The Applications of RFID Technology in Healthcare

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that uses radio waves for identifying a tagged object. The radio frequency identification works using a small electronic device, typically a microchip that has information stored on it. These devices are normally quite small, sometimes even the size of a grain of rice, and have the capability to hold large amounts of data. Due to RFID tags’ flexibility and small size, a vast number of applications already use RFID-based technology in the health care industries.

Here’s 3 applications of RFID Technology in Healthcare:

1, Disposable RFID Wristband for Patient ID

Printable disposable bracelets are widely used in the hospital in the past. Patients’ information is printed or wrote on the wristbands. And medical staff can check whether there is an error by scanning the barcode when checking and infusion.

However, barcode must be scanned one by one which has a certain impact on medical efficiency. It takes more time to check the information on the wristbands visually, and easily causes mistakes due to carelessness or similar information.

With the continuous advancement of medical reform in recent years and the continuous improvement of people’s health awareness, higher and higher requirements for medical efficiency and quality of medical services are required. Hospitals are gradually adopting more efficient, accurate and humanized Medical management to improve the medical services and relationship between doctors and patients.

Compared with traditional medical band, RFID wristband has below advantages:

  1. It is unchangeable once information wrote on the patient ID wristband. While information is rewritable in RFID bracelet. It is very easy to update the encoding, or lock it permanently based on your request.
  2. Traditional hospital bracelets’surface are easily scratched or damaged which causes information unreadable. And data stores in the RFID transponder, surface damage won’t affect RFID bracelet’s usage.
  3. Information stored in RFID wristband can be encrypted withprotects patients’ privacy and hospital information security. Patient ID band can’t realize this function.
  4. Printable disposable bands has to be scanned one by one, and it is unable to move recognition. RFID UHF bracelets can be read from long distance, and group reading which can realize regional positioning management of patients.

HUAYUAN is able to offer multiple RFID Bracelets for Hospital usage:

2, RFID Technology Embedded in Medical Fabric

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, whether the supplies of doctors, nurses and patients can ensure the effective completion of each link in the washing and disinfection process. In the past, smudgy fabric in the process of manual collection and sorting, it will spread the potential flying dust or aerosol with infectious bacteria, which not only causes air pollution to the environment of public places in hospitals, but increases the risk of cross-infection among fabric collectors. RFID technology plays an important role in medical textile management.

Textile used many times in hospitals must be equipped with RFID tags to realize digitization. Soft laundry labels can be sewn into the corners of clothes and sheets and pillowcases without any impact on use or washing. In the process of disinfection, RFID technology is used to monitor whether the operation procedure is followed. In the disinfection equipment equipped with RFID, antenna of RFID can be installed to monitor whether the item is operated according to the rules and regulations. RFID technology is a fast, dynamic data acquisition device that connects data directly to hospital IT systems.

Many enterprises have already used RFID technology to control the sewage collection and washing process. It can avoid cross-infection from smudgy fabric to people, as well people to clean fabric caused by secondary pollution, realizing contactless sewage collection. From sorting, washing, disinfecting, drying, folding and packaging achieves the maximum degree of mechanical automation. Once scanning, less than a second, can know the medical fabric from which department, inpatient ward, category, and then the list will automatically be printed at the background.

  • After clothing collection, can avoid improper classification caused by cross-contamination of clothing according to UHF RFID rapid classification。
  • Clothes can withstand temperatures of 180 degrees during washing, and nearly 300 washes
  • The tag can be read for 300pcs clothes, we also have the relative RFID data collection device
  • Soft laundry labels can be sewn into the corners of clothes and sheets and pillowcases without any impact on use or washing
  • Washing and disinfection equipment, can monitor the time of the disinfection process and the corresponding equipment after assembling RFID device. It can be set for 1-5 minutes to monitor whether the disinfection process meets the minimum requirements
  • Please contact our sales team for the various management of label, we can provide you a flexible and reliable solution according to your request.

Advantage by using RFID technology:

  • Strengthen the control of sewage collection and washing process.
  • Realize contactless sewage collection and reduce the risk of cross infection.
  • Improve the efficiency and save labor cost.
  • Improve the accuracy from sorting,washing, disinfecting,drying,folding and packaging.

HUAYUAN’s RFID laundry tag is used in medical textile, like sheet, quilt, pillowcase, hospital dress,etc

3, RFID Technology for Hospital Equipment Management

Currently barcode technology is mostly used for Hospital equipment management, but Barcode cannot achieve real-time positioning and equipment tracking. Implement RFID technology can help hospital to achieve informationalized and refined asset management, thus to improve effective administration and hospital technical level.

RFID technology has many advantages compared with barcode, such as reliability, fast and group information collection, long reading distance, high efficiency and large data storage capacity etc..

After inspection to the new equipment, the hospital engineers encode information into RFID tags, such as equipment name, specifications, model, code, department, commissioning time and so on. And the RFID label attached in a place where is not easily touched.

Advantages of RFID technology implement in hospitals:

  • Reducing the tedious workload of the hospital equipment department.
  • Playing an inter-epoch significance for the full life cycle management of hospital equipment.
  • Promoting the modern management process of the hospital.

HUAYUAN special recommends for hospital equipment RFID tags:

For further information about Huayuan’s RFID in Healthcare. Please contact our sales team:

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