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Positive Patient Identification using RFID and Wireless  Networks
Digital Enterprise Research Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland.
Department of Medical Physics, University College Hospital Galway, Galway, Ireland .
KTH, School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Communication Systems, CoS, Radio Systems Laboratory (RS Lab). (CCSlab)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6066-746X
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the HISI 11th Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The increased focus on patient safety in hospitals has yielded a flood of new technologies and tools seeking to improve the quality of patient care at the point-of-care. Hospitals are complex institutions by nature, and are constantly challenged to improve the quality of healthcare delivered to patients while trying to reduce the rate of medical errors and improve patient safety. Here a simple mistake such as patient misidentification, specimen misidentification, wrong medication, or wrong blood transfusion can cause the loss of a patient's life. The focus of this paper is the implementation and evaluation of a handheld-based patient identification system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) and 802.11b wireless networks to identify patients. In this approach, each patient is given a RFID wristband which contains demographic information (patient ID number, patient summary, hospital code) of the patient. A handheld device equipped with 802.11b wireless connectivity and a RFID reader is then used by the medical staff to read the patient's wristband and identify the patient. This work was carried out at the Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at the University College Hospital Galway, Ireland and in co-operation with the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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Dublin, Ireland, 2006.
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positive patient identification, patient misidentification, radio frequency identification, wireless patient identification
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Communication Systems Other Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158219OAI: diva2:775551
Health Informatics Society of Ireland (HISI) 11th Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium

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Available from: 2015-01-03 Created: 2015-01-03 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved

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