Hospital Tests NFC RFID for Patient Bedsides

By Doug

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The teaching affiliate of a regional hospital is testing an NFC RFID system it developed that enables health-care personnel to manage the administration of medication at a patient’s bedside. The solution consists of a Google Nexus 7 tablet and a software app that interprets RFID tag data regarding patients and the medications they receive. The system works with passive NFC RFID tags attached to medications, to patients’ wristbands and to staff members’ ID badges, thereby enabling a user to read the tags and link the patient, caretaker and medication in the app. Learn how the system could provide more than just verification of which medications are administered—it could also enable personnel to enter information into the software while at a patient’s bedside, thereby opening up a host of future uses.