Creator of Knowledge
Information Resources Management Association
Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Implementing RFID Technology in Hospital Environments

Implementing RFID Technology in Hospital Environments
View Sample PDF
Author(s): Marlyn Kemper Littman (Nova Southeastern University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Pages: 8
Source title: Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Judith Symonds (AUT University, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-960-1.ch049


View Implementing RFID Technology in Hospital Environments on the publisher's website for pricing and purchasing information.


A promising approach for facilitating cost containment and reducing the need for complex manual processes in the healthcare space, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology enables data transport via radio waves to support the automatic detection, monitoring, and electronic tracking of objects ranging from physicians, nurses, patients, and clinical staff to walkers, wheelchairs, syringes, heart valves, laboratory samples, stents, intravenous pumps, catheters, test tubes, and surgical instruments (Karthikeyan & Nesterenko, 2005). RFID implementations streamline hospital applications and work in concert with WLANs (wireless local area networks) and mobile devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). RFID technology also safeguards the integrity of the drug supply by automatically tracing the movement of medications from the manufacturer to the hospital patient. This article begins with a discussion of RFID development and RFID technical fundamentals. In the sections that follow, the work of standards organizations in the RFID space is introduced, and capabilities of RFID solutions in reducing costs and improving the quality of healthcare are described. Descriptions of RFID initiatives and security and privacy challenges associated with RFID initiatives are explored. Finally, trends in the use of RFID-augmented wireless sensor networks (WSNs) in the healthcare sector are introduced.

Related Content

Bin Guo, Yunji Liang, Zhu Wang, Zhiwen Yu, Daqing Zhang, Xingshe Zhou. © 2014. 20 pages.
Yunji Liang, Xingshe Zhou, Bin Guo, Zhiwen Yu. © 2014. 31 pages.
Igor Bisio, Alessandro Delfino, Fabio Lavagetto, Mario Marchese. © 2014. 33 pages.
Kobkaew Opasjumruskit, Jesús Expósito, Birgitta König-Ries, Andreas Nauerz, Martin Welsch. © 2014. 22 pages.
Viktoriya Degeler, Alexander Lazovik. © 2014. 23 pages.
Vlasios Kasapakis, Damianos Gavalas. © 2014. 26 pages.
Zhu Wang, Xingshe Zhou, Daqing Zhang, Bin Guo, Zhiwen Yu. © 2014. 18 pages.
Body Bottom