Radio Frequency Identification In Hospitals Poses Patient Risk

June 25, 2008

Researchers have come out and stated that the use of radio frequency identification technology in hospitals poses a risk to patients as it can cause medical equipment to malfunction..Boston (ChattahBox) – Researchers have come out and stated that the use of radio frequency identification technology in hospitals poses a risk to patients as it can cause medical equipment to malfunction.

Research was led by Erik Jan van Lieshout of the American Medical Center.

In total, they ran 123 tests, which resulted in 34 cases where medical equipment malfunctioned. 22 of the 34 cases could have led to direct harm of a patient.

This type of technology is used in security access cards, as well as in antitheft tags in retail stores. In hospitals, it is being used for patient safety to track medical equipment and more.

Research has been published in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.


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