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  • Improving Patient Safety and Hospital Efficiency With RFID and RTLS Technologies
    Published July 2013
    Health-care facilities employ radio frequency identification and real-time location systems to identify, locate and monitor patients, visitors, staff members, assets and equipment. These technologies improve safety, enhance the quality of care, reduce financial waste and foster patient satisfaction. This white paper, written by Schneider Electric's Steve Nibbelink, provides guidance about how RFID and RTLS can be leveraged though integration with security control and monitoring systems.
  • Healthcare and the Impact of the Internet of Things
    Published January 2013
    The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly evolving to encompass more than just inanimate objects. Health care is a prime area in which process automation can bring great benefits. While automation is key, it is not the only parameter that defines the IoT, and this paper, by Steve Halliday and Clive Hohberger of the AIM Internet of Things committee, highlights some of the actions currently being undertaken as the IoT develops. (5 pages)
  • How FRAM RFID from Fujitsu Improves the Medical Sterilization Process
    Published July 2012
    Hospitals and medical facilities must track the use, sterilization, storage and disposal of medical devices and supplies. Fujitsu's Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FRAM), combined with radio frequency identification, is simplifying the task of assuring that these vital products remain clean and uncontaminated. RFID offers a quick and efficient digital means of monitoring supplies and maintaining inventory records, but most RFID technologies lack the durability and reliability necessary within a medical environment; for example, the gamma-radiation sterilization method would destroy standard tags. This technical paper introduces the company's FRAM RFID technology, which combines RFID's high-performance, high-capacity tracking ability with radiation hardiness, enabling it to withstand sterilization. (6 pages)
  • Health-Care Market Secrets
    Published January 2012
    SATO America offers tips for how to break into the expanding health-care market, and discusses several products reflecting the range of automated data-collection and RFID applications in that sector. (4 pages)
  • Track-and-Trace Solutions for the Health-care and Pharmaceutical Industries
    Published December 2011
    Counterfeit medicine is a growing problem worldwide. Consumer and patient safety is crucially important within the health-care and pharmaceutical industries, as is the eroding bottom lines of many drug companies due to the infiltration of bogus medications into the supply chain. SATO America explains why track-and-trace solutions, including bar-coding and RFID technologies, should be implemented in order to ensure the integrity of pharmaceuticals moving from manufacturer to consumer, as well as improve productivity and profitability. (3 pages)
  • RTLS-based Ubiquitous Health-Care Management System Design and Implementation
    Published August 2011
    The U.S. health-care system, one of the most complex systems worldwide, has suffered from ineffective logistics management, patient safety concerns and escalating costs. Real-time location systems (RTLS) based on ubiquitous computing are a new application that will increase the visibility and operational efficiency of clinical and administrative workflow in the health-care setting. In this paper, Xiaoyu Ma, Kai Yang and Kimberly Brayley propose a hybrid framework to implement RTLS technology in hospitals, according to the theory of information system design theory, lean management and task-technology fit. (25 pages)
  • RFID Technology in the Blood-Tracking Process
    Published May 2011
    Unitech explores how a growing number of hospitals and blood centers are leveraging radio frequency identification solutions to enhance patient safety, improve efficiency and trim the costs associated with monitoring and tracking blood products. (4 pages)
  • Controlling Fraudulent and Quality-Impaired Medicine: An Awareness Model
    Published May 2011
    The large amount of counterfeit drugs appearing in developing nations, as well as the exponentially rising emergence of fraudulent medicine in those countries, has motivated research into integrating advanced RFID instruments into the pharmaceutical industry. Eldar Sultanow, the CIO of XQS Service GmbH, discusses such research—which is working toward identifying and preventing counterfeit drugs from appearing on the market, and preserving the quality and security of pharmaceutical products—and outlines a comprehensive and safer model for medical lifecycles, utilizing radio frequency identification. (15 pages)
  • RFID in Oncology Clinics
    Published November 2010
    XECAN's Bin Yang, Ph.D., and Alliance Oncology's Per Halvorsen examine the use of radio frequency identification to enhance the patient experience, increase safety and eliminate treatment errors. (14 pages)
  • The Batteryless RFID Imperative in Health Care
    Published July 2010
    Ravi Pappu, the co-founder and VP of ThingMagic's Advanced Development Group, explains why batteryless RFID is the most economical way to measure a large number of parameters in health-care settings; how batteryless RFID's low cost and complexity enable innovative patient-centric applications that would otherwise not be implemented; and why it often makes sense to implement batteryless RFID applications first. (8 pages)
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