Five Myths about RFID and RTLS in the Healthcare Industry


RFID and RTLS are being widely deployed in multiple industries for asset tracking applications, within primary care facilities, research laboratories, manufacturing facilities, distribution centers, vehicle fleets, maintenance depots and elsewhere across the value chain.

Real-Time Asset Tracking projects vary based on the assets themselves, the environment in which they are tracked and the business processes and corporate functions they impact. These can RFID and RTLS applications for tracking assets as diverse as medical supplies, aircraft subassemblies, agricultural seeds, tissue samples, reusable transport items, controlled pharmaceuticals, industrial machinery, lab equipment and storage trailers.

In Healthcare, different kinds of organizations use asset tracking for different purposes. Hospitals and clinics may track medical equipment and consumables. EMS teams may need to pay extra attention to the location of small, highly mobile supplies and equipment stored on their trucks. Medical laboratories need to automate medical specimen tracking, while medical device and pharmaceutical firms have asset-tracking processes similar to other complex manufacturers.

This white paper debunks the leading myths about using RFID in the healthcare industry and will provide examples of how hospitals and other healthcare providers can successfully use the technology to improve their operations. The white paper will:

  • Address the most common myths about RFID use in the healthcare industry;
  • Provide an overview of the types of assets in the healthcare industry that can be tracked using RFID;
  • Outline the varying RFID and RTLS options that can be used for asset tracking in a hospital;
  • Provide examples of how RFID can be leveraged within healthcare operations to produce quantifiable business benefits beyond.