Design and implementation of a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) system for healthcare applications

A. C. Polycarpou, G. Gregoriou, A. Dimitriou, A. Bletsas, I. N. Sahalos, L. Papaloizou, P. Polycarpou

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Abstract

This paper presents the use of RFID technology in the healthcare sector. A highly sophisticated RFID system, which also incorporates advanced Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), was carefully designed in order to be implemented as a pilot project at the premises of the Bank of Cyprus Oncology Center (BOCOC) in Cyprus. The RFID system will be used for automatic and error-free patient identification through the use of RFID wristbands and/or tagequipped plastic cards, for Real Time Location Service (RTLS) in order to locate medical equipment (e.g., infusion pumps, walkers, wheelchairs, etc.) in the premises of the hospital, and inventory control for the pharmacy. The RFID technology that is used in this pilot project is based on the UHF-band EPC C1 Generation 2 data exchange protocol. A Graphical User Interface for a medical tablet PC was developed which interfaces the RFID hardware (e.g., stationary and handheld readers, RFID printers, etc.) with the everyday routine tasks of the hospital's medical personnel. The application platform developed by the research team is extremely easy-to-use by doctors and nurses, powerful, effective, and superior to traditional paper-bound processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2010, MEDICON 2010
Pages897-900
Number of pages4
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event12th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2010 - Chalkidiki, Greece
Duration: 27 May 201030 May 2010

Other

Other12th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2010
CountryGreece
CityChalkidiki
Period27/05/1030/05/10

Keywords

  • asset localization
  • e-health
  • ICT applications
  • patient identification
  • RFID

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    Polycarpou, A. C., Gregoriou, G., Dimitriou, A., Bletsas, A., Sahalos, I. N., Papaloizou, L., & Polycarpou, P. (2010). Design and implementation of a Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) system for healthcare applications. In XII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2010, MEDICON 2010 (Vol. 29, pp. 897-900) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-13039-7_227