The awards from the association of Chief Information Officers of hospitals and medical technology companies, called “Chime Collaboration Competition”, have been given to New York’s Jacobi Medical Center and Siemens Business Services for implementation of a RFID patient identification system:
On being admitted to the New York Jacobi Medical Center, patients are fitted with a wristband with an RFID chip on which their unique patient number is stored. Medical staff can read this number using PDAs or tablet PCs with an RFID reader. This allows doctors and nursing staff to identify patients in a matter of seconds and to gain online access to a protected database with details of their medical history and the appropriate medication. Protection against unauthorized access to the patient data is ensured by cutting-edge encryption technology (PKI).
The solution leads to improved patient care and security by enabling them to be identified faster and more simply. Medication can be allocated more securely: the right patient gets the right medicine at the right time in the right dosage and in the right form. In addition, both the entry and the communication of patient data at the point of care are simpler, faster and more accurate.
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