RFID Throughout the World
The RFID lab at the King Fahd University is spreading the adoption of RFID technology in Saudi Arabia, particularly in the healthcare sector. By studying patient tracking and medication dispensing, the lab at King Fahd University has developed a system to outfit individuals with RFID-based wristbands in order to improve the level of care given in hospitals.
The lab’s researches were able to design a system to immediately identify patients when they enter the facility’s emergency room by using readers that interrogate the unique numbers on their RFID bracelets. From there, the patient’s medical information would be able to be accessed through the database, and then linked to the unique ID number saved on the RFID wristband, providing doctors and nurses with faster, more accurate information. Ultimately, the lab hopes for robots to be utilized in order to lead patients to their proper treatment rooms.
Researchers at the University also worked on a prototype system in which the same RFID wristband could also be used to give patients access to locket pill cases. Each reader would be connected to a microcontroller that regulates which medication is to be dispensed and when. In addition, status reports could be made about patients and displayed on an LCD screen for the nurse or caregiver to review.
Although RFID still isn’t a fully adopted technology the researchers at King Fahed University seem to be making strides toward utilizing the technology to their full advantage.