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RFID system aids hospital in tracking assets

Brookfield, Wis. - The biggest fear for a doctor may be losing a patient, but a significant annoyance is missing equipment. In the hectic environment of a hospital, there are hundreds of supplies to keep track of and no way to watch every one - a process that often leaves doctors rooting around in the supply closet for an IV stand or jumping from room to room in the hunt for a defibr......

Full article >>> nto the scanner and the scanner lets them know how close they are to the object, locating signals up to 300 feet away.

"Think of it as the warm, hot, hotter method," Hermann said, likening the scanner interface to bars on a cellular telephone - the better the signal, the closer the object.

Since the Seeker system relies on active RFID tags as opposed to passive tags used in ware......

Full article >>> nd wireless networks are expensive, and it can be difficult to train a full hospital staff to use the technology. Additionally, hospital policy can get in the way if the technology doesn't fit into their existing setup.

"There are issues related to the technology in terms of reliability, upgrading is not really standard, and you may have some issues working with RFID," said Alfonso Gutier......

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