Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Home Health Agency in The Netherlands using RFID technology for point of care patient records

A home health care company in the Netherlands called ALLEVO is using Radio Frequency Identification tags to speed up patient record keeping. These are the same tags Wal-Mart uses to track packages in shipping.

Every client is provided with a contact free chip card when they become Allévo clients. At each visit, the nurse touches the chip card using a Nokia 3220 phone with RFID reader to register their visit, thus eliminating the time needed to fill in forms. In addition, the nurse has secure access to the most up-to-date information on the client allowing them to focus on delivering care.

What new applications of technology do see being used in home care? Add your comments below.

1 comment:

  1. Horizon Home Health & Hospice in Meridian, Idaho uses the Honeywell HomMed Monitors. The monitors take our clients vitals everyday at a predetermined time and then the results are transmitted to our office. Our nurse reviews the results daily and if the vitals are out of range our nurse calls the client or the client's Doctor. This helps the client take an active role in their healthcare. This also helps us keep them out of the hospital by identifying potential problems.