RFID and EMR

Future Health IT blogged about RFID’s in Healthcare. Here’s a quote from his post:

RFID application is still as much an art as a science. Even when readers are suitably located, tag and antenna alignment is still a problem. In addition, even if RFID could be used to trigger alerts, say in the operating theatre, they would have to compete with ambient stimulae and the noise of anaesthetic equipment, staff coming and going, respirators etc.

I am convinced that radio technologies are important in the evolution and integration of healthcare IT; I am still to be convinced that RFID will be any more than one of many of them.

I like the idea of what an RFID could do for EMR’s, but I agree that the technology is new and still needs to be developed a few more years. Now if inventory could all be done with RFID’s I would do it now. Too bad RFID’s cost still restrict it to palet level inventory.

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

John manages Healthcare IT Central, the leading career Health IT job board. He also organizes the first of its kind conference and community focused on healthcare marketing, Healthcare and IT Marketing Conference, and a healthcare IT conference, EXPO.health, focused on practical healthcare IT innovation. John is an advisor to multiple healthcare IT companies. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can be found on Twitter: @techguy.

   

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