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RFID ID solution could save billions for healthcare industry

RFID technology has made great strides in healthcare. Now, a new RFID solution could play a big role in reducing misidentification errors that cost nearly $1.5 billion annually in the U.S. alone.

Smartrac and Cutaneous Information Technology (CIT) are unveiling the Patient Identification Shield, a RFID-enabled solution to better manage the patient ID experience, during this week’s Next Generation Patient Experience conference in Arizona. The NFC enabled Patient ID Shield is a special decal or skin worn technology which can be directly applied on the patient skin, and offers secure, durable and reliable identification in a healthcare setting.

Pricing has not been announced for the Patient ID Shield, which is expected to be commercially available during Q3 of 2017.

In conjunction with Smartrac’s Smart Cosmos associated applications, the Patient Identification Shield can integrate with existing data management and EMR systems to offer a fully customizable patient management system to enhance the safety and experience of the patient.

Hospital ID wristbands have long been known as a sub-optimal solution that comes along with considerable yet inevitable error rates. By leveraging RFID technology, bar codes and the Internet of Things, the new solution offers a superior alternative to traditional patient identification and a comprehensive patient safety and experience platform. It integrates with current data management and EMR systems, allowing a hospital to enhance the capabilities of existing software investment.

“CIT is committed to changing, even disrupting, the way healthcare organizations look at identification,” says Michael Gilvary, Chief Operating Officer and Partner at CIT. “Our collaboration with Smartrac has added an extremely high level of sophistication and experience in solution-oriented applications utilizing RFID technology, and in doing so has significantly expanded the capability and scope of the Patient Identification Shield. This partnership also demonstrates Smartrac’s commitment to the healthcare industry, and by utilizing our collective resources we are best positioned to meaningfully impact a patient’s safety and experience in a healthcare setting.”

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