Utilizing nfc in hospitals

nfc in hospitals

Sector

Hospital services

Background

A private hospital that employs hundreds of doctors, nurses, and support staff has been experiencing inefficient equipment monitoring with the use of paper logs. Every time someone needed to take out specific medical equipment, that person had to sign it out manually.

Problem

Doctors depend on the availability of certain medical equipment for scheduled appointments and surgeries. Sometimes equipment was stored where least expected, taken out by someone else, or simply missing. This caused major delays for scheduled patient visits and operations. Paper logs created a lot of extra administrative work for support staff and decreased their productivity.

Solution

Support staff was given NFC-enabled smartphones and all equipment was marked with NFC-TAGs, with each TAG including information about the respective equipment. When these TAGs were swiped with NFC phones, the system registered the location of the equipment (through the scanned NFC-TAG with the room number data), how long it has been taken out, and who took out the equipment. If a piece of equipment went missing it was easily identifiable and trackable. All equipment information is now stored in the inViu server and support staff can easily access it through the internet. By using NFC in hospitals, the administration also utilized maintenance information which helped keep the equipment up to date.

Conclusion

All staff members at the hospital are now able to find the right equipment without delays and experienced an increase in equipment inventory accuracy. Now support staff spends less time with administrative paperwork and searching for equipment. This resulted in a decrease in labour cost as less administrative staff was required. Additionally, using nfc in hospitals decreased the required paperwork and reduced training costs.

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