While hospitals are supposed to be safe, organized environments, they can become chaotic in times of emergency. Mobile hospital technology has become a great asset in these situations, and for good reason. Mobile medical tablets can assist doctors and hospital staff every step of the way, increasing organization and safety. Here are a few ways that medical tablets can solve common issues in the workplace using RFID technology.
The loss of equipment can set any hospital back. While simple tools like lead markers are just as easy to replace as they are to misplace, the cost of restocking small goods can quickly drag a hospital down. By marking equipment with RFID tags and equipping employees with rugged tablets, assets can be tracked and managed to avoid theft or misplacement. RFID tracking can also improve inventory management, making it easier to know when to restock.
It sounds strange, but equipment is not the only thing that needs tracking. Since the 1960s, over a hundred infants have been misplaced or stolen. It sounds like a nightmare, but it’s an easily-preventable reality. RFID tag bracelets can help track young, elderly, or mentally unwell patients in the event of an emergency, and the bracelets can be easily removed upon discharge.
Better Data Security
While RFID technology is ideal for tracking, inventory, and other management uses, they also improve data security. Patient and hospital data needs to be protected, and many hospitals are locking down their information with various authentications. SSO is the standard, and a certified device can protect a hospital from data loss, theft, and potential lawsuits.
RFID technology can safeguard information even further, adding another layer of protection. Even in the event of a tablet theft, the thief would be unable to access the information without the necessary RFID card. Patients, staff, and the hospital itself is then safe.
Equipment Status with RFID
The location of equipment is not the only thing that can be tracked via RFID. The status of equipment can be managed as well, making it easier for nurses and doctors to identify unsterilized tools. Improper sterilization is one of the major causes of infection, and RFID can be used to avoid these mistakes.
Even sheets and other linens can be tracked. Once an asset is equipped with an RFID tag, they can be scanned for a report on their sterilization status. With lowered infection rates, patients become safer, healthier, and easier to treat.
RFID equipped tablet tech is the ideal way to manage hospital inventories, information, and equipment to prevent loss, enhance patient care, and safeguard data.