Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is redefining accuracy and visibility in a wide variety of sectors. Retail, manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and defense to name a few, but there may be no more vital area to benefit from the unique advantages of RFID than in the healthcare sector.
Greater accuracy and visibility means speed and fewer mistakes, in healthcare that means better safety for patients. Be it through tracking medicines, medical equipment, samples and even patients, hospitals and other healthcare facilities are using RFID to improve their service, and that means speeding recovery times and saving lives.
RFID tags make it easier for medical equipment to be tracked and traced, enabling hospital employees to easily locate equipment when it is required urgently, thereby enhancing the safety of patients. The technology can also be used for inventory and minimizing misplaced equipment. The automatic data entry in RFID technology can help to eliminate any medical mistakes, as hospital laboratories can use it to track tissue or fluid samples.
The reason why healthcare costs are so high is hospitals keep buying things they already have and waste money. The hospitals were so focused on the priority of saving lives that they become slow to adopt technologies that saves money, namely RFID. This situation has changed significantly in the subsequent years however.
The rapid growth has mainly been credited to major factors such as growing utilization in patient and the product tracking. Furthermore, improving efficiency of inventory accuracy and the healthcare supply chain is expected to result in a further increase in adoption level of RFID in healthcare during the same period.
This growth is just the beginning, beyond the low hanging fruit of supply chain and inventory management there is a whole host of potentially beneficial RFID applications in healthcare. High-tech equipment dependent medical specialties such as radiology are now discovering the advantages of RFID for better maintenance scheduling, reducing equipment downtime and the chance of unexpected failure.