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Potential Applications of RFID Technology in Medicine Paul Fontelo, Fang Liu, Michael Ackerman High Performance Computing ...
What is RFID? <ul><li>RFID = Radio-frequency identification   </li></ul><ul><li>identification  method using RFID tags or ...
RFID tags Sources: Chase, Verichip,  http://www.amal.net/rfid.html , E-Zpass, FasTrak, ASTAR, IME
RFID tags Active  Passive Inactive, needs proximity Simple label, printed special ink Heavier Read only 3 - 10 years Batte...
Early adoption Long history of use Reliability? May be duplicated Unique ID Security? Item level Pallet/case Practicality?...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Effect of Shielding
 
 
RFID Issues <ul><li>Security is the biggest concern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May be read by anyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Conclusion <ul><li>RFID is a tool with medical applications </li></ul><ul><li>Plus - no ‘line of sight’ requirement, conve...
Paul Fontelo, MD, MPH High Performance Computing and Communications National Library of Medicine [email_address] 301.435.3...
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Potential Applications of RFID Technology in Medicine

  1. 1. Potential Applications of RFID Technology in Medicine Paul Fontelo, Fang Liu, Michael Ackerman High Performance Computing and Communications National Library of Medicine Bethesda, Maryland 20894
  2. 2. What is RFID? <ul><li>RFID = Radio-frequency identification </li></ul><ul><li>identification method using RFID tags or transponders </li></ul><ul><li>RFID tag contains data read remotely </li></ul><ul><li>device attached or incorporated on a product, animal, or person </li></ul><ul><li>Tags read using radio waves (‘swipe’ ‘no touch’ vs ‘touch’) </li></ul>
  3. 3. RFID tags Sources: Chase, Verichip, http://www.amal.net/rfid.html , E-Zpass, FasTrak, ASTAR, IME
  4. 4. RFID tags Active Passive Inactive, needs proximity Simple label, printed special ink Heavier Read only 3 - 10 years Battery 0.5 - 5 years Can connect to sensors (on/off) $$$$ reader, freq recharge $, ¢ $$ Read/write with memory Short range Light, small Bigger, heavier Long range - + - +
  5. 5. Early adoption Long history of use Reliability? May be duplicated Unique ID Security? Item level Pallet/case Practicality? More Cheaper Cost? Yes No Tracking? Yes (identify specific item) No (product type) Unique ID? No Yes, line of sight Scanning? RFID Barcode
  6. 14. Effect of Shielding
  7. 17. RFID Issues <ul><li>Security is the biggest concern </li></ul><ul><ul><li>May be read by anyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activation range can be extended </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Cloning’ - data can be copied </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Privacy issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Used for tracking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identity of carrier may be known </li></ul></ul>
  8. 18. Conclusion <ul><li>RFID is a tool with medical applications </li></ul><ul><li>Plus - no ‘line of sight’ requirement, convenient </li></ul><ul><li>Negative - security, privacy, cost </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of technologies (barcode, RFID) and security/privacy solutions (encryption, shielding) </li></ul>
  9. 19. Paul Fontelo, MD, MPH High Performance Computing and Communications National Library of Medicine [email_address] 301.435.3265

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