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RFID Research Paper Recognized by AAMI


July 16, 2009

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The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) recently honored an IUPUI professor and fellow researchers for their work on adapting radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to a clinical application.

Barbara Christe, program director of biomedical engineering technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), along with colleagues and IUPUI student researchers, received AAMI's 2008 Outstanding Management & Technology Paper award.

Professor Christe; IUPUI Professor Elaine Cooney; Gregg Maggioli, president and CEO of BlueBean, LLC.; and IUPUI engineering and technology students Dustin Doty, Robert Frye, and Jason Short were recognized for their paper, “Testing Potential Interference with RFID Usage in the Patient Care Environment.” The study was published in AAMI’s peer-reviewed journal Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology.

The study was in response to a June 2008 study printed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) which concluded that RFID could induce potentially hazardous incidents in medical devices. The IUPUI study found that the JAMA study used unrealistic scenarios to generate incidents of interference. It also found that RFID technology was safe when antennas are placed in appropriate locations for these use scenarios.

“It is good to be recognized for something so important,” Christe says. “There is very little academic research in the engineering arena on the application of technology in healthcare, in part because the human body is outside the comfort zone of most engineers. More scientific research is needed focusing on clinical applications.”

The study was conducted with support from the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) at IUPUI and BlueBean, LLC., a consulting and systems integration company that focuses exclusively on RFID solutions.

AAMI recognized the IUPUI team for their achievement at the Dwight E. Harkin, MD Memorial Lecture and Awards Luncheon on Sunday, June 7, 2009, during AAMI’s Annual Conference & Expo in Baltimore, MD.

AAMI is a non-profit organization that provides leadership and programs to enable professions, healthcare institutions, and industry to safely and effectively develop and use medical instrumentation.