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5 Advantages of RFID in Healthcare – Part Four

Posted by Chris Brown

March 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Continuing on with our five-part series in which we review the advantages of RFID within several industries, we examine the advantages RFID in the Healthcare sector:

Patient Safety   RFID Wristband

  • RFID wrist-banding allows for better patient safety at the point-of-care. With one scan one can retrieve:
    • Medical history
    • Prescribed medications
    • Meal / Medicine scheduling
  • Eliminate doctor and nurse negligence in regards to serving patients incorrect medications or foods
  • Allow for surgeons to have the nurses full attention in the operating room as opposed to being occupied by the administrative tasks of counting and tracking surgical equipment

Operating Instruments and Medical Equipment Healthcare RFID

  • Monitor and trace operating instruments and medical equipment during procedures to insure all materials are  accounted for
  • Prevent the retention of surgical instruments, sponges, and towels inside patients being operated on
  • Omit or supplement the manual process of counting the number of surgical instruments, towels, and sponges both pre and post survey

Pharmacy / File / Lab Labeling

  • Prevent misidentifying specimens thus minimizing costly error
  • Add accuracy, safety, and efficiency to prescription processing by using bar code labels
  • Easily track test tubes, vials, blood bags and microscope slides to prevent errors and ensure accuracy

Access Control

  • Streamline card-based access control solutions with durable, highly secure credentials printed on-demand. describe the image
  • Monitor and control access to the most restricted parts of medical officeincluding:
    • Operating Rooms
    • ER
    • Supply closets
    • Secure hospital wings

Supply Chain – Logistic

  • Apply RFID tags at the source to ensure end-to-end traceability :
    • Medical supplies
    • Prescription drugs
    • Organ transplant transportation
  • Sort through and store prescription drugs with greater speed and accuracy
  • Accelerate picking time and accuracy with RFID labels, which enable medical staff to locate materials and complete transfer operations faster

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Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Five

Topics: RFID, Healthcare, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA