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Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Patient Tracking with NFC

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244559D
Publication Date: 2015-Dec-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 76K

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Abstract

Example embodiments of the present invention provide a new system for monitoring and tracking patients, medications, and equipment within a healthcare facility. A patient, upon admittance to a hospital or healthcare facility (e.g., nursing home, out-patient surgery facility, etc.), can receive or be associated with a patient tracking device comprised of a Near-Field Communication (NFC) reader and an active RFID tag. Active RFID tags can be located within the facility by a real-time locating system, such as a wireless LAN network, a TDOA location system, or a UWB locating system

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Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Patient Tracking with NFC

    Tracking patients and articles within a healthcare facility is of critical importance for safety and efficiency. Conventionally, patients, medications, and equipment, have been tracked using barcodes and barcode scanners. Service providers (e.g., nurses) have nurse carts that include barcode scanners that can be used to scan a patient, an employee badge, equipment, etc. to provide "proof of service" or "confirmation of service" for audit, record, and safety purposes.

    Example embodiments of the present invention provide a new system for monitoring and tracking patients, medications, and equipment within a healthcare facility. A patient, upon admittance to a hospital or healthcare facility (e.g., nursing home, out- patient surgery facility, etc.), can receive or be associated with a patient tracking device comprised of a Near-Field Communication (NFC) reader and an active RFID tag. Active RFID tags can be located within the facility by a real-time locating system, such as a wireless LAN network, a TDOA location system, or a UWB locating system.

    A workflow that involves embodiments of the present invention may include a NFC badge for a healthcare provider, such as a nurse, that approaches a patient. By bringing the nurse's NFC badge near the patient's tracking device, the nurse's badge may be associated with the patient tracking device by the NFC reader. The patient's NFC reader reads the provider's badge a...