An Analysis in Patient Safety : Alternative Patient Identification using a Mobile Application

University essay from KTH/Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH); KTH/Skolan för kemi, bioteknologi och hälsa (CBH)

Abstract: With a strong and continuous development in medical technology products, the need to connect the right data to the right person is increasing, a form of patient identification. When the identification is not working it could lead to catastrophic accidents like the wrong person being operated. The problem could be solved with a mobile application. After desktop research and interview a prototype was made that would work as a patient identifier. The prototype is made as a mobile application that uses the NFC technique to transfer data. After, among other things, interviews with staff from health care the conclusion was that only bigger errors within patient identification were documented. It was hard to know how many errors were made in total. Therefore, the solution to the problem could be a mobile application that reads ID bands. This could be one step in the patient identification chain to reduce even small errors.

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