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 Rochester Institute of Technology Works on RFID Hearts

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Date posted: 25/04/2008

Telemedicine researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology have been awarded a $400,000us grant from the National Science Foundation?s Cyber Trust Program to work on integrating RFID technology with cardiac sensor networks used to monitor patients' heartbeats.

The work should make cardiac sensor networks more secure, reducing the chances of identity theft or other abuse. The work could also make the healthcare process work more efficiently by supporting RFID tags on medicine bottles, the school says.

"Telemedicine technology can greatly increase the quality of medical care while also decreasing healthcare costs," said Fei Hu, assistant professor of computer engineering at RIT, in a statement. "Through this project we hope to increase the integration of RFID into existing cardiac sensor networks, ensure the overall security of the system and promote the implementation of the technology in nursing homes and adult care facilities across the country."

A major roadblock in all telemedicine development has been concern over the security of wireless networks used in telemedicine delivery. By using RFID, instead of transmitting patient identity information directly, RIT hopes to plug that gap, speeding the up[take of telehealth generally.

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