High-tech patient wristbands now carry personal data

A hospital in England has added electronic tags to wristbands to store patient personal information such as a digital photo of the patient and details of the care they need. These high-tech wristbands are used to increase patient safety by allowing hospital staff to read the tag details using a PDA and ensure they are treating the right person. They are also used to see what checks the patient has had, or if they are ready for surgery, to ensure they get the right drugs, tests and operations via the checklist on the PDA.


‘Tagging’ improves patient safety


By Caroline Parkinson
Health reporter, BBC News

Hospital patients are used to wearing wristbands. But now those bands have gone high-tech.

Published Friday, 16 February 2007, 06:00 GMT


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