Hi-tech baby ID to foil kid­naps

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - JANE HANSEN

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.

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