At a time when the demands on healthcare systems are increasing, while resources in many countries are coming under pressure, the need for efficiency becomes paramount. Yet managing the sheer scale of the modern hospital – between buildings, medical equipment, patients and staff - is a major challenge.
Time can be a priceless resource in a hospital. However, it can be wasted if doctors or nurses have to search for equipment, while also keeping track of their patients’ movements. With RFID tags from Linxens, transponders can instantly reveal the location of a piece of equipment, whether it is needed for urgent patient care or for routine maintenance. Service records can also be stored on the tags to ensure on-time servicing and calibration.
For patients, RFID wristbands provide the freedom to move around - whether for exercise or an appointment in a different department – without staff losing track of their whereabouts. Wristbands can also play a role in patient care, for example, by storing information about the medicines being prescribed for an individual – which can then be instantly matched with a bar code on the drug packaging. For doctors, wearing a wristband ensures that they can be quickly located by nursing staff if necessary, while the device also indicates when they are with a patient and therefore should not be disturbed.
Another area where Linxens can drive efficiencies is in hospital inventories, whether for pharmaceutical or general supplies. With Linxens RFID tags, removing the last batch of an item from its storage location can automatically trigger a replenishment order, while expiry dates of medicine can be more easily tracked to ensure patient safety. Similarly, the handling and processing of biological samples can also be carried out more reliably if Linxens RFID technology is used, rather than hand-written notes.
Linxens also has extensive expertise of smartcards, which can be used for a range of medical-related applications, including access control – whether for standard departmental entrances or for particularly sensitive areas – and health insurance cover. Designed for long-term reliability in often challenging environments, the Linxens portfolio also makes security a top priority. Patient information and other data is kept safe by Linxens’ unique combination of hardware and software, while ensuring that our solutions are easy to use.