Elatec multi-frequency RFID readers for use in clinical environments

Articles | By Elatec | 30 July 2013
Elatec readers support almost every transponder technology. As multi frequency reader they allow future-proof installations. Elatec readers support almost every transponder technology. As multi frequency reader they allow future-proof installations. Photo: Elatec

Mix of technologies increases migration pressure

RFID systems are established in hospitals and clinics for instance to control the access. The use of readers which are capable of communicating at different frequencies and with multiple transponder technologies increases the patients' comfort during their inpatients stay, as different systems can be operated by a single transponder. Furthermore contactless means of identification provide support for the visit and documentation by the treating doctors and thus allow real cost reduction for health facilities.

RFID technology has been established in the fields of access control and payment systems in canteens and hospital bistros. Yet if the installed system is not consistent, this sometimes results in many different ecosystems. As a consequence device manufacturers need to work with different reader modules. „Especially in Europe there's a high migration pressure because the technological landscape is ragged“ says Stefan Haertel, Department Director RFID at Elatec. Readers which support multiple frequencies as well as almost every transmission standard and modulations ensure security for investments and provide added value and cost reduction at innovative applications.

Mr Haertel, there's a demand for access and authetication in clinical environments. Do reader migrations make sence there?

For different reasons many hospitals don't want that the patients carry a lot of cash with them. At the same time the patients are offered more and more ways to spend money, for instance for the television in the rooms, at cafeterias and vending machines. Increasingly patients at the clinic do not want to renounce Internet access. Therefore manufacturers now offer multi media terminals which are integrated into the mobile side tables on the beds. In this way patients can not only obtain emails and recieve the TV program, video-on - demand can be realized as well. Particularly with regard to hygiene this requires a non-contact card for identification and billing, because card reader for contact transfer are harder to clean. If the patient is logged in at his mobile side table, the treating doctor can identify during the visit with his card as well and documentation takes place directly at the patient's bedside. Such an application saves time and costs and creates real added value, as clinics are under enormous cost pressure on the one hand, and compete for patients with other houses on the other hand. Therefore, a higher initial investment can quickly pay off. The manufacturers of mobile side tables make a significant profit with the use of multi frequency readers in this case, as the carts meet different ecosystems in different hospitals.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:59
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