RFID Implantation in Healthcare
Pros of RFID
According to Vanguard, who is the industry leader, RFID helps the doctors to access the medical history of the patients faster. The advantages related to RFID are that it also helps in reducing the medical errors from the nurses who can scan the implanted RFID. For example, viewing the patient’s names, date of birth, allergies, and any other relevant information. Therefore, this helps in ensuring proper and safe medication administered to the patients. In addition, while the patients are still in the hospital, their location and vital signs can be easily be transmitted via wireless technology to the pertinent staff as well for the future references of RFID. When the patient is discharged, the current information is stored for later use. In case of a new diagnosis made during this visit, the information will be added to the history. Therefore examples of duplicate details are omitted.
Recently, RFID Medtronic has introduced a pacemaker to their technology, which helps to monitor remotely via the smartphone application on OS or Android smartphones (Healthcare IT News. 2015). Therefore, this aims at increasing human well being through biomedical technology, which has been created through this technology. In addition, RFID helps the patients to monitor their medical history through the smartphone application. The system reduces the time for the patient to receive medication because there will no time to ask the patient’s medical history. The smart technology makes it easy ft the nurse to know the problem of the patient.
RFID not only provides the medical benefit but also offer the safety and welfare of the children. For the interest, in this case, including the GPS location of the child, and the medical information can be scanned immediately if the child requires a medical emergency. In addition, when the child reaches the hospital, the implanted chip will have preventive health care policy information, allergies, and complete medical history (Eng, 2016). Besides the above mentioned benefits, it also beneficial to the parents in the following ways. The GPS enabled for RFID allows the parent to track the child in case of kidnapped. This would help the parent to locate the child faster and rescue him or her promptly. In addition, the technology has also helped the authorities to locate people who have lost or kidnapped in many inevitable regions with the help of implanted RFID.
Cons of RFID
The main disadvantage of RFID is privacy. The RFID contains a chip which has a unique identification number for use in checking the database. However, the third party can pick that number and use it for tracking purposes (Eng, 2016). Thieves are using the same technology to make duplicate credit cards. Thus the technology has increased crime rates in some regions. With the help of RFID information, social security number, medical diagnosis as well as being able to track the whereabouts by the help of the smartphone software which alerts on location when passing an RFID scanning station. This can still be at risk on the side of the patient.
There is a health risk factor associated with implanted devices. For example, the device is recognized as a foreign object in the body. Therefore, it can become infected. Since the chip works in the body for a long time, the powerful RFID can damage the chip, causing skin irritation, trauma to the surrounding tissues. In addition, the infection can migrate in the skin unknowingly, causing adverse reactions (Eng, 2016).
Ethical, legal and societal implications
The central dilemma of implanted RFID is privacy. Many of the consumers feel that the corporations are viewing their information. Many of them fear their privacy as being shared o many unknown people. In addition, an essential factor is that implanted RFID all the information is encoded, and even the implanted RFID is scanned and cannot be easily be decoded by any common means or applications (Ethics in Medicine 2014). Therefore, the taken information remains in their systems. Thus the intruders can hack it and use it for criminal activities. Furthermore, many of the RFID consumers fear that their information can easily be feed unknowingly at the physician’s office during their stay in the hospital. This kind of information needs to be consent. Thus the patient needs to reject or accept before implanting it in their systems. However, if the procedure is done without patient consent, it is not only unethical but also illegal and needs to be punished by law.
Policies and logistics
For the health provider to access the information on the implanted device, an RFID scanner is required. When the appropriate scanner is used, all patients’ data will be displayed on the device of the health care computer system. The RFID is used for the benefit of the patients and hospital security. When the patient arrives at the health facility, the nurse can easily access the information and use it to treat the patient faster.
It is recommended that the implantable RFID is vital in society as the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. For proper use, the patient needs to ensure safety through proper identification, medical history. Therefore, RFID technology has become a necessity. This, the society will significantly benefit from the RFID as well as the safety of the patients as well as the practitioners. Conclusively, RFID has made an incremental impact on the current society. This has been done through proper identification, checking medical history, among others. Thus it is essential when it comes to the matter of emergency. No information will be required, but only the data is scanned, and the patient receives proper medication faster.
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