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Patient Identification System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245539D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-15
Document File: 6 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Relates to a patient identification system. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader handheld device for a caregiver to identify a patient. Steve Hankins shankins@rshc-law.com

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Patient Identification System

            This disclosure generally relates to a patient identification system. More specifically, but not exclusively, the disclosure relates to a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader handheld device for a caregiver to identify a patient.

            Generally, a healthcare facility is equipped with a number of communication devices for tracking location of a patient. The communication devices used for tracking location of the patient may be RFID based phone, PDA, tag, badge, and the like. The location of the patient can be tracked for various purposes such as to manage a flow of the patients, organize the patient schedules, monitor activities of the patients in the healthcare facility, and the like. In addition to these utilities, the communication devices can also be used to identify the patients and assist in storing data related to patients in the healthcare facility. An admission discharge transfer (ADT) record may be maintained for the patients admitted and/or discharged from the healthcare facility. An ADT system for maintaining ADT record may include an ADT controller to monitor an admission or discharge of patients. Further, the ADT controller may collect data of the patients. In existing systems, the ADT controller monitors the patient on the bed and records data of the patient after a fixed time interval. Thus, there exists a time lag between the ADT controller’s subsequent operations. Moreover, the data of the patient on the bed during the above mentioned time lag may not be recorded and/or the patient may go unnoticed by the ADT controller. While various solutions have been developed to provide arrangements that can solve the problem cited above, there is room for improvement.

            The disclosure relates in general to a patient identification system and more particularly to a RFID handheld device for a caregiver to identify a patient. Most particularly, the present invention relates to a RFID based communication for identifying a patient and recording data of the patient in a healthcare facility. The patient identification system comprises a patient RFID wristband and a bed RFID tag. The patient RFID wristband and the bed RFID tag may be configured to transmit a signal based on admission/discharge of the patient. The patient identification system further comprises an ADT (admission discharge transfer) system. The ADT system is configured to maintain an ADT record. Moreover, the patient identification system comprises a caregiver handheld device with a RFID reader. The caregiver handheld device with the RFID reader may be configured to identify the patient as a new patient or an existing patient by use of ADT record. Further, the caregiver handheld device may alert the caregiver when the patient is identified as a new patient.

            A block diagram of a patient identification system 100 is shown in FIG. 1. The patient identification...