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Project Reference: ITP/020/09LP
Project Title: RFID Traceability for Risk Management in Hospital
Hosting Institution: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Abstract: In 2008, Hong Kong Hospital Authority identified five types of hospital risk management. The report showed that all five types of hospital risks had certain degree of relationship to whether it could be successful to trace drugs and medical equipment being used on patients, as well as to track people’s identifications and locations when providing or receiving medical care.

This project aims to enable risk management in hospital by developing low-cost, high-efficiency sensor-integrated active radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies to track people movement, together with alerting and visualization systems to analyze the captured data. In this project, tracking of high-risk patients will be piloted as well to demonstrate the same RFID infrastructure compliant with EPC global network can be applied to safeguard patients’ lives in other occasions.

This project makes use of the results from the past ITF-funded active RFID research and development projects to strengthen the medical system and research work on tracking and tracing infectious diseases and their spreading patterns. The projected enhancement comes in three aspects: interaction traceability, real time tracking, and continuous monitoring. Based on the findings from the pilot studies, we will devise a plan to commercialize the results from this project.
Project Coordinator: Professor Ke-li Wu
Approved Funding Amount: HK$9.87M
Project Period: 1 Sep 2009 – 30 Nov 2011
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