Nov 17, 2019I'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
Tracking Patients and Staff
Tracking Implantable Devices and Consumables
Tracking Tissue Samples
Monitoring Patient Conditions
Monitoring Hand-Hygiene Compliance
Tracking Patients and Matching Services to Them
Tracking Blood Used for Transfusions
Tracking Shelf Life
Operating Room Applications
I recently wrote about some of the common applications in this area (see How Is RFID Being Used in Hospital Operating Rooms?). As you can see, there are many applications and use cases for RFID in health care, and numerous hospitals have employed the technology for one or more of them. Few have implemented RFID for more than three or four, however, so there are many benefits still to be had.
Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal.