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RFID can be a matter of life and death in the medical world

Madison, Wis. - Radio frequency identification technology is often touted as a way to improve supply chain management. But in the health care world, the technology is bringing other, perhaps more important benefits: safety and security.

"Everybody wants to focus on the supply chain now, and there are tremendous applications in health care a lot of app......

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Jun Davantes, director of product development at the Brookfield-based supplier RF Technologies, said a trend that has helped support RFID is the move by hospitals to adopt a wireless infrastructure. When a hospital creates such a network, it means that suppliers have something to build on and watch out for. It also provides them with an experienced......

Full article >>> A lot of hospitals have invested heavily in their bar code readers and those would have to be replaced."

Keeping an eye on old and young

Although it is far from becoming an industry standard, RFID has seen its share of success in individual hospitals to provide security. Companies like RF Technologies have customized RFID to develop tracking systems, using armbands to moni......

Full article >>> e no one accounted for them," said Patti Harris, vice president of sales and marketing for RF Technologies.

Both types of systems successfully have been used in hospitals across the country, such as the Cleveland Clinic and at Milwaukee's Columbia St. Mary's. A beta test of Safe Place conducted at Tommy Thompson to get RFID implant
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