Alabama firms team to develop wireless hand-washing monitoring system

Two Alabama companies are teaming up to develop an RFID system that will monitor hand washing in healthcare environments. Proventix Systems, headquartered in Birmingham, will pair its nGage employee badge technology that won't release patient information until the wearers wash their hands with a wireless communication system from Huntsville-based Synapse Wireless. "There are 90,000 people a year that die from contracting infectious diseases in hospitals," Wade Patterson, Synapse Wireless CEO, says, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. "Yes, it will save a lot of money, but, more importantly, it will save lives and that makes it worthwhile." Article