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Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2011 Dec;104(3):435-42. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2010.08.017. Epub 2010 Oct 6.

RFID-initiated workflow control to facilitate patient safety and utilization efficiency in operation theater.

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Information Technology Department, Cathay General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To control the workflow for surgical patients, we in-cooperate radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to develop a Patient Advancement Monitoring System (PAMS) in operation theater.

METHODS:

The web-based PAMS is designed to monitor the whole workflow for the handling of surgical patients. The system integrates multiple data entry ports Across the multi-functional surgical teams. Data are entered into the system through RFID, bar code, palm digital assistance (PDA), ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC), or traditional keyboard at designated checkpoints. Active radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag can initiate data demonstration on the computer screens upon a patient's arrival at any particular checkpoint along the advancement pathway.

RESULTS:

The PAMS can manage the progress of operations, patient localization, identity verification, and peri-operative care. The workflow monitoring provides caregivers' instant information sharing to enhance management efficiency.

CONCLUSION:

RFID-initiate surgical workflow control is valuable to meet the safety, quality, efficiency requirements in operation theater.

PMID:
20926155
DOI:
10.1016/j.cmpb.2010.08.017
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