Radio frequency identification (RFID) systems are reported to be implemented during maternal and child production in all government hospitals in the state, and implementation of the system may prevent theft or exchange of neonatal events.
Currently, this system is being piloted in hospitals in the East Godavari area. The proposal to use these radio frequency identification technologies was proposed about two years ago to prevent newborns from being kidnapped or exchanged, but the implementation of RFID projects has been postponed for various reasons. Recently, RFID projects have finally been implemented in areas such as Prakasam, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari. In addition, according to the Ministry of Health, starting from November this year, RFID projects are more likely to be implemented in all hospitals across the state.
In the system, the hospital will immediately attach the RFID tag to the baby and his mother when the baby is born, in front of their family members. The label will contain detailed information about the baby and his mother, including their photos and other details about their identity, so patients don’t have to worry about their babies being interchangeable with other babies.
In case, in order to prevent the baby from being kidnapped, a security alarm will be installed at the entrance of the hospital, which will alert the hospital staff. If the newborn is taken more than 10 meters from the mother, the built-in security mechanism of the tag will also alert people.
The head of GGH Vijayawada told TNIE, S Babulal, “The proposal to set up the RFID system is pending for a long time. The construction of the new gynaecology building is in progress and we want to establish this technology in that new building.”