Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

How much does LTrace cost?
What is the maximum number of users?
What bar code scanners are available?
How many printers will I require?
How long will installation take?
Can the software be installed on terminal servers?
What database engine does LTrace use?

How much does LTrace cost?
The price of LTrace depends upon the size and complexity of the installation. In many installations we will also recommend changes to layout or workflow. We also provide customised software development to ensure that LTrace makes your facility the best it can be. In the end LTrace is a very cost effective solution that will save you time and effort in your day to day procedures as well as your monthly and annual reporting.

That’s really not much of an answer. If you are a small dental practice or GP in Sydney then a full installation will start at about $5,000. A large hospital with custom features may cost up to $100,000. We won’t go as far as saying “no job too big or small” because there some jobs that are too small. 

What is the maximum number of users?
LTrace is a very “light” application. That is, it places very little demand on the server or network. For this perspective it can support thousands of users. The main limitation will probably be your database server. Advice on the best server configuration is available.

What bar code scanners are available?
Where price is a major factor, a bar code permanently connected to the PC is available. This is similar to the ones found in many clothing retail outlets. We recommend that a blue tooth scanner be used. This eliminates the cable allowing the scanner to be brought to the item. These scanners can transmit up to 80m back to the PC. Where a PC is not available, a handheld PDA scanner will soon be available.

How many printers will I require?
You will probably require the following in each CSSD: one label printer to print labels with a steriliser indicator strip for sterilised items one label printer to print labels without an indicator strip for sterrad, decontaminated only and stock items (optional) one permanent label printer to print barcodes in etching is not used. one laser printer to print the count sheets It is possible to have just the one label printer if the indicator strip is not required. An existing laser printer will probably be used. Additional printers may be required where multiple staff are packing at once.

How long will installation take?
The installation time varies widely but is dependant on: the number of instruments that are in circulation how accurate your current records are on what you have how much information you want to record including photos and instructions We will normally instruct you on what information must be gathered. Once we have this information the software can be installed relatively quickly and the data imported. If you require barcoding or etching on instruments then you must also give consideration to the amount of time this will require. It is possible to have the system operational while barcoding instruments as they come through.

For a better idea as to the stages of installation, please see this article.

Can the software be installed on terminal servers?
Yes. The server will need to provide support for the barcode reader. It must also have access to the database server

What database engine does LTrace use?
LTrace should be installed on SQL Server (SQL Server 2000 or later) in a hospital environment. For a smaller installation the (free) MSDE is possible but not recommended for more than 4 PCs.

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