How Is RFID Being Used With Electronic Medical Records?

electronic-medical-records-RFID-blogAround the world, there is a push to convert the billions of pages of paper records associated with patients to electronic documents that can easily be searched electronically. Passive RFID technology is a good option for tracking physical documents, so it could also be viable for tracking older records not worth converting to images. RFID is also being used to track boxes of paper records that have been scanned, in case the original is ever needed.

TCG, a company in Brazil, has converted more than 10 million paper documents to searchable digital images, associating each document with a box that has an RFID tag on it. If the paper original is ever needed, it can easily be found.

Central Oregon Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), LLC, a clinic in Ore., has deployed an RFID solution in order to save time. RFID tags in ID badges are verified upon entering a room and coming within range of a reader, thereby triggering a computer to permit employees access to EMR files, with the EMR software application or just the file shutting down again as they leave.

The Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain (BMJ) Heart Center in India, is using passive UHF RFID tags to help maintain patient records, monitor patient flow and care, and track assets throughout the hospital’s outpatient department.

These are just some of the many ways in which RFID is helping to provide secure access to electronic medical records.