Smart Hospital concept incorporate RFID technologies for wide range of applications inside the Hospital.
Technologies of identification by radio frequencies (RFID) experience a rapid development and healthcare is one of its major application area
RFID applications for Hospitals
- The medical equipment should embed RFID tags. In the best case the tags should be placed into the devices by the manufacturer and should contain a standardized world-wide unique identiﬁer.
- On arrival, each patient receives a wristband with an embedded RFID tag storing a unique identiﬁer, and some information about him (e.g. a digital picture, a unique patient code, etc.)
- The doctors, nurses, caregivers and other staff members wear a “smart RFID badge” storing their employee ID number.
- All the patients’ medical histories (aka paper medical ﬁles) and other important documents are tagged with self-adhesive RFID labels containing a unique number.
- The bags of blood are attached with a self-adhesive RFID label holding a unique identiﬁer, the hospital tracking number and some important information about the contained type of blood.
- The blister packs and other drugs’ packages all contain RFID labels. These transponders should preferably be EPC compliant.
Installation of RFID devices
- Entrance & exit of hospital are secured with RFID readers
- The staff members (doctors, nurses, caregivers and other employees) each have a handheld (PDA, mobile phone, etc.) equipped with an RFID reader and possibly with a wireless (e.g. WiFi) connection to the web.
- Each operating theater contains a least one RFID reader.
- RFID sensors are placed in strategic galleries and important ofﬁces. In the best case, every ofﬁce should contain an RFID reader: either placed next to the door or under the desks.
- Patient Identification
- Blood Tracking
- Smart operating theatres
- Tracking Equipment, Patients, Sta® and Documents
- Avoiding Theft of Medical Equipment
- Smart Medicine Cabinets