Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Radio Frequency Identification or RFID tags are intelligent bar codes that can talk, at distances of 25 feet and more, to a networked system to track, and count, whatever items they are attached to.
In 2008, the first RFID-based system approved for use in the operating room was introduced. The system aims to reduce or eliminate the most common and costly surgical "never event" - unintentionally retained foreign objects in surgery. The system automatically provides a device-reconciled count by directly matching the unique identifier on each tagged item both entering into and then out of the surgical case.
RFID-based systems can also be utilized to track and monitor controlled drugs within a hospital environment. Scanners within the locked storage case can not only detect what drugs are being removed, but also recognize the individual removing the drug.
TConneX develops middleware that integrate this recognition technology with varied back-end applications, for example those applications that maintain inventory levels.
Electronic Health Record (EHR)
EHRs are a record in digital format that include a whole range of data about an individual in comprehensive or summary form, including demographics, medical history, medication and allergies, immunization status, laboratory test results, radiology images, vital signs, personal stats like age and weight, and billing information.
Its purpose can be understood as a complete record of patient encounters that allows the automation and streamlining of the workflow in health care settings and increases safety through evidence-based decision support, quality management, and outcomes reporting.
Historical paper-based clinical notes will typically be scanned and stored as a retrievable image within the EHR, requiring the provider to review many pages of notes to retrieve a piece of information.
TConneX has implemented semantic digital scanning technology that allows free form data to be recognized in terms of content and meaning, allowing it to be placed directly into the database structure.