RFID-based patient tracking for regional collaborative healthcare

Author Affiliation

Shakeel A. Khoja is Professor at Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi

Faculty / School

Faculty of Computer Sciences (FCS)


Department of Computer Science

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International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology




Computer Sciences | Electrical and Electronics | Engineering | Industrial Engineering | Manufacturing


Hospitals typically deploy automation of their services to streamline their operations. Despite this, however, it has been found that patients do suffer from queuing at reception, pharmacy, and services departments of the hospitals. Additionally, hospitals within a region of a country develop and maintain independent medical files of each patient, and thus patients have to go through tests and examinations at each hospital if they are on the move. In this paper, radio frequency identification based patient tracking is presented such that it enables not only presence of the patient within each service area, but also helps in retrieving relevant medical records of the patient from another hospital within a collaborative domain. In this paper, a framework is presented for such a collaborative region. The patient record database is developed, technologies are chosen and role-based access is exemplified for a typical environment. The advantages and issues related to its deployment are also discussed.

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