Avoiding the Pitfalls of Hospital RFID Implementation

With its care- and cost-management potential, RFID is a powerful tool for hospitals. But without the advice of experts, hospital managers can end up using RFID tags to scrape egg off their faces. Insufficient wifi capacity, overly-complex user interface, disruption of patient care routines…the pitfalls are many. Interviewed in MedCityNews.com, Yedidia Blonder outlines the seven most important planning steps hospital managers should take for successful RFID implementation. The do’s and don’ts include:

  • DO assess the types and numbers of tags you’ll be using in any given area, to avoid interference by competing tags.
  • DON’T get an RFID system that has a complicated user interface; healthcare personnel shouldn’t have to be IT experts.
  • DO check to make sure the system you’re considering can handle the localization you require; do you need it to distinguish between different rooms, or just different floors?
  • DON’T expect nurses to program RFID tags; tags should be pre-programmed with default settings.

And the most critical “DO” of all: Consult with an expert vendor to get the most out of your RFID investment.


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