Army Taps 3M for RFID Tracking of Medical Records

3M, the makers of Scotch Tape and Post-It Notes, announced July 25 it’s inked a three-year deal with the U.S. Army to develop and install an RFID-based system to track medical records.

The Army, which has forked over $3.76 million dollars to 3M, plans to track a portion of the files at its Fort Hood Army base in Texas—the military’s largest active duty domestic base.

Fort Hood houses the active medical records of more than 150,000 men and women stationed at Fort Hood—and their dependents’ records.

In the course of a single month, upwards of 70,000 of those files are used across Fort Hood’s six medical clinics, transferred from one location to the next.

The idea with the 3M project is to tag and track each file as it moves in and out of a central filing room, to reduce errors in the manual tracking, retrieval, filing and file merging processes within the Army, according to 3M.

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