What is the role of RFID technology in the medical industry?

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The rapid development of RFID technology has been applied in many fields. The image of RFID can be seen in common places of logistics, transportation, retail, business, medical, military, asset management, personnel positioning, package tracking and other management. Talking about the application of RFID technology in medical treatment.

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1. Medical Care

Because of the large number of emergency patients every day, the traditional manual registration is not only slow, but also has a high error rate. It is impossible for critical patients to register normally. In order to identify all patients quickly, complete admission registration and effectively carry out first aid work, medical departments urgently need an automatic identification system that can provide real-time information about the identity and condition of the wounded. Only in this way can hospital staff carry out rescue work efficiently, accurately and orderly.

For each patient to wear wristband label, when patients receive treatment, medical staff only need to use the RFID handheld reader to scan the label information to know the need for first aid. Because the RFID technology provides a reliable, efficient and economical method of information storage and inspection, the hospital will not delay the rescue of emergency patients, let alone lead to medical treatment by misrecognition of the wounded. Accident. Because the input of these information can be completed at one time by reading the RFID tag, it reduces the unnecessary manual input and avoids the human error.

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2. Application of neonatal identification management

Because of their similar characteristics and lack of comprehension and expression ability, new born babies often suffer from misidentification if they are not effectively identified, which has irreparable impact on all parties.

Immediately after the birth of the baby, the identification of the mother and the baby should be carried out in the maternity room. Before other patients are sent to the maternity room, both the mother and the baby should be transferred out of the maternity room. The delivery room must be prepared: two non-transferable RFID tags for mothers and newborns, respectively. The information on the logo should be the same, including the full name of the mother and the number of the logo, the sex of the baby, the date and time of birth, and what other hospitals think can clearly match the content of the biological mother and child. When someone tries to steal a newborn out of a hospital ward, the RFID identification device can monitor it in real time and alert the security personnel to the latest location of the stolen baby.

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3. Application of Tracking and Locating Important Assets and Material in Hospital

Some large medical centers generally have huge storage bases for important medical assets and medical articles. Hospital logisticians need to find suitable articles from thousands of items according to orders every day. The outer packing of medical articles is usually comparatively similar, but the use of internal articles is very different. Therefore, hospital logistics departments usually need to spend tremendous manpower and material resources to find and check these items.

RFID tags will make the process of searching and checking very fast and accurate, and tags themselves can carry information about items, greatly improving the efficiency of management.

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4. Management and Application of Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

In the medical field, a lot of errors in prescription, drug distribution and medication occur every year, which leads to many medical accidents, a lot of time delays and lawsuits. Improving drug tracking may help hospitals save money and curb the proliferation of counterfeit and substandard drugs.

By using this label, physical objects can be identified at any time in the manufacturing and distribution process. It can also monitor drugs at all points in the supply chain, including precise target batches, to help pharmaceutical companies meet increasing regulatory requirements. The application of RFID in the medical industry has gone beyond the concept of rapid location. The hospital HIS system integrating RFID technology will integrate all hospital assets into an organic whole and provide fast, efficient and reliable services for patients.

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Therefore, RFID technology has improved five aspects of the medical industry.

1. Improving surgical instrument tracking

2. Improving patient safety

3. Better supply chain management

4. UDI compliance

5. Improving asset management

Because of contactless identification, RFID has been widely used in various fields. It automatically identifies target objects by radio frequency signals and collects relevant information and data. The identification work does not need manual intervention and adapts to various harsh environments. RFID technology can recognize high-speed moving objects, but also can identify multiple tags at the same time, fast and convenient operation. With the increasing construction of hospital management informationization, more and more automatic identification products have entered medical institutions and become indispensable equipment for hospital management.

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Last update: Jan 08, 2020


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