RFID and The Future

Is RFID a technology for the future? The answer is up to the fact that how we are seeing the future. If this is what we imagine, then yes RFID is here to stay.

The following is an artificial scenario composed just to envision how RFID can be a part of the future.

A scene from Inthentic General Hospital. It is an unfortunate day for Mr. Bitters who is resting in a bed of the room 602 with a medicut stuck on his arm. He had a motorcycle accident last night. Dr. Pavil just walked into the room together with his intern – Mr. Scott and an experienced nurse – Miss Quinn.

In the first scene, what do we see that relates to RFID?

  1. Without having to be in the room, we can know instantly who are in the room right now. With an RFID ID card plus, an RFID patient wristband for Mr. Bitters.
  2. Without having to be in the room, we can tell instantly that there are 23 furniture. Mr. Bitters is in the bed 791, which is covered by the bed sheet 625, two pillows 426 and 339 and one blanket 159, which has been washed for 28 times.
  3. Without having to be in the room, we can know that the infusion pump 329 is being used. So is the sphygmomanometer 876, which was taken out of an inventory room at 9.37 AM.
  4. Without having to be in the room, we can check that Mr. Bitters is on the Blue patient suit 591, which is his third suit after he was admitted to hospital last night.

A process of treatment starts with Miss Quinn scans Mr. Bitters’ wristband to identify and confirm his identity. A tablet held by Miss Quinn retrieves and displays Mr. Bitters’ patient records.

“In general there is nothing to worry. You have no concussion. However, I want to scan your left angle just to make sure there is no damage in the bone and tendon.” – said Dr. Pavil.

“I will check and book an X-Ray room now.” – Miss Quinn uses her tablet to do the job.

“Done. In 15 minutes, there will be a staff taking you to the X-Ray room, sir” – said Miss Quinn.

Fifteen minutes later, Mr. Bitters is taken to the X-ray room by Mr. Tolley on time.

In the second scene, what do we see that relates to RFID?

  1. Without having to manually open a patient’s record, patient identification is done quickly and correctly using a wristband scan.
  2. Without having to walk to the X-Ray room, statuses of the rooms are available in hand in a real-time manner.
  3. Without having to follow him, we know instantly that Mr. Tolley just walked into the room 602 with the wheelchair 419. Destination? The X-Ray room, of course.

Switch back to Dr. Pavil’s room. A result of the X-Ray arrives. Unfortunately, …

“There is a small fracture at your left angle. I think you need to put in a soft splint so that your angle can recover quickly.” – said Dr. Pavil.

“Let me coordinate with the clinic.” – Miss Quinn eagerly does her job.

Mr. Bitters is lying in bed in the operative room 3. Next to the bed, there is a tray of medical supplies and devices required for his operation. Not for long, this procedure is done smoothly.

In the third scene, what do we see that relates to RFID?

  1. Behind the scene, without a lot of experience, Miss Jones, a new-grad nurse was able to prepare a tray full with required supplies and devices for Mr. Bitters’ case.
  2. Without manual notes, we know instantly what supplies and devices were withdrawn from the inventory room and for whom.
  3. Without manual notes, we can check instantly after the procedure what actually was used – how many cotton packs, how many gloves, and which crutches fit Mr. Bitters.

Just three scenes in the hospital we can see a better future being created by integrating RFID with other technologies. What is more excited is that not only hospitals can RFID be useful, if we think of schools, libraries, department stores, theaters, exhibitions, fashion shops, stadiums, offices, hotels, fun parks, gardens and farms.

Again, if we can imagine it, we can do it.

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