Doctors and hospitals are adopting high levels of automation in the treatment process. This is not restricted to the equipment they use to diagnose a patient or to carry out procedures, but also to track patients and their treatment. Healthcare systems are a very important part of the economy of any country and for the public health. RFID technology implements a smart patient management, monitoring and tracking process that can be used in hospitals to automate and organize their information management.
Patients are made to wear RFID Wristband tags which are stored with information regarding their diagnosis, medical history and treatment process. These RFID tags consist of unique identification numbers for each patient which will identify her/him in the health information system. As the patient moves through different steps in his treatment process, these tags become a medium to automatically identify the patient and retrieve information regarding treatment, medication cycle and also update records as and when the treatment progresses; it is saved in a database for further analysis. This patient data can also be communicated electronically when required so that special attention can be given and information can be stored and maintained. This technology provides a cost-effective means of increasing reliability, privacy and security in the management of healthcare records.
Automated tracking of treatment helps in avoiding delays, errors, and miscommunication between medical staff. This ensures quick and proper treatment of patients and also makes better use of hospital resources. There is high return on investment as patients turnaround time reduces and safety risks are also significantly reduced.
Patient Tracking through RFID provides following benefits:
-Better tracking of the treatment process
-Enhancing internal schedules
-Accumulated RFID data can help a healthcare organization in predicting patient flow.
-The system increases patient safety by reducing human error and so improves the efficiency of the service
-Analysing the data about a patient’s movements can help hospital for deeper insights.