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Why RFID is Critical

Why hospitals need to be on board with RFID

The importance of positive patient identification (PPI) in reducing medical errors harshly hits home when considering between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die in the United States each year from medically related errors. The leading cause of death due to medical errors is caused by patient misidentification, and specimen or medication misidentification,1 which results in billions of dollars in national costs per year.

PDC RFID Solutions help to ensure that the "Five Rights of Medication Safety" are achieved: Right Patient, Right Drug, Right Dose, Right Route, and Right Time. They also comply with the standards and regulations of top healthcare regulatory groups for tamperproof, non-transferable, positive patient ID. These include:

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which calls for uniform standards of data exchange and the protection and confidentiality of patient information.

  • The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for positive patient identification.

  • The American Hospital Association (AHA) guidelines, calling for a tamperproof non-transferable wristband that minimizes the risk of lost or transferred data.

For information on PDC RFID technology, its critical role in healthcare, and PDC's market-leading RFID products, please view the multiple web pages in this section.

For additional information or product samples, please call PDC Customer Care at 800.847.0670 or 818.897.1111 (x. 1320) (6:30am - 4:30pm Pacific Time). Or inquire online at Contact PDC.

1 Institute of Medicine. To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press; 1999.




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