RFID in Health Care 2021 Report

By Rich Handley

View the PDFs and recordings from RFID Journal's recent online event.

In the health-care field, hospitals and other medical facilities are employing radio frequency identification (RFID) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to improve patient safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing and reduce the incidence of medical errors using track-and-match applications. As of fall 2020, more than 60 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, and IoT and RFID technologies are helping to alleviate the situation.

On Mar. 16, 2021, RFID Journal hosted the virtual event "RFID in the Health Care 2021," sponsored by  HID Global and  Identiv. During this event, attendees learned how RFID and the IoT solutions are identifying and tracking COVID-19 outbreaks, enabling social distancing in health-care environments, and monitoring vaccine distribution. Links to archived recording of the session presentations are presented below, along with PDFs of the slides used in those presentations.

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New Wireless Sensors Apply Directly to Skin, Improving Collection of Patient Information
Speaker: Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor, Penn State University
Penn State University researchers have developed a wearable sensor device that can be applied directly to individuals' skin to measure their conditions, including temperature, heart rate and blood-oxygen levels. The device is designed to be applied directly to a person's body like a temporary tattoo. With a small wireless module leveraging Near Field Communication (NFCRFID technology or inductive coupling, it can transmit data to a user's smartphone. This session explained how the team has developed a prototype and how the sensors might be used in the future.
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Mission of the Century: Proven RFID and IoT Technology Ensures the Safety, Efficacy and Security of People, Vaccines, and Devices
Speaker: Richard Aufreiter, VP of Product Marketing, HID Global
COVID-19 and the importance of automation and digitization within a healthcare facility remain a concern, even as billions of vaccines are to be delivered worldwide. HID has taken a position to extend trusted identities to solve for the challenges that arise, including vaccine lifecycle management, immunity identification, sterilization processes, patient monitoring and facility infection controls. During this session, HID showcased RFID and IoT applications to ensure critical steps are taken to secure medication and vaccine chain of custody, as well as how immunity passports are being used across automated medical device usage and digital sanitation processes.
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Developing an RFID Strategy for Health Care
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
RFID can deliver many benefits to hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care communities and other medical facilities in different areas. The technology can be used to improve patient safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing and reduce the incidence of medical errors using track-and-match applications. This session outlined how to create a long-term strategy enabling businesses to choose technologies that will best meet their ongoing needs across a variety of applications, as well as how to prioritize projects in the near term.
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When IoT Meets Wellness: Intelligent RFID Makes Healthcare Simpler, Smarter and Safer
Speaker: Vera Mauerberger, Product Manager, Identiv
RFID is making the world increasingly more digital, allowing companies to connect billions of everyday items in the IoT. When flexible RFID is added to wellness, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and cold chain monitoring, the benefits change lives. This session discussed how intelligent RFID is making healthcare simpler, smarter and safer.
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