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RFID Applications and Use Cases in Health Care

Here are the major ways in which radio frequency identification technologies are being deployed at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities.
By Mark Roberti
Nov 17, 2019

I'm not sure if he saw my Editor's Note from last week (see The Benefits of RFID in Apparel), in which I discussed the technology's applications in the apparel sector, but I received an email this week from a person asking about all of the applications for RFID in the health-care field. I explained that the most important applications involve tracking assets to increase utilization rates and reduce capital expenditures on replacements that aren't really needed, as well as monitoring patients to ensure they are safe and are being treated in a timely way.

I then listed some of the major use cases for RFID technologies at hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities, and I provided real-world examples from articles published on our website. I now share these with you in the hope that they will help health-care providers see how powerful RFID is and the many different benefits it can deliver. So here goes:

Tracking Assets and Improving Utilization Rates
San Joaquin Hospital Boosts Asset Utilization
Asset Tracking Underway at WakeMed Cary Hospital
Tokyo Hospital Tracks Equipment via RFID-Enabled Shelving

Tracking Patients and Staff
Killure Bridge Nursing Home Tracks Staff, High-Risk Residents
Haus Desiree Uses RTLS to Keep an Eye on Nursing Home Residents
Wi-Fi RFID System for Long-Term Care
Wright University Researchers Test RFID and Ultrasound for 3-D RTLS
Nursing Home in Turkey Installs Elpas RTLS from Tyco Security Products
German Senior Citizens Home Implements Ekahau Wi-Fi RTLS
RFID Tracks Elderly Care Participants and Staff, Onsite and Off
Retirement Community Gains Insight From RTLS
Answering the Call at Senior Care Facility

Tracking Implantable Devices and Consumables
RFID Heals Hospital's Inventory Problems
Concord Hospital Implements Logi-D Replenishment System
Tennessee Hospital Tracks High-Value Items

Tracking Pharmaceuticals
German Hospital Expects RFID to Eradicate Drug Errors
Nyack Hospital Tracks Medication Compliance
North Carolina Hospital Identifies Recalled Drugs Via RFID
Improving Hospital-Based Medication Administration Using NFC
Rady Children's Hospital Tracks Anesthetic Drugs Via RFID
RxSafes Machines Use RFID to Automatically Dispense Medications

Tracking Tissue Samples
Irish Hospital Tracks Precious Samples
RFID Provides Tissue-Tracking Gains for Hospitals
Aegis Sciences Corp. Manages Bio Samples More Efficiently With RFID

Monitoring Patient Conditions
Hospital Using RTLS to Monitor Patients' Conditions
California State Hospitals Expand Personal-Duress System
Rehab Center Monitors Patients With Ultra-wide Band

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