RFID – Radio Frequency Identification

What is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless technology used for transmitting the identity of person, object, or entity in the form of a unique serial number from one device to another.

RFID can be further classified into two categories:

  • Passive RFID – It requires manual scanning or labeling to capture the identification data.
  • Active RFID – It does automatic scanning and transmits the data to RFID enabled devices.

RFID enabled devices stores information that is passed to readers. The readers are connected to the network where the information is authenticated.

RFID enabled devices and readers are connected to the network, thereby enabling tracking and data sharing.

  • Wireless technology
  • Transmits Information
  • Enables authentication, tracking and data sharing.

How RFID works?

  • Hardware: Tags and Readers
  • Software: Local Server
  • Information Systems: Enterprise Integration, and supply chain management

Advantages of RFID:

  • Patient safety
  • Ensures five rights of medication
  • Patients privacy is ensured

Disadvantages of RFID:

  • Security concerns
  •  Resistance to change
  •  Privacy of nurses
  •  High Cost
  •  Interference with other devices
  •  Difficult to extract

 

Example of RFID – RFID in action:

RFID reader at the hospital test lab identifies the time and location the sample was actually taken. RFID technology is used for capturing an accurate and reliable sample collection time, as well as validating the proper collection location.

A reusable plastic hangtag or printed paper label can house a standard RFID device.  In turn, a RFID enabled device can store blood sample. The patient information is written on this RFID tag and affixed to the sample, enabling the technician to accurately identify sample collection time and location as well as its arrival time in the lab. The Lab tech places the blood product sample into the freezer, and calls for the test sample to be transported to a blood testing laboratory for the analysis. Each step of the critical processes is automatically tracked by the RFID system (time/location the sample put into the freezer, time sample was picked up by the delivery service, and time sample was delivered to the final lab).

One of the critical steps in blood-sample handling, which affects the freshness of the sample is the environmental conditions that the sample was exposed to during the transportation of the sample as well as the waiting times before processing the sample. The RFID integrated temperature monitoring device (example picture shown is ThermAssure by Evidencia) allows tracking of the sample temperature tracking during transportation  and storage, thus ensuring the freshness of the sample before actual testing. This is a great quality assurance feature which can be used for all types of hospital sample-testing processes conducted by outside labs.

 

RFID Journal’s ninth annual event will focus on helping health-care providers understand how the technology can help them improve patient safety, hospital operations and supply chain efficiencies.

This event will be the premier industry event focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the health-care industry. The event will feature leading hospital executives explaining how they employ RFID to improve asset-utilization rates, reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes, and will provide a unique learning experience for health-care executives. Early adopters will share the results of real-world deployments, and answer questions regarding the benefits they have achieved with RFID.

About RFID Journal

RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information regarding radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision-makers worldwide—online and at face-to-face events. 

Anjali R Kalan
Aarkstore and JSB Market Research Pvt Ltd.
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