NFC medication tracking system

Well, well, well, here’s one page in my idea book that I can put a big read “X” through [December 6 2011 – Page #42]. And for all those people that told me it was a stupid idea – you know who you are – I have one word for you: Harvard. Yeah, that’s right, Harvard. It seems that some intelligent, forward thinking people over at Harvard Medical School have developed an NFC system for medication administration at the bedside.

Ah, justification. Feels good. Sorry, sometimes being petty feels good.

NFC World: “Harvard Medical School’s teaching affiliate Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) has developed an NFC system aimed at making it easier for nurses to track and administer each patient’s medication.

The new bedside system uses a combination of Google Nexus 7 NFC devices, which run the new application and store details of each patient and their prescribed medications, and NFC tags attached to patient wristbands, medication packages and employee ID badges.

When administering medication, nurses use the NFC tablet to tap the tags on the patient’s wristband, on the medication and on their ID badge. The application running on the tablet then checks to see if the medication and dosage is the correct one for the patient and records which medication was administered to the patient and by whom.


Research: Dr. Adam Landman: Near-Field Communication Technology at the Patient Bedside from BWH Public Affairs on Vimeo.

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3 responses to “NFC medication tracking system”

  1. carlac
    April 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm |

    very cool! so much for saying meds are too expensive to tag, eh? love the idea of capturing all of the data by tapping. B&W does cool things! :razz:

  2. January 14, 2014 at 3:14 pm |

    Did you know that there is already an application based on NFC doing something similar in the app store but targeting end users ? And … for free !!!
    More information in

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