Hospital patient tracking systems | RFID and IoT technology
Dr. Evangelo Damigos; PhD | Head of Digital Futures Research Desk
- Connected Intelligence
- Sustainable Growth and Tech Trends
Publication | Update: Sep 2020
Patient tracking system are an effective way of managing healthcare centers, and optimizes the capacity of hospitals while boosting bed turnover. Currently, Radio frequency identification (RFID) patient tracking and IoT technology enable a smart hospital system, allowing control and analysis of patients’ status.
According to Adamo Digital, patient tracking software helps hospitals in quickly detecting the incidents by analyzing data about the patient’s movement, while sending alerts to physicians or nurses.
Hospital benefit of using patient tracking software
- Visit tracker: used for integration among healthcare providers. In which, patient data will be shared, and provide doctors the entire journeys of their patients for improving the diagnosis precision.
- Locating patients: with real-time location tracker, hospitals can locate their patients in case that they are away from their room
- Improving patient satisfaction: the physicians can access a database to follow-up appointments, and patients will be notified whenever they have a scheduled appointment with doctors.
- Effective medical record storing: Medical histories will automatically update in the database by the real-time tracking, and afford information transparency to doctors, surgeons, nurses, and more.
- Support managing of claims: Patient tracking systems provide evidence, which supports hospitals in deciding whether the claim is valid or not.
- Reducing waiting time for patients: patient tracking system optimizes the operation of healthcare centers.
IoT system architecture
An IoT monitoring system provides tools for gathering data, processing, and useful insight.
An IoT architecture for patient tracking system includes sensors, medical record tracking system, GPS, and GSM modules.
- Sensors are widely used in tracking temperatures, activities, vitals, location, and other defined indicators of patients.
- A medical record tracking system is responsible for processing and storing data collected from the sensors.
- GPS modules aim to track the specific location of patients on a real-time basis.
- GSM modules are used to send the alert to users, including patients, doctors, physicians.
IoT applications in the patient tracking system
There are several technology solutions that hospitals could consider.
1. RFID patient tracking
RFID tracking can quickly detect the exact location of patients as well as notify their upcoming schedule appointment. In modern healthcare devices, RFID can be found as a form of wristbands with identity code, which can be scanned to provides medical records, while it contains details of blood types, allergies, and more for instant access.
2. Smart clothes as new future of healthcare revolution
Smart clothes allow both tracking and monitoring users. Instead of only providing location, smart clothes also point out how the treatment performs.
3. Patient tracking mobile app
With IoT technologies, mobile apps can be a crucial part of the hospital managing system, providing connections between service providers and patients.
In conclusion, patient tracking software and RFID tracking give doctors a hand to better communicate with their patients, which contributes to improving the internal hospital process.
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