Hi-tech baby ID to foil kidnaps
TECHNOLOGY to stop babies being abducted or accidentally given to the wrong mother in the nursery is being rolled out in American hospitals and may come to Australia in the not too distant future.
Baby’s identification wrist bands can be embedded with wireless technology to track movement.
The system is similar to tagging technology also used for high-risk patients, including patients in psychiatric wards and dementia and Alzheimer’s units.
The technology will be presented at next week’s Everything IoT Global Leadership Summit to be held in Sydney.
IoT stands for internet of Things, which means wireless data collecting devices embedded in everyday objects which can send and receive data to the internet.
IoT is set to revolutionise health care according to keynote speaker Wendy Carroll, the former General Manager of Healthdirect Australia.
“We are talking devices connected to the internet. They can be wearable, they can be implantable, they can be tools and equipment, sensors in walls and light fittings, all those things – anything that connects up to the internet and forwards information back to some central data repository,” Ms Carroll said, adding that baby hospital security is just one application. To discharge from hospital, a baby’s tag would need to be swiped and their carer’s ID matched.