Real-time person identification in a hospital setting: A systematic review

H.M. Essink, Armelle Knops, Amber M.A.Liqui Lung, C.N. van der Meulen, N.L. Wouters, Aart J. van der Molen, Wouter J.H. Veldkamp, M. Frank Termaat

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In the critical setting of a trauma team activation, team composition is crucial information that should be accessible at a glance. This calls for a technological solution, which are widely available, that allows access to the whereabouts of personnel. This diversity presents decision makers and users with many choices and considerations. The aim of this review is to give a comprehensive overview of available real-time person identification techniques and their respective characteristics. A systematic literature review was performed to create an overview of identification techniques that have been tested in medical settings or already have been implemented in clinical practice. These techniques have been investigated on a total of seven characteristics: costs, usability, accuracy, response time, hygiene, privacy, and user safety. The search was performed on 11 May 2020 in PubMed and the Web of Science Core Collection. PubMed and Web of Science yielded a total n = 265 and n = 228 records, respectively. The review process resulted in n = 23 included records. A total of seven techniques were identified: (a) active and (b) passive Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) based systems, (c) fingerprint, (d) iris, and (e) facial identification systems and infrared (IR) (f) and ultrasound (US) (g) based systems. Active RFID was largely documented in the included literature. Only a few could be found about the passive systems. Biometric (c, d, and e) technologies were described in a variety of applications. IR and US techniques appeared to be a niche, as they were only spoken of in few (n = 3) studies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3937
Number of pages23
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Biometric identification
  • Healthcare
  • Hospital
  • Real-time person identification
  • RFID


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