Thursday, 12 November 2015

RFID in Healthcare: Usecases from Hospitals by @msharmas


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RFID is being used in healthcare to provide Innovative solutions for enabling quality in care, reduce costs & improve patient safety.

Some years back while on a visit to New Zealand, I had found an interesting usecase of RFID being used for sample collection. The person going from location to location on his route, was identifying the sample containers using a RFID tag. The RFID tag was reusable and I found the problem of smudging of a patient identification label, not being a problem in this case.

I found this to be quite an interesting scenario for using RFID in sample collection to ensure sample tracking and identification. Definitely there will be a cost reduction from the point of view of not printing/ re-printing sample labels. Once the sample has been processed, the RFID tag can be reused. There has been a considerable reduction in the cost of passive and active RFID tags.

While reviewing the recent research around the use of RFID in Healthcare, I found RFID is being in the following usecase scenarios: 
  • used to shorten outpatient waiting times, 
  • countinuous temperature monitoring for kids, 
  • patient tracking, 
  • mother-infant cot matching
  • Infant safety 
  • Inventory tracking
  • Asset tracking in hospitals
  • RFID cabinets for surgical devices 

In our Storify for RFIDs in Healthcare, we have shared some of the Case Studies via Wireless Healthcare Blog., and some other sources. We hope to keep updating this storify with additional scenarios from other countries and hospitals.

You can also look up the latest examples and scenarios during the following conference: RFID in Health Care 2015 | RFID Journal Events

Share more stories with us via the comments or the Twitter Hashtag : #HITSMIND

Additional resources:

1. An RFID-Reading Wristband Tracks Hand Hygiene to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections | MIT Technology Review 

Update:
2. In the recently concluded SuperBowl 50 RFID was used to gather player data.

RT Hi-tech inspiration 4#healthcare? Sensors convert every player to a LIVE data node!  


3. Mother-infant RFID tagging to check lifting of newborns in hospitals - The Hindu http://ow.ly/Yj2P301CMKE

4.  HEALTH TECHNOLOGY: Radio Frequency Identification in Healthcare – Manish Sharma | World Health Innovation Summit Blog (this article was also published in the World Health Innovation Summit Blog)

Read the storify in this post to review the various usecase scenarios. You can click on the links to get to the source articles and review the scenarios in detail.



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