White Paper: Medical

Building a Smarter Hospital: Why Hospitals are Rapidly Adopting RFID-enabled Medical Cabinets


Pressures on the global healthcare system are more profound than ever. Mandates are enforcing stricter budgets even though demand is increasing, driving healthcare facilities to seek out any source of potential improvement that will reduce costs, save time, and improve patient safety. One potential source of improvement is the adoption of new technologies, especially in automation and traceability, such as barcode scanners, machine vision, and radio frequency identification (RFID).

RFID has established itself as a key player in achieving this task by enabling hospitals to wirelessly track both items and people. From surgical instrument to blood samples, RFID is being used to create a network of smart devices throughout these “Smart Hospitals”. RFID-enabled technologies allow for consumable tracking, patient and staff identificationi, medication tracking for error prevention and anti-counterfeitingii, and asset/device trackingiii. These solutions ultimately improve patient care, optimize workflow, reduce operating costs, avoid error, and reduce costly thefts. For Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), being able to offer customers “smart products” is crucial to success, and in some cases it even lends to the protection of consumable revenue streams.

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