RFID Technology in the Healthcare Industry Introduction The use of Radiofrequency Identification (RFID) technology has been a long standing debate amongst professionals and academicians. The concern for privacy risk linked with the device has become significantly important. Nevertheless, healthcare industry is using this device to track Alzheimer’s patients, address counterfeit medications and avoid incidences where babies are switched in nurseries. In 2004, the United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) approved a Radiofrequency Identification device developed by VeriChip, a Florida-based company, to implant these chips in individuals for medical information retrieval purposes (Jensen, Cazier & Dave, n.d). The purpose of this...The end:
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