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  1. RFID in Healthcare:A Physician’s View Michael Meistrell, MD IEEE RFID World March 27, 2007

  2. Potential for RFID is Huge • Secure, Confidential, Accurate • Consistent, reliable patient identification • ID for Medication, dosage • Match intended procedure to patient • Many ICU applications • Aid transition from hospital to outpatient • Medical record ID • Enhance patient workflow • …and many, many more

  3. Improved Security and Confidentiality • Compare with written documentation • Passive devices probably best • Encryption mandatory • Don’t confuse database security with chip security issues • Place tight constraints on the READER

  4. Hospital ErrorsAn Enormous Problem • 37 Million admissions per year in US • 15 Million “Adverse Events” annually • 40,000 per day! • About 10 per hospital per day • No patient is immune – We’re all at risk • Cause: Flawed (Systemic) processes

  5. Focus on Patient Workflow • 50% of errors are due to communication failures • Written or verbal • Interruptions in flow account for the most serious errors • RFID potential drastic reduction of the effects of unexpected changes

  6. HEALTHCARE NEEDS: • Systems expertise (IEEE) • Elimination of many manual steps and processes • Expanded use of technology • Computerized alert algorithms • Very tight security—beyond passwords • Invasive real-time diagnostic testing • RFID applicable in almost every step of every care process

  7. Contacts & Information www.IHI.org meistrell@ahmsystems.net