Hospitals Install RFID to Help Patients Use Multimedia Terminals | Security News


RFID systems are widely used in hospitals and other medical facilities for contactless identification. For physical access control, or for visitation and documentation purposes, for example. The applications are mainly limited to hospital staff and their main purpose is to reduce costs and expenses. But there are also many other potential uses for RFID in hospitals, and these applications focus on patient comfort.

During their stay in the hospital, patients have access to many paid services and offers: the cafeteria, drink machines, television and Internet access. For most patients, it is neither convenient nor comfortable to carry cash. Switching these services to a cashless system also makes sense in terms of hygiene and theft prevention. RFID enables contactless payments and authentication with the utmost convenience.


  • To position themselves internationally as a provider of RFID authentication solutions for hospitals, readers / writers must support the widest possible range of RFID technologies.

A win-win for staff and patients

Patients and staff identify themselves at the terminal with their RFID badges or identity card

In ideal cases, the potential uses of RFID for patients and staff can even be combined. This is the case, for example, with multimedia terminals in patient rooms. Equipped with an RFID reader / writer, the terminals can be easily used by both parties. Patients and staff identify themselves at the terminal with their RFID badge or identity card.

Doctors can then access digital patient information and no longer need to carry paper patient charts. Patients can use the terminals to watch TV and access other entertainment and service offerings. A win-win situation.


  • ELATEC’s TWN4 series multi-frequency RFID readers recognize and read over 60 RFID systems, including all standard card technologies worldwide.


  • RFID provides staff and patients with convenient access to multimedia terminals and other offerings and services.
  • Badges and RFID cards currently used for other areas can also be used for terminals.

Flexible multi-frequency RFID readers / writers

To develop optimal solutions for the particular application scenario, ELATEC offers multimedia terminal manufacturers a wide range of high performance and flexible multi-frequency RFID readers / recorders for contactless authentication.

Each of the multi-frequency readers recognizes and reads over 60 different RFID card technologies, including all international standard systems. They are ideally suited for international use and are already approved for use in over 110 countries. System integrators who equip their products and complete solutions with RFID readers can benefit from a simpler and faster approval process.


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