The use of RFID in healthcare: Benefits and barriers

Wen Yao, Chao Hsien Chu, Zang Li

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Abstract

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology not only offers tracking capability to locate equipment and people in real time, but also provides efficient and accurate access to medical data for doctors and other health professionals. However, the reality of RFID adoption is far behind earlier expectation. This study reviews the literature on RFID applications in healthcare based on a formal research framework. We aim to identify current opportunities, potential benefits and adoption barriers. Our study shows that most care providers indicated that RFID to be functional and useful in asset tracking and patient identification. Major barriers to RFID adoption in healthcare include prohibitive costs, technological limitations, and privacy concerns. Although RFID offers healthcare practitioners advantages to enhance clinical practice, better designed RFID systems are needed to increase acceptance and proper use of RFID in healthcare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID-Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2010
Pages128-134
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2010
Event2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID-Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2010 - Guangzhou, China
Duration: Jun 17 2010Jun 19 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID-Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2010

Other

Other2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID-Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2010
CountryChina
CityGuangzhou
Period6/17/106/19/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Yao, W., Chu, C. H., & Li, Z. (2010). The use of RFID in healthcare: Benefits and barriers. In Proceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID-Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2010 (pp. 128-134). [5529874] (Proceedings of 2010 IEEE International Conference on RFID-Technology and Applications, RFID-TA 2010). https://doi.org/10.1109/RFID-TA.2010.5529874