Hcinformatics peers response

Hcinformatics peers response

Peer Response Instructions

· After making your initial post, substantially respond to at least  two other student posts that prompts further input or provides another viewpoint.  Describe a situation from your professional experience that backs up your viewpoint and discuss the social, moral, political and economic factors impacting your position.

1st peer post

Bradley Calhoun

Week 4 Discussion 

In order to talk about the pros and cons of RFID ( radio frequency identification device) we need to understand what exactly is it and does. RFID is a wireless system that includes a tag that uses radio waves to communicate the identity and a reader which is a device that has one or more antenna that emits radio waves and receives signals back from the RFID tag. ( Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): What Is It? | Homeland Security, n.d.) The use of RFID in healthcare can offer many benefits in relation to patient safety, tracking, aiding in patient care, and provider satisfaction.

One pro of using RFID is when it comes to the OB unit. Since the RFID does include tracking, this ensures the baby will always be tracked while at the hospital and can be matched up with the mom to provide absolute protection and prevent a code pink ( infant and child abduction). Another advantage of utilizing RFID is our Alzheimers patients. We can also use tracking on them which goes back to aiding in patient care and safety which is our priority. 

A con to using RFID is the ability of it getting hacked. Since it is a form of technology, the chances are there for patient privacy to be violated.  Another disadvantage is the size of the card. It is very small and can be very expensive depending on insurance providers. This may not be a big deal to certain patients but we have to also think about our elderly patients and Dementia patients. 

To balance the concerns related to the cons, we need to teach, educate, and reassure our patients that their personal private information is secure. We will reassure them that their information will remain protected and safe and teach them about the use of innovative sleeves and wallets to store the smart card which will help cut down the risk percentage of hackers. 

The group of individuals that would benefit immediately from the use of RFID are our geriatric patients and Alzheimer patients.  Safety and patient care is our priority and given that our Alzheimer patients and some geri patients suffer from memory loss and confusion, this would help abundantly with medications and ADLs.  This information would be provided and saved for the physician to access as needed. 


Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): What is it? | Homeland Security. (n.d.). https://www.dhs.gov/radio-frequency-identification-rfid-what-it

2nd peer post

Samantha Stafford

1. What are the pros and cons for using the smartcard or RFID? The pros to a smartcard would be that it acts like an ID, it’s a card that patients carry around with them and allows physicians to see medications that have been prescribed, relevant health issues, and verifies a patient’s identity as soon as the card is inserted ( Smart Cards and Patients, 2013). Or in some cases, the smartcard is a QR code on a patient’s phone that can be scanned by a provider. 

2. How would you balance the concerns related to the cons, while trying to incorporate its use into the healthcare system? The cons would be that some patients may worry about their sense of privacy being invaded, but the benefits outweigh the cons. Sometimes emergencies happen, and access to relevant health information faster could literally save a patient’s life, their child’s life, or their parent’s life. Smartcards also have security authentication such as needing to enter a PIN code or facial recognition ( SMART Health Cards, n.d.). 

3. Identify groups or individuals who could immediately benefit from the use of the technology, and why is that so? RFID can benefit infants to prevent abductions. My hospital uses RFID bands to track where infants are in the hospital, it helps prevent abductions. Whenever an ID band is not securely attached, it alarms the nurses to make sure the band hasn’t been taken off, and to verify that the infant is in the mother’s postpartum room. It also could help patients with dementia that are prone to wander. Last week where I live, we had an 80-year-old man escape from the nursing home next to where I work. Authorities searched for him for a few days, and eventually found him deceased about fifteen miles away. RFID could have saved this man’s life and prevented him from escaping the nursing home.