Adelaide hospital rolls out RFID tagging
Wireless everywhere to track kit, people, in AUD$71M project
Visionstream will deploy a AUD$71 million ICT solution for the Royal Adelaide Hospital that is aimed to integrate government development on high end data services with actual health care provision.
The project will provide the hospital with 150 Terabits per second of switching capacity and new technology platforms including RFID and a wireless real time location system for patient and equipment tracking.
The project has been designed in conjunction with the South Australian Government’s new model of medicinal care which focusses on using technology to enable safe care solutions, reducing time spent on admin and increasing clinician-patient time.
An integrated wireless networks will be deployed throughout the facility which will combine tagging and tracking functionality to manage both patient intake and care, as well as track availability of health care equipment throughout the hospital.
The new networks will also support features such as meal ordering by patients, lighting control, telephony, medical imaging and audio-visual content distribution.
Visionstream is also supplying the IP PABX, delivering a unified communications system including wired and wireless handsets, 550 network devices, 25,000 physical network connections, 2000 wireless access points, 4200 fixed phones, 550 wireless phones and thousands of tracked RFID tags.
“This is the first time that this level of integrated communications technology and capability will be showcased as the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will be a world class facility and the most technologically advanced health facility in Australia. Visionstream are proud to be part of such a significant project,” said Visionstream GM Allan Bradford. ®
New use for RFID
Double beep as patient leaves hospital..
"Nurse! Stop that patient!
He's smuggling out a clamp and a swab, internally!"
Re: So then why is it...
You know that noise that your cheap phone causes when it is next to speakers and rings? That is why your phone can't be used in hospitals and airplanes. Most of the time the noise isn't a problem but it is much harder to get everyone to turn off their phones on a plane when only a few are on rather than every single one of them. Besides who wants to be next to people talking on the phone all the time.
Re: So then why is it...
The difference is they are purchasing that wireless equipment, choosing the wireless equipment so that it does not interfere, and have largely full control of that wireless equipment.
You as a consumer choose where to purchase your personal wireless equipment, which could be a local operator, or perhaps a grey market import. There is no guarantee that it meets any given standards regarding EMC, either due to unscrupulous quality control, or a subtle fault causing undesired emissions.
I've seen "CE" marked kit wipe out VHF radio communications. I've heard part of a CD player click away like a geigercounter in the presence of a 433MHz transmitter -- both devices allegedly compliant with EMC directives.
The fact is, if it's their equipment, it's their problem, they can deal with it however they wish. Rather than have the possibility of some life-critical piece of equipment malfunction, they simply ask you to turn off your mobile phone. Yes, it's an inconvenience, but who wants to take the risk?