Patient wristband with RFID chip wins award
14 December 2005
New York's Jacobi Medical Center and Siemens Business Services have
received recognition for their patient wristband system in the US "Chime
Collaboration Competition". Chime is the association of Chief Information
Officers of hospitals and medical technology companies.
2004, patients in New York's Jacobi Medical Center have been carrying their
medical history around with them on an RFID radio wristband, thus allowing
medical staff to take better care of them.
On being admitted to the New York Jacobi Medical Center, patients are
fitted with a wristband with an RFID chip on which their unique patient
number is stored. Medical staff can read this number using PDAs or tablet
PCs with an RFID reader. This allows doctors and nursing staff to identify
patients in a matter of seconds and to gain online access to a protected
database with details of their medical history and the appropriate
medication. Protection against unauthorized access to the patient data is
ensured by cutting-edge encryption technology (PKI).
The solution leads to improved patient care and security by enabling them
to be identified faster and more simply. Medication can be allocated more
securely: the right patient gets the right medicine at the right time in the
right dosage and in the right form. In addition, both the entry and the
communication of patient data at the point of care are simpler, faster and
This is the second award for Jacobi Medical Center system. In January it
received an award from the American Health Care Research & Innovations