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
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
For information on PDC RFID technology, its critical
role in healthcare, and PDC's market-leading RFID
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1 Institute of Medicine.
To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System.
Washington D.C.: National Academy Press; 1999.