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Four Questions Hospital Administrators Must Ask Before Implementing RFID Asset Management

Published: 22 October 2012

ID: G00219618

Analyst(s): Tim Zimmerman


There are many situations where administrators need to know the status and location of critical assets. RFID can help, but it is not a one-size-fits-all solution and these four questions must have answers before any project can be started.

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  • Question No. 1: Do I Need RFID to Improve the Business Process?
    • The Need for Real-Time Location or "Bread Crumbing"
    • The Need to Know Where the Asset Is at a Specific Instance, or "Zonal" Solutions
    • You Need the Current Status of an Asset
    • You Need to Verify the Identity of the Asset
  • Question No. 2: What Type of RFID Should I Use?
    • You Need Reliable RFID Communications
    • You Are Worried About Physical Security
    • You Are Worried About Data Security
    • Many Different Types of Assets Need to Be Tagged
    • There Are Many Different Types of Tags
  • Question No. 3: What Information Do I Need From the Application?
  • Question No. 4: What Are Your Success Metrics?

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