[LINK] RFID & Related issues
hartr at interweft.com.au
Thu Nov 18 09:17:02 EST 2004
On Mon, 2004-11-15 at 22:46, Geoffrey Ramadan wrote:
> How about the "I will save lives theory" with RFID. I understand there
> are over 10,000 patients die each year in Australia due to either
> incorrectly administered drugs or "interference" with other drugs. A
> system based on RFID could be used to prevent such things.
I hate to disabuse you, but the patient is already "tagged" (generally
with a bar coded bracelet) and yet the problems of incorrect dose and
drug administration still occur.
Using RFID technology will NOT prevent this sort of problem occurring
(proof: the existing system which is essentially the same has not
either). I'm afraid advocating RFID for this is simply another example
of technology being applied to fix a non-technology problem: the problem
is human error...in a variety of guises and at a variety of levels.
Robert Hart hartr at interweft.com.au
+61 (0)438 385 533
Brisbane, Australia http://www.hart.wattle.id.au
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