An ActiveWave RFID system can be used to track patients,doctors and expensive equipment in hospitals in real time.RFID tags can be attached to the ID bracelets of all patients,or just patients requiring special attention,so their location can be tracked continuously.ActiveWave RFID technology can also provide an electronic link for wirelessly communicating patient data.An instant assessment of critical equipment and personnel locations is also possible through RFID technology.

Benefits of using ActiveWave RFID Systems:

  • Continuously track each patient's location
  • Track the location of doctors and nurses in the hospital
  • Track the location of expensive and critical instruments and equipment
  • Restrict access to drugs, pediatrics, and other high-threat areas to authorized staff
  • Monitor and track unauthorized persons who are loitering around high-threat areas
  • Facilitate triage processes by restricting access to authorized staff and "approved" patients during medical emergencies, epidemics, terrorist threats, and other times when demands could threaten the hospital's ability to effectively deliver services
  • Use the patient's RFID tag to access patient information for review and update through a hand-held computer


Patient Tracking

RFID is being used to track and authenticate patients,from new born babies to seniors suffering from dementia and everything in between.The technologies that are being used for patient tracking include almost all the RFID technologies. LF and HF are used for applications such as bedside care and mother and baby matching.UHF is being used to monitor patient movement and establish geo-fencing as required. Active technology is a more robust form of movement and motion tracking.


Monitoring the hand cleaning stations at touch points has been a way of improving compliance to hand washing protocols.Healthcare workers simply wear an RFID badge.Hand wash stations at every touch point are equipped with an RFID reader. Every time a hand wash station is used the reader records the user’s identify and length of stay in front of the reader.The accumulated data allows an organization to see how well hand washing protocol is being followed.

Medication Authentication and Control

Bedside care has leap frogged the use of barcodes and embraced RFID to ensure the right medication is given to the right patient.Nursing staff find RFID easier to work with than barcodes and realize the additional privacy that RFID brings to the process.For example,when the nurse is away from the computer on wheels (COW) administering medication to a patient the computer can be programmed to go into screen save mode thus maintaining patient information confidentiality.Bedside care RFID typically employs contact like HF technology. Nurses or meds administrators can be virtually tethered to a the COW using UHF technology.

Surgery Asset Management

The use of RFID is reducing the chance of overlooking things like sponges or other surgical kit components after an OR procedure.Many ORs are using LF technology to tag everything used in a surgery.Once the procedure has been completed the patient is scanned to make nothing has been left behind.

Wait Time Monitoring

RFID technology is being deployed to monitor patient wait times in real time. Reusable active technology let’s an ER see exactly the number of patients in the queue and length of wait time by patient.