RFID Applications: Healthcare and Life Sciences

Hospitals and health-care providers use RFID technology to:

  • Track patients and to ensure the right patient is given the proper care & Medication.
  • To track high value assets like wheelchairs, beds defibrillators etc
  • To reduce the data-entry workload of healthcare professionals, thus automating the process of billing.

These systems using RFID technology to reduce the time employees spend searching for assets, increase employee productivity, improve asset utilization and enhance the hospitals' ability to perform scheduled maintenance.

Bio-Pharma companies use RFID technology to track:

  • Prescription drugs
  • To provide anti-counterfeiting measures. 

They attach or embed RFID tags in packaging using RFID technology to track movement in the drug supply chain.  Some governing authorities require drug providers to ensure a pedigree for their pharmaceuticals.  A pedigree requires higher levels of security, better traceability and tracking for medicines. The tag contains electronic product codes with unique serial numbers and allows a pedigree to be created and associated with each individual item. The tag may have international RFID standards along with technology, digital signatures and/or dat. These features provide tracking and protection measures for the medication.

When the tagged product reaches its destination, readers may decrypt its data and verify its unique tag and ID number. By reading RFID tags and querying the distributed data network, a healthcare professional is be able to verify the product's authenticity, its chain of custody and its expiration date.