RFID For Healthcare Asset Management
RFID in brief
RFID in asset management & tracking applications
Why use RFID tracking
What are the benefits of RFID tracking?
- Simplified asset management and tracking
Regular audits are essential to manage hospitals assets and also as part of financial compliance. They are also the only way a healthcare facility can know exactly what assets and how many of each they have. It is a time-consuming process to do this manually, which is where RFID technology comes into use.
RFID solutions simplify this process and enable staff to gather asset data in a fraction of the time it would take to manually find and count them. Hospital staff can simply walk into a room with an RFID reader and capture the required data.
- Streamlined preventative maintenance
The successful treatment of patients in a hospital greatly depends on how it utilizes and maintains its medical equipment and supplies. Hospital staff needs to track which devices need replacement, which ones need maintenance, which ones are not available, and so on. All of this is not possible if staff cannot locate a medical device among tens of thousands. Many of the medical equipment are mobile, which means that they may well be moved from one room to another several times a day.
RFID technology helps streamline the entire process and help locate the equipment. The same technology can be used to track the asset through the maintenance, repairs, and overhaul (MRO) process.
Other benefits of using RFID technology in the healthcare sector includes the following:
- Fully integrated with asset management databases.
- Enhanced patient safety with more maintenance inspection rates.
- Simplified inventory management.
- Improved asset utilization which results in a significant reduction in capital expenditure.
- Improved management of vendors and contractors.
Active vs. passive RFID for asset tracking
RFID for healthcare asset management