If you have not heard of Near Field Communication, it is a short-range wireless communication technology that enables digital devices to share information. Such devices include tablets, smartphones, wearables, and payment cards. NFC facilitates quick and easy transfer of data with a single touch making it an invaluable feature for certain applications.
This is why the sector, which was worth $8,45 billion in 2018, is projected to be worth close to $50 billion in 2024. Among the many industries to benefit, is healthcare. The technology enables health facilities to automate processes and increase efficiency.
Read on to find out how Near Field Communication is improving healthcare.
In healthcare, the ability to address conditions or respond to emergencies swiftly plays a significant role in treatment effectiveness. Such responses are limited to the timely access of data. NFC can be used to track patient-related data, make it easily accessible, and send real-time updates.
This is achieved by using wearables such as wristbands that are embedded with NFC chips. The chips collect and store information such as treatment details, nurses’ visits, and patient’s movements. Using wearables in such a way is straightforward and invaluable as crucial data is available to physicians immediately.
Such devices are especially important for individuals with strong allergic responses or conditions like diabetes who always carry a metal ID plate. In case there is an emergency, medical alert bracelets are much better as first responders will have the necessary information.
Treatment facilities have areas where public access is not allowed or that are only restricted to authorized personnel such as operating rooms. Equipping such areas with entrance trackers and adopting NFC-enabled phones or cards can address those challenges. Near Field Communication can also help protect sensitive data. Access to computers, databases, and other files with sensitive data can be limited to personnel with enabled devices. This not only secures the data but makes accessing easier and faster.
Depending on the condition, a patient may be discharged but still requires continuous assessment. This is done to see how they are responding to treatment and whether they may require alternative treatments. Normally, this means that the patient makes regular visits to the doctor for an assessment.
With the use of NFC-enabled wristbands, the need for such visits is eliminated unless there was an emergency. The device will collect data on their vitals and transmit it to the caregiver. This then reduces the time physicians spend doing regular checkups, thus enabling them to attend to more patients.
Checking the Safety of Medication
Each medication has its recommended dosage and may carry side effects. By using their NFC devices, patients can check such details and even request prescription refills.
The role of Near Field Communication in healthcare is poised to increase in the coming years. NI is a company that helps health facilities become NFC-ready.