What have been the largest applications of RFID technology in this sector?
The largest application of radio frequency identification has been the use of active RFID-based real-time location system (RTLS) technology to track medical equipment in real time. The technology can also be used to track patient flow, improve bed turnover rates and prevent unauthorized departures (an alarm can ring, for example, if an Alzheimer’s patient tries to leave a facility, or if an infant is removed by someone other than the child’s mother or father).
Another big application is the use of passive tags to manage inventory. RFID is utilized on stents and other implantable devices, drugs and other high-value items. And passive tags are also used on surgical sponges and instruments to ensure that they are not left inside a patient during an operation. There are other applications as well, such as monitoring hand-washing compliance.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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