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RFID Technology in Healthcare Presenters: Lauren Gunn and Connor Zale
Purpose Radio frequency identification (RFID) is a technology that allows for the transfer of data using radio frequency electromagnetic fields. Data is then used to for identification, tracking and security of people, animals and objects. RFID has many similarities with barcoding but with the unique characteristics of read or read/write and read if wet or thru clothing. RFID can be useful in a clinical setting by enhancing patient identification, managing assets and equipment, securing newborns and reducing drug and blood administration errors. Concerns with RFID usage in medicine are primarily aimed towards privacy rights, negative affects on other medical instruments and prices associated with RFID usage.
RFID Technology Two parts- Tag (transponder) and a reader (scanner) Active or Passive Tags Active tags require a battery that lasts several years. Passive tags use reader emissions that power a response (Sub-dermal placement). Active- Longer range and more memory Passive- Short range and less memory
Advantages of RFID in Medicine Ability to identify patients easily. Unique illnesses and allergies can be linked to RFID technology. Locating essential hospital equipment with RFID. Applications in tracking and matching blood transfusions. Follow pharmaceutical orders and combat the distribution of counterfeit medical products.
Disadvantages of RFID Patient identity could be breached and patient information can be exposed. Some RFID tags have been observed to affect devices such as pacemakers and ventilators by electromagnetic interference (EMI). RFID use may impact the cost of medical care and drive premiums up. Some civil libertarians fear that RFID use may reduce the privacy of the individual.