RFID-initiated workflow control to facilitate patient safety and utilization efficiency in operation theater

Charles C.H. Liu, Chia Huang Chang, Mu Chun Su, Hsueh Ting Chu, Sheng Hui Hung, Jau Min Wong, Pa Chun Wang

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Objective: To control the workflow for surgical patients, we in-cooperate radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to develop a Patient Advancement Monitoring System (PAMS) in operation theater. Methods: The web-based PAMS is designed to monitor the whole workflow for the handling of surgical patients. The system integrates multiple data entry ports Across the multi-functional surgical teams. Data are entered into the system through RFID, bar code, palm digital assistance (PDA), ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC), or traditional keyboard at designated checkpoints. Active radio-frequency identification (RFID) tag can initiate data demonstration on the computer screens upon a patient's arrival at any particular checkpoint along the advancement pathway. Results: The PAMS can manage the progress of operations, patient localization, identity verification, and peri-operative care. The workflow monitoring provides caregivers' instant information sharing to enhance management efficiency. Conclusion: RFID-initiate surgical workflow control is valuable to meet the safety, quality, efficiency requirements in operation theater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-442
Number of pages8
JournalComputer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Active RFID
  • Efficiency
  • Patient safety
  • Web-based database
  • Workflow control


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