The center also uses the technology to customize the patient experience in CT and linear accelerator treatment rooms, which come equipped with projection equipment so that patients can watch the scene of their choice--a swaying palm tree on a tropical island or an eagle soaring above a mountain vista, for example--during the procedure.
Such high-tech soothers not only improve patient satisfaction, they also offer a clinical benefit. When patients are relaxed their bodies are more relaxed. Blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate are slower and steadier. And technicians can obtain clearer images.
"So the patients are happier and the outcomes are better,” Lowe says.
The tags can store other information about patients, as well, including their appointments and the names of their physicians. Doctors are alerted via their VoIP phones when patients arrive at the center.
The system also contains prescription, billing, admission, discharge, and transfer information.
Active RFID can also help lost patients find their way through a building or allow staff to find them when it's time for their appointment. This enables them to take a walk or sit in the cafeteria rather than being tied to the waiting room.