Hospital tags patients with RFID wristbands

A German hospital is to use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to help track patients and administer the correct...

A German hospital is to use radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to help track patients and administer the correct drug dosages.

The Klinikum Saarbrucken hospital in southern Germany is using an RFID system built and supported by Siemens Business Services in partnership with Intel and Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

The pilot project covers around 1,000 patients, each of whom wears a wristband with an integrated RFID chip containing their patient number.

The wristband data can be read by hospital staff using tablet PCs and PDAs from Fujitsu and running over a Wi-Fi network using Intel Centrino wireless connectivity.

The ID tag is designed to let authorised staff remotely access a secured database containing patient data, including drug dosages to be administered, via the wireless Lan.

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