There is increasing pressure on healthcare organizations and medical equipment suppliers to improve inventory visibility and accuracy. Healthcare companies need access to reliable technology in order to comply with new regulations, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes. In response, Xerafy and VUEMED partner on healthcare supply chain solution.
Xerafy has expanded its technology solutions for the healthcare supply chain through its new partnership with Seattle-based VUEMED. The two companies together end-to-end tracking and management of healthcare devices and supplies.
VUEMED has created new clinical data capture solutions that combine barcodes and UHF Gen2 Passive RFID and RAIN RFID technologies, and that also support Xerafy’s RFID tag technology. The automatic identification solutions are combined with VUEMED’s cloud-based data reporting and analytics tools, as well as an FDA UDI-compliant product database. Continue reading
Xerafy has been a pioneer in developing RFID solutions for tracking surgical instruments, but the technology can also be used to manage other high-value assets and materials that are exposed to harsh conditions. The healthcare RFID market is expected to grow to $2.3 billion in 2019 (up from $650 million in 2014) according to Research and Markets. That growth is being driven by interest in tracking high-value assets.
Linen Tracking: Like surgical instruments, hospital linens (sheets, gowns, scrubs, etc.) have to be cleaned thoroughly to avoid the spread of infection or contaminants. Durable fabric RFID labels that can withstand high temperatures, water, and industrial detergents can help manage these items, ensure they were properly cleaned or disposed of, and returned to inventory. This helps hospitals better manage their linen inventory, locate lost items, and reduce unnecessary expenditures.
Medicine: RFID has always been an ideal solution for tracking high-value items, and pharmaceuticals are a good example. Pharma products are frequently stolen or counterfeited, and supplies (particularly of some items) are heavily regulated. Using source-labeling, RFID can be used to validate medicine (and spot counterfeit items), and provide an inventory and security solution once on site at a hospital. Using locked “smart” cabinets, authorized staff can check out inventory using their ID badges. Continue reading
The healthcare supply chain is under a number of competing pressures right now, and many of those are leading equipment manufacturers and hospitals toward RFID adoption.
Compliance and regulatory issues continue to challenge the industry. There are constantly new rules and regulations governing all stakeholders, and existing rules are frequently changing. In addition to the FDA’s UDI requirements, new HIPAA requirements, HiTECH requirements, and other issues affect the way healthcare entities manage goods and patient data. Being able to accurately track equipment and supplies is even more critical now, as is the ability to provide an auditable record of how goods were handled and by whom.
The role of data is also changing as the supply chain becomes more patient-centric. Supply chain data doesn’t just affect the flow of goods, but that data is also a critical part of the recall and safety process. Location, usage, and sterilization data generated by tracking solutions also plays a role in improving the efficiency of hospitals, ensuring patient safety, and improving outcomes. Continue reading
Recent news reports that another “super oilfield” has been discovered in China. This again stimulates the conversation of how oil and gas companies, whether onshore or offshore, face increased safety concerns about the drilling process, but also from the environmental impact it has.
The most serious disaster in recent history was the Deepwater Horizon incident in 2010. This accident affected over a 13 square kilometer area with pollutants, and brought disaster to both the local ecology and economy. Investigations indicated there were many human errors, including inadequate supervision, lack of emergency protocol, and ill-maintained equipment, resulting in the company responsible paying more than $20 billion in damages and claims.
The O&G had to find better technologies to increase safety practices while also increasing efficiencies. RFID came to play a vital role in this paradigm shift. Continue reading