RFID in Hospitals

How can RFID benefit asset tracking in your local hospital? Radio Frequency Identification tags or better known as RFID tags can monitor hospital assets, including things like medical equipment, prescription drugs, and people can also be tracked. Tags can be mounted directly to the equipment or integrated into ID badges and pharmaceutical supplies. RFID can provide a fast and secure means of a cost-effective technology to better manage healthcare management.

Tracking medications is just one of many applications where RFID can help manage theft and identify the location of pharmaceuticals in real time and from remote locations. Barcodes are used widely in many healthcare settings, but RFID offers added benefits that are beginning to become embraced in the industry.

Locating equipment in a hospital setting is also a key benefit of RFID technology being implemented in tracking instruments and equipment. Tagging equipment can save valuable staff time in locating necessary equipment, which is tagged and tracked throughout the facility, in real time at the exact location where it is inventoried.

Security is key when it comes to restricting entry and exit points as well as restricted areas within a hospital. Controlled access security provides the audit trail information required for restricted access areas by tracking people as well as assets through zones within the facility.

RFID has multiple purposes in all aspects of healthcare operations from tracking patients to locating all kinds of equipment. Using RFID for asset and people tracking has an advantage over barcodes, as there is no line of sight requirement and assets can be identified and located in real time from a central location.