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How to Choose the Right RFID System: A Step-by-Step Guide for Providers of Health Care
Published: April 2011, Updated June 2015
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Radio frequency identification is a broad term covering any system that can identify objects remotely using radio waves. RFID technologies are used for a wide array of applications in hospitals and clinicsfrom tracking large assets, such as gurneys and wheelchairs, to tracking inventories of medical devices, such as stents, and identifying lab samples. Different applications have vastly different performance requirements. A large,multi-floor hospital, for instance, might need to identify a piece of medical equipment from 1,000 feet (300 meters) or more away, and locate it to within a 10-foot (3-meter) radius, while a medical researcher might need to identify the slot of a specific test tube only a few inches square in size.
This report details the many types of RFID technologies, including passive low-frequency (LF), high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) 433 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz active systems; ultra-wideband (UWB); ZigBee; Wi-fi; and more. Plus, it features descriptions of hybrid tags that combine RFID with infrared, and alternatives to RFID, including ultrasound. This ultimate guide will help ensure that you choose the most suitable system to do the job at the lowest costget this newly released report now, at this special rate.
RFID Journal's editors created this special report to help health-care providers choose the RFID technology that can best meet their needs in both the short and long term. It is designed to walk decision-makers through the process of determining their needs, and then matching those requirements to the proper RFID system. This document provides detailed information regarding the performance characteristics, standards, strengths, weaknesses and common applications for each type of passive, active and battery-assisted RFID system. Because health-care providers are primarily interested in locating assets in real time, we have provided detailed information about the real-time location systems (RTLSs) offered for the health-care sector, including a breakdown of the different features of solutions on the market.
No report can conclusively determine the right RFID system for a particular organization's needs, but this guide will help those charged with selecting a system narrow the options. Our goal is to reduce the time hospitals spend researching the appropriate system, and to provide the information they need to choose a systems integrator and, perhaps, hardware and software providers (a good systems integrator will help with the technology-selection process).
Table of Contents
The Major Types of RFID Systems
1. Determine whether you want to deploy RFID as a point solution to solve one
Passive Real-Time Locating Systems
Active Real-Time Locating Systems