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BMC hospitals get RFID Smart!

Thursday, January 12, 2017
By Steffy Thevar

Doctors can now direct patients directly to the equipment needed for treatment at any of the RFID equipped hospitals on the BMC roster, saving time, money and increasing efficiency of our medical services

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now tag and map each and every medical equipment in the civic hospitals. The process will use RFID technology, Radio-Frequency Identification technology which uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to the objects. These machines will be used by doctors, patients and officials to known which equipment is placed in which hospital.

This decision will save a lot of time and give accurate information as to which machine is placed in which hospital so that the patient can directly go to that particular hospital, clinic or maternity wards.

There are many Bio-medical tests conducted in BMC hospitals through various machines like Doppler machines, ECG, ECT, Hemodialyser, EEG, Ultra-sound machines, X-Ray machines, CT Scan, MRI, Anesthesia machines and many more 50 types of such machines are used for these tests. These RFID tags will be installed in fifteen thousand machines used for Bio-Medical testing, in hospitals all across the city. This method is even more advanced than the bar code method as the reader can be placed far away and it can still locate the machine.

All this information will be stored in one centralised system from where the doctor will inform the patients about his need and send him to the concerned hospital. The patient can be given the option of the hospitals which have the machinery that he requires.  Earlier the doctors would guess and send the patients to different hospitals expecting that the machine will be present in that hospital. However this was not a reliable method and many a times it wasted the patients time.

Tenders process for RFID tagging and mapping is on its last stage and will be implemented soon.

What does it mean??
RFID chips can be as small as rice grains and can be tracked from hundreds of meters away. The machines will be mapped and within no time the information will be delivered to the concerned person. The memory storage capacity of the RFID technique is about 64 bytes for each chip. The information in each chip will include the name of the machine, hospital, concerned department, manufacturer, model, date of purchase, cost, guarantee period, preservation, etc. This chip will be in a sticker form and will be pasted on the equipment. The information in the chip can be modified as needed in future.

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