INTRODUCTION AND VISION
In hospitals, wheelchairs are just as commonplace as patients. Unfortunately, due to budget and space concerns, there are not enough wheelchairs for each patient. This means wheelchairs areused only during patient transport, then made available to anyone once no longer utilized. In anideal world, this method works perfectly. However, since the supply is low while demand is high,wheelchairs are constantly being pushed around to different parts of a hospital; making it difficult to immediately locate one when needed. In addition, hospital workers adopt a behavior where theyattempt to plan for upcoming needs, leading to wheelchair hoarding and hiding as a commonoccurrence.WheelChase is a service that enables users to locate a wheelchair within their vicinity basedupon the chairs availability. Hidden wheelchairs cannot help patients. Enabling staff to locateavailable wheelchairs quickly and easily resolves this issue by making availability and locationavailable to anyone who needs a wheelchair. This not only reduces the hoarding of wheelchairs, but also reduces the time it takes to locate a wheelchair and return it to a patient who needs it. Also, by
keeping track of a wheelchair’s location theft levels may reduce as well.
The average cost for astandard, hospital wheelchair is from two hundred to five hundred dollars per chair, depending onthe type of chair desired. Interviews with nurses and hospital administrators indicate wheelchairtheft is more common than people think.