The Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility has established a Healthcare Initiative to examine RFID use in medical practice.
Published reports have indicated that RFID can interfere with the normal operation of both wearable/implantable medical devices, such as cardio-defibrillators, and medical equipment such as infusion pumps. The HCI, together with MET Laboratories to determine such effects, and research technology, such as thin RFID tags that can be applied as easily as an adhesive bandage, and remote monitoring devices that allow patients to get out of bed and walk around, reports an AIM news article.
The HCI group aims to develop a test protocol, for any equipment research to follow, ensuring RFID technology does no harm in a medical setting.
Documents and links
RFID: A Health(care)-conscious Technology
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