Siemens Business Services, Intel and Fujitsu Siemens Computers are launching an RFID project at the Klinikum Saarbrücken

Saarbrü 19 April 2005The Klinikum Saarbrücken launched a pilot project for patient identification based on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). The project, which covers some 1000 patients and is being run in collaboration with technology partners Siemens Business Services, Intel and Fujitsu Siemens Computers, aims to provide easier access to patient data. At the same time, deployment of the latest IT and RFID technology is expected to help improve safety in drug dosage and administration.

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In future, patients admitted to the Klinikum Saarbrücken will be given a wristband with an integrated RFID chip containing their patient number. Doctors and nursing staff can read the number using tablet PCs and PDAs and thereby identify the patient in seconds. This identification enables authorized persons to access a protected database containing the patient's data, including details of any drugs to be administered and the correct dosages, on-line via a WLAN. Unauthorized access is prevented using the latest encryption technology.

The Saarbrücken project is based on an RFID solution that is already being used at the Jacobi Medical Center in New York City and has been hailed by the Health Care Research & Innovations Congress (HCRIC) as an innovation in the area of patient safety. A particular focus of this pilot project is drug safety. Faster, easier identification of patients enables caregivers to intensify the level of care and to administer drugs easily and safely, since certain data and risk factors such as allergies, for example, can be stored for each patient.

The overall technical equipment for the RFID solution includes notebooks from Fujitsu Siemens Computers for accessing the patient system, as well as Pocket Loox PDAs and Stylistic Tablet PCs with Intel Centrino. A WLAN infrastructure is also installed.

The patients taking part in the pilot project can also call up their own medical information via information terminals. Such information might include blood pressure levels, weight, and treatment or discharge dates, for example. They can also find out about the diagnosed condition and the standard treatments.

Siemens Business Services is an internationally leading IT service provider. This Siemens Group offers services all along the IT service chain from a single source from consulting to systems integration, right through to the management of IT infrastructures. Thanks to comprehensive know-how and sector-specific expertise, the company provides measurable added value for its customers. With regard to outsourcing and IT maintenance, Siemens Business Services is among the top ten providers worldwide. Sales in fiscal year 2004 ending 30 September 2004, came to around 4,7 billion euro, 76 percent of which was achieved outside the Siemens organisation. The company currently has approximately 36.100 employees worldwide.

Intel is a manufacturer of semiconductors and is an international expert in products for information technology, networks and communication. Fujitsu Siemens Computers is an IT provider with a strategic focus on next-generation Mobility and Business Critical Computing products, services and solutions. With a portfolio of exceptional depth, the offering extends from handhelds through desktops to enterprise-class IT infrastructure solutions. Fujitsu Siemens Computers has a presence in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


Leslie Versweyveld

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