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.