How To Choose The Right RFID System: A Step-By-Step Guide For Providers Of Health Care
Hospital executives can save hundreds of hours of research time with this guide, which explains the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of RFID technology for different applications and how to determine which one will meet your needs.The guide retails for $299 on the RFID Journal web site, but you can add it to your RFID in Health Care registrations for just $99.
About the How-To Guide
Radio frequency identification is a broad term covering any system that can identify objects remotely using radio waves. RFID technologies are used for a wide array of applications in hospitals and clinicsfrom tracking large assets, such as gurneys and wheelchairs, to tracking inventories of medical devices, such as stents, and identifying lab samples. Different applications have vastly different performance requirements. A large,multi-floor hospital, for instance, might need to identify a piece of medical equipment from 1,000 feet (300 meters) or more away, and locate it to within a 10-foot (3-meter) radius, while a medical researcher might need to identify the slot of a specific test tube only a few inches square in size.
RFID Journal's editors created this special report to help health-care providers choose the RFID technology that can best meet their needs in both the short and long term. It is designed to walk decision-makers through the process of determining their needs, and then matching those requirements to the proper RFID system. This document provides detailed information regarding the performance characteristics, standards, strengths, weaknesses and common applications for each type of passive, active and battery-assisted RFID system. Because health-care providers are primarily interested in locating assets in real time, we have provided detailed information about the real-time location systems (RTLSs) offered for the health-care sector, including a breakdown of the different features of solutions on the market.
No report can conclusively determine the right RFID system for a particular organization's needs, but this guide will help those charged with selecting a system narrow the options. Our goal is to reduce the time hospitals spend researching the appropriate system, and to provide the information they need to choose a systems integrator and, perhaps, hardware and software providers (a good systems integrator will help with the technology-selection process).
Table of Contents
Part 1: What Is RFID?
The Major Types of RFID Systems
1. Determine whether you want to deploy RFID as a point solution to solve one
Part 3: The Different Types of Passive RFID Systems
Passive Real-Time Locating Systems
Part 4: The Different Types of Active RFID Systems
Active Real-Time Locating Systems
Part 6: Hybrid RFID Systems
Part 7: RFID Sensor Networks
Part 8: Alternatives to RFID
Table 1:Product Features in the Major Real-Time Location Systems for Health Care
Graph 1: Read Distance and Location Accuracy of the Major Types of RFID Systems
This ultimate guide will help ensure that you choose the most suitable system for your applicaiton at the lowest cost. Add the guide to your registration when you check out.