Journal of Medical Systems

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 3423–3433 | Cite as

Deployment of RFID in Healthcare Facilities—Experimental Design in MRI Department

  • Chen-Yang ChengEmail author
  • Jyh-Wen Chai
Original Paper


Patient safety has become an important issue due to medical errors. Some health care systems use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to identify patients during medical procedures. However, the RFID data readability especially depends upon the environment, an investigation of data reliability and signal loss is essential to making an effective deployment plan. The operation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the major source of electromagnetic interference in the hospital. Therefore, this research conducts an experimental design of reading performance considering various notable factors in the MRI department. In addition to the readability experiment, this paper also measures the efficiency and reliability of implementing RFID technology in the MRI department using a simulation approach and helps hospitals by providing the measured outcomes.


RFID MRI Medical management Medical error 



Work on this paper is supported by Taichung Veterans General Hospital/Tunghai University Joint Research Program,(TCVGH-T987810) and National Science Council, Republic of China, Grant No. NSC 99-2221-E-029-010.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial Engineering and Enterprise InformationTunghai UniversityTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyTaichung Veterans General HospitalTaichungTaiwan
  3. 3.National Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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