College of American Pathologists
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  Before considering RFID, understand
  your process






June 2007
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  • Map the current process and identify steps where autoidentification can assist.
  • Start measuring to determine where you are now and what you are trying to achieve—patient safety, operational efficiency, reduced capital expenses, reduced waste?
  • Assess whether bar codes can accomplish the same goal.
  • Consider interfaces to existing systems and applications—autoidentification much less useful if siloed from core operation.
  • Who will monitor the data and act on the data? Are the data actionable?


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