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Fear of Job Loss Hurting RFID Adoption in UK Healthcare

A UK-based consultancy this week will release a report pointing to fear of job loss as an obstacle to RFID adoption in the UK's healthcare system.
Dec 08, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

December 8, 2004—Despite the occasional mention of RFID's potential for displacing workers, including a November feature article in RFID Journal and a Yankee Group study last summer that predicted the obsolescence of 4 million U.S. jobs over the next decade due to RFID, there really hasn't been much resistance to RFID attributed to job loss alone. But that may be changing.

Wireless Healthcare, a UK-based consultancy specializing in the application of mobile and wireless technology in the healthcare sector, this week will release a report pointing to fear of job loss as an obstacle to RFID adoption in the UK's healthcare system. The report asserts that using RFID to automate certain human tasks will improve care and even save lives, but it notes that UK health workers, already feeling threatened by the increasing use of technology to automate tasks historically handled by humans, naturally resist any technology that could render them obsolete. NHS, the UK's socialized healthcare agency and the nation's largest employer, might heed that resistance by slowing its deployment of RFID.

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