Tracking Paper Records With RFD

By Doug

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Managing patient records presents a mammoth challenge for the multiple trusts (regional health-care bodies) of Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). Hospitals typically have thousands of records onsite, very few of which are digitized. A hospital outside of London has installed an RFID solution that reduced the number of hours needed to retrieve and put away patient files by 80 percent. Passive RFID tags are attached to paper records, and handheld readers are used to track the locations of those documents on shelves, or elsewhere within the hospital. Learn how the system reduces the number of hours that hospital personnel spend putting away or locating files, and frees up 10 to 15 percent of library space, since files can now be placed at the most convenient shelf location, rather than alphabetically.