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Malaysia's Prince Court Medical Center Adopts RFID
The hospital is tracking infants and their mothers, as well as assets, utilizing passive and active RFID tags, with the goal of reducing the risk of infant abduction and asset theft.
Feb 16, 2011—The Prince Court Medical Center (PCMC), located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is employing active RFID tags with a built-in infrared (IR) transmitter to protect infants within its facility, as well as a combination of passive and active tags to track equipment and other medical assets.
PCMC is a 300-bed, six-floor multi-specialty-care hospital that draws patients from throughout Asia. In 2008, the medical center began seeking a technology that would prevent any risk of infant abduction, as well as reduce asset theft—before either type of crime could become a problem. "What was needed was a preemptive safety measure," says Shrinita Yogeswaran, PCMC's IT application manager, "that would effectively serve as a secondary deterrent and a back-up to the hospital's existing security measures [for tracking patients and assets]." Those existing security measures required scanning bar codes, she says, or tracking individuals and assets by means of ID numbers printed on labels.
For infant tracking, the hospital sought a solution that employed RFID bracelets worn by infants and their mothers and would provide real-time data regarding babies' locations, and that would issue an alert if a child were ever handed to the incorrect mother. In addition, the facility wanted the tags to have a security feature that could ensure they are never removed by an unauthorized individual.
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