Emerging Role of RFID in Healthcare Enhances Management for Health Professionals

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 29, 2015

FREMONT, CA: The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is well known in the world of telecommunications and wireless applications. However, it is also making its way in the healthcare scenario.

The RFID technology uses radio frequency signals to remotely locate equipments that are marked with bar codes. It is not limited to locating equipments like testing machines, wheelchairs, syringe pumps but also includes the location of doctors and other staff. Additionally, it traces patient location by fitting RFID bands to patient wrists enabling hospital staff to know any kind of movement done by unstable patients or new born babies.

There are two types of RFIDs namely active RFID and passive RFID. Active RFID uses power and passive does not. Moreover, this technology also keeps track of patient data and complete history of the patient including his name, personal details, disease description and prescribed medicines that eliminates the need of paperwork and the hassle of keeping the files safe.

Owing to RFID tags, tracking from any corner of the hospital becomes a seamless task. Further, the system can store a large amount of data and responds to voice commands. With robust security architecture, RFID can send alerts and notifications to the centre and consists of maps for various routers installed on every floor.