Mobile robots and rfid technology-based smart care environment for minimizing risks related to employee turnover during pandemics

Anja Poberznik, Mirka Leino, Jenni Huhtasalo, Taina Jyräkoski, Pauli Valo, Tommi Lehtinen, Joonas Kortelainen, Sari Merilampi, Johanna Virkki

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Abstract

During a pandemic, it is imperative that all staff members have up-to-date information on changing work practices in the healthcare environment. This article presents a way to implement work environment orientation amongst different groups in care facilities by utilizing mobile robots, radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, and data synthesis. We offer a scenario based on a co-design approach, in which a mobile robot works as an orientation guide for new employees, RFID tags are applied on objects around the premises and people’s clothing. The mobile robot takes advantage of the information provided by its known location and each RFID tag read by the RFID reader integrated with the robot. We introduce the scenario here, along with the details of its practical test implementation. Further, the challenges met in the test implementation are discussed as well as the future potential of its application. In conclusion, our study indicates that repetitive training and orientation-related duties can be successfully transferred to a mobile robot. Through RFID, the mobile robot can deliver the relevant information to the right people and thus contribute to patient and personnel safety and the resource efficiency of the orientation process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12809
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume13
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Co-design
  • Employee orientation
  • Healthcare
  • Mobile robot
  • NFC
  • Passive UHF RFID
  • Patient safety
  • Technology

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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