RFID Technology in Health Environment Opportunities and Challenges for Modern Cancer Care

  • Safdari, Reza (School of Allied Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Maserat, Elham (School of Allied Medical Sciences, Tehran University of Medical Sciences) ;
  • Maserat, Elnaz (Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences)
  • Published : 2012.12.31


Cancers are significant contributors to the mortality and health care expenditures. Cancer can be reduced and monitored by new information technology. Radio frequency identification or RFID is a wireless identification technology. The use of this technology can be employed for identifying and tracking clinical staff, patients, supplies, medications and equipments. RFID can trace and manage chemotherapy drugs. There are different types of RFID. Implantable RFID allowing a chip to be embedded under the skin and that store the cancer patient's identifier. These are concerns about applications of RFID. Privacy, security and legal issues are key problems. This paper describes capabilities, benefits and confidentiality aspects in radio frequency identification systems and solutions for overcoming challenges.


RFID;wireless technology;modern cancer care;identification technology


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