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RFID Applications in the Health Sector

Health organizations are increasingly investing in RFID technology. The reason is the huge number of applications that can be used in many different cases.

At ZeusRFID we have the range of solutions described below for health institutions.

In our company you will find access control systems, staff and patient identification, equipment management systems as well as linen and clothing management.

We also have a huge variety of special type labels, which are suitable for applications in the field of health.

Let’s look briefly at some applications:

Patient Care

With the RFID tag, the patient is identified quickly, reducing waiting times and bottlenecks. In addition, locating patients becomes easy, wherever they are on the premises of a health unit.

Also, with RFID we can relate the patient and the medication he is taking. This eliminates the risk of misdiagnosis in patients and further reduces drug waste.

Management of Medical Tools

Surgical instruments such as scalpels, clamps, etc., are needed daily for surgeries. Therefore, this equipment must always be available, clean, disinfected and ready for use. Checking this material with RFID tags ensures that each tool is sterilized before use and is available.

The technology can be applied to other items, consumables and non-consumables. From gauze, vials and other everyday objects, to the monitoring of blood, plasma, bottles etc. ensuring the safety of materials and their continuous adequacy and availability.

Medical Equipment Management

The health units use a variety of instruments, machines, diagnostic tools but also furniture, electronic devices, etc. Most of them are high value items and may occasionally be missing or in the wrong place.

Monitoring and managing such items is very important for clinics and hospitals because replacing them costs money. In addition, some of these assets are not immediately available and will take time to replace. The contribution of an RFID system to tracking these assets within a healthcare facility minimizes these challenges.

Access Control - Security

Security is another aspect that we use RFID in order to restrict access to certain rooms or areas. Such an application prevents unauthorized access to sensitive areas.

It also provides a level of security that prevents theft or damage, protecting patients, medicines and medical equipment.

Linen Management

Towels, blankets and sheets, medical staff uniforms are just a few examples of clothing found in every hospital.

Each of these items must be washed and disinfected for use before the next patient is admitted.

An effective way to track these items, as well as to ensure that they are sterile, is by using an RFID system.

Special type linen labels are placed on the clothing. The staff thus knows the quantities available, the degree of wear and the people who used them.

Inventory Management / Loyalty Assurance

Hospitals have a dynamic supply of medicines and consumables that must be monitored in order to maintain the right stocks for patients. The use of RFID can reduce inventory time by allowing medicines to be measured more frequently, ensuring accurate data and sufficient quantities of medicines.

Some hospitals and pharmaceutical manufacturers also use RFID tags for authentication purposes. Counterfeiting is on the rise due to the high cost often associated with prescription drugs. Thus, many companies have chosen to use RFID as an authentication or anti-counterfeiting resource. This is achieved by placing an RFID tag on or inside a bottle or medicine box and encrypting it with specific information so that hospitals and pharmacies can verify that the medicines they have are genuine.

Tamper proof RFID tags are also used in these applications to ensure quality and authenticity.


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IoT applications in the Health Sector

The IoT is constantly gaining ground in the health sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated developments even further and digital pandemic-related health solutions are on the rise. Demand for specific IoT health applications such as telematics, digital diagnostics, remote monitoring and robot assistance is growing.

Typical IoT healthcare projects in hospitals / clinics include monitoring medical devices, coordinating health teams, optimizing workflow functions, and many sensor applications. With the use of IoT, solutions focused on outpatient care are gaining significant ground. For example, remote patient monitoring, assisted living, geriatric care and remote drug management.

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