RFID Technologies Incorporated Into Healthcare System Processes
American healthcare systems are hesitant to adapt to Smart Technologies. However, multiple hospitals throughout the United States, Germany and France have already begun utilizing RFID Technologies. RFID tags are being utilized to track patients, intravenous solution bags and surgical tools. So far, the technology has kept up with its promises and healthcare systems are very happy with the results.
Many analysts believe that the technology will improve patient safety and optimize business processes. According to a report released by U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NCBI) in 2012 , approximately 200,000 people die from preventable medical errors in the United States annually. However, these numbers have begun to gradually decline, with the acquisition of the computer-based medical records from traditional hand written records.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a method that utilizes electromagnetic fields to remotely identify, store and track items, with an attached RFID tag. RFID products are available in various forms, including tags, cards or labels. Embedded in the tag is an electronic chip that is connected to a tiny antenna. The tag can be scanned directly and remotely, utilizing a RFID reader.
Medical facilities can definitely benefit from RFID Technologies, including tracking medical supplies, blister packs and devices. In the best-case scenario, the manufacturer would embed the RFID tag into the device or item, before it is shipped to the medical center. Also, hospitals could utilize RFID badges to track employees and RFID bracelets to track patients and their medical documents.
RFID Technologies is the future for healthcare systems. If utilized correctly, it can improve patient care, reduce operating costs, costly thefts and medical errors and improve security.
RFID Technologies is currently being incorporated into various applications, including agricultural, energy, and pharmaceutical. If healthcare systems are willing to alter there processes and acclimate to the RFID Technology, they can be rewarded greatly. However, there is always the radio frequency deployment that raises concern, since there is always the risk of interference with heart monitors, ventilators, pacemakers and other electrical devices.