Healthcare workers may soon get microchips to make sure they wash their hands.
Only 57 percent of doctors 'always' wash their hands between seeing patients, USA Today reports. A new pilot program at a University of Miami Hospital hopes to improve that figure.
A microchip is embedded into the employee's badge. When they use a bathroom soap dispenser, it sends a signal to a computer.
The system then checks at each patient's bedside to make sure the worker has recently washed their hands. If they haven't, an alarm will sound.
If the program is successful, it may be installed in more hospitals around the country.