Healthcare facility managers are constantly on the lookout for technology applications that will enhance efficiency, cost-effectiveness and safety. As facilities continue to struggle with rising waves of COVID-19 cases, one existing technology offers benefits to facilities and operations that are worth considering.
Hospitals can take advantage of RFID-enabled technology to better manage patient and employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to HealthTech. RFID tools, which use wireless communication to identify and track assets and equipment, have seen strong adoption in healthcare in recent years. They’ve been used to keep tabs on people, and now, as the public health emergency continues, RFID is driving efficiency and accountability for care teams.
Consider the potential benefits for managing protective apparel. Scrubs, distributed via machines and cabinets, can be tagged with RFID trackers to help organizations manage inventory, which can save money and improve safety. When COVID-19 began, some clinical workers hoarded scrubs, resulting in shortages. Because distribution machines automatically dispense scrubs, staff aren’t rifling through the stock to find their correct sizes. The machines also require users to return an equal amount of scrubs to receive new ones in return, thus avoiding low stock.
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