The Impact of RFID Technology on Hospital Care

The evolution of medical science and technology over the year has enabled hospitals and other facilities to upgrade the level of care they offer significantly. There is still room for improvement and implementation of RFID technology across hospitals can be a major step in the right direction. By having the right approach to implementing radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, hospitals can improve their services, even in busy areas, such as the emergency room.

Not only does RFID technology helps the staff save time and effort on finding lost equipment, they are able to locate each other should the need arise. They are able to communicate with patients’ families in a better way as well. This means that the staff is able to focus on what is important, i.e. providing the best possible level of care to their patients, rather than handling the administrative and somewhat menial tasks around the facility. Again, the key to this lies in proper implementation of the technology.

The correct approach is to come up with a program for introducing RFID technology into your current infrastructure. The components of the program should include:

The Right People
You cannot just have doctors or technicians making the decisions regarding the technology to be implemented and used. Get people involved from different departments and disciplines—the decision is going to affect the entire facility—having a multidiscipline team helps. They can brainstorm and come up with ideas for effective use and also identify potential issues that may arise as a result of this decision.

The Right Purpose
The purpose of implementing technology into hospital workflow is to improve the level of care offered to patients. Hence, the target should be to remove any barriers that restrict people from accessing the care they need. For instance, the RFID technology can be used a means to locate anyone on the premises, be it a patient or a doctor, reducing the time it takes for patients to call for help.

This also means that facilities that are considering implementing the technology have to identify the potential barriers that exist in the first place. For instance, some hospitals face issues with their equipment being in use all the time, while others encounter lost equipment on a regular basis. All of these issues ultimately affect the patients and need to be addressed in order for the level of hospital care to be improved.

The Right Method
Last, but not the least, the integration of RFID technology into the current infrastructure of the hospital or facility should be seamless and smooth. Moreover, it shouldn’t disrupt the workflow, even for a short while, as that could lead to major delays and further issues with addressing the patients’ needs. Hospitals need to address the right way to incorporate technology into their current operation in order to ensure there is no hassle for the staff and the patients.

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