U.K.'s Newcastle NHS Trust Adopts RFID to Help Track Patient Records

by Claire Swedberg (published on rfidjournal.com - 10th June 2015)

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, in Northeastern England, is employing a combination of radio frequency identification and bar-coding technologies to manage hundreds of thousands of patient files. The Intelligent File and Inventory Tracking (iFIT) solution, provided by 6PM Group, includes passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID tags affixed to files, fixed and handheld readers, and bar-coded labels attached to shelves in the hospital libraries. The iFIT solution, 6PM reports, improves overall staff efficiency and reduces the risk of losing a file entirely, while helping to improve safety by ensuring that the necessary paperwork can be located quickly in the event of a patient emergency.

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