RFID analytics for hospital ward management

  • Cheng C
  • Kuo Y
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Abstract

In this paper, we present an RFID-enabled platform for hospital ward
management. Active RFID tags are attached to individuals and assets in
the wards. Active RFID readers communicate with the tags continuously
and automatically to keep track of the real-time information about the
locations of the tagged objects. The data regarding the locations and
other transmitted information are stored in the ward management system.
This platform enables capabilities of real-time monitoring and tracking
of individuals and assets, reporting of ward statistics, and providing
intelligence and analytics for hospital ward management. All of these
capabilities benefit hospital ward management by enhanced patient
safety, increased operational efficiency and throughput, and mitigation
of risk of infectious disease widespread. A prototype developed based on
our proposed architecture of the platform was tested in a pilot study,
which was conducted in two medical wards of the intensive care unit of
one of the largest public general hospitals in Hong Kong. This pilot
study demonstrates the feasibility of the implementation of this
RFID-enabled platform for practical use in hospital wards. Furthermore,
the data collected from the pilot study are used to provide data
analytics for hospital ward management.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Big data analytics
  • Healthcare management
  • Hospital ward management
  • Infectious disease risk mitigation
  • Real-time tracking and monitoring
  • Traceability

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