Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Oncology Clinic Gains Efficiency, Safety With RFID

From RFID Jornal Online
July 27, 2011
By Claire Swedberg

The UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center is using ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID tags to track the movements of patients and staff members into and out of waiting and examination rooms, as well as through therapy, to ensure that no one waits excessively, and proper equipment is used.  Read more.

Comment:  This is use of geospatial technologies on a micro-scale.  Indeed, several companies like GE are now promoting similar approaches for tracking the location of all items in a hospital.   However, when blended with triage tagging, the real importance of this approach emerges - it would be a highly effective way to manage a mass casualty event.  Unfortunately, acceptance of this approach has been limited, with only a handful of disconnected deployments of the technology.  Go here for a background piece about efforts in Anaheim, CA, and here for a research piece published in Japan.

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