Policy options for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) application in healthcare; a prospective view

Final report (D5)

by Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Helen Rebecca Schindler, Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Maarten Botterman

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This report reviews the state of play of European markets and applications of Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) in healthcare in Europe. Based on the current situation the report presents three scenarios for 2020, to describe futures in which the technology and health care sectors develop in different ways. The scenarios were discussed in expert workshops to derive issues that need to be addressed by future policies of the European Union and other stakeholders. The market assessment is based on a review of literature and an analysis of proprietary market data. The chapter on the state of RFID applications in Health in Europe summarises the results of a literature review, an online Delphi survey, expert interviews and seven cases studies in Europe and the US. The policy analysis is based on the outcomes of a scenario gaming workshop with experts from academia, industry, healthcare providers, policymakers and representatives of patient organisations.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Economic outlook and market of RFID in the healthcare sector

  • Chapter Two

    A review of RFID deployment for better quality of Healthcare at lower cost

  • Chapter Three

    Three Views of the Future in Health and RFID Technology

  • Chapter Four

    Conclusion and recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Costs & benefits of in-hospital RFID

  • Appendix B

    Experts Involved in the Study

  • Appendix C

    Workshop Terms of Reference

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The research described in this report was prepared for the European Commission Directorate General for Information Society and Media. and conducted by RAND Europe.

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