Using cell phones as mobile readers was not the only creative use of RFID discussed at the show. Many organizations are exploring the use of RFID for a variety of different reasons.
Walter Dzik, co-director, Blood Transfusion Service for Massachusetts General Hospital, discussed the implications of RFID on blood transfusions.
Massachusetts General Hospital is piloting the use of RFID-equipped patient wristbands and blood bags. Nurses would check the chip on the blood bag against the chip on the wristband to limit the risk of giving the wrong blood to the wrong patient.
While mis-transfusion is rare, it does happen. Reports indicate the risk of mis-transfusion is over 100 times greater than the risk of HIV or HCV transmission from a transfusion.
Airlines and airports are also exploring the use of RFID, this time to track baggage. At the conference, Delta Airlines and McCarran Airport outlined their views on the future of RFID within their sectors of the airline industry. Patrick Rary, manager of baggage planning and development for Delta also discussed the successful outcome of a bag tag pilot at Jacksonville Airport in Florida.