RFID Delivers Newborn Security

By Jonathan Collins

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital uses RFID to track the location of its newest patients and ensure they won’t be removed without permission. The same system is being used to track assets.

Maternity hospitals know that security at their institutions is essential—and for good reason. Between 1983 and 2004, 233 infants were abducted in the U.S., with more than 50 percent taken directly from healthcare facilities, according to the U.S. National Center for Missing Children. In a bid to prevent such abductions many hospitals are turning to RFID and finding that in addition to protecting the newborns in their care, the technology can be us...

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