Hospital-acquired infections, also known as nosocomial infections, are a major challenge for healthcare facilities around the world. These infections are often the result of mistakes in the operating theater, or improperly managed sterilization processes. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are always searching for better solutions to decrease risk of nosocomial infections and lower the incidence of these potentially dangerous infections. And with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), new technology can help hospitals to improve their sterilization processes.
RFID has proven to be a good option for healthcare facilities when it comes to tracking sterilization and reducing the risk of infection. We’ve previously demonstrated how RFID can improve patient safety in our previous blogs about OR management, CSSD management, and the healthcare supply chain.
RFID technology simplifies these processes to ensure patient safety by automatically tracking surgical instruments. The RFID solution can record the connections among patients, devices or instruments, and staff, making it easy to know what instrument was used for which procedure. RFID also makes it more effective to track or recall devices, which improves patient trust. There are many hospitals that use RFID to save time, reduce the risk of mistakes, and improve medical safety. Continue reading
The oil and gas markets have been laboring under low prices for some time now, in part because of high production from OPEC nations. With the drop in revenue, oil and gas companies slowed their investments in new technologies, including RFID. However, investment in RFID may soon change.
In fact, there are signs that investors are bullish on oil and gas. According to Bloomberg, drillers and oilfield service companies raised $6.64 billion in 13 different equity offerings in January alone. “The mood is absolutely different,” said Trey Stolz, an analyst at the investment banking firm Coker & Palmer Inc. “Go back to a year ago and the knife was still falling. But today, it feels much, much better.”
That should be good news for investment in durable, on-metal RFID solutions like those offered by Xerafy. In 2015, Xerafy released the Xplorer tag, the first UHF ATEX-certified RFID tag for downhole pipe identification. It was designed to be embedded in downhole tubulars such as drill pipes, casings, and production tubing to track these items throughout their lifecycle.
These solutions will also leverage RFID and other wireless sensing technologies, which are a fast-growing segment. RSMarketInsights expects the global wireless sensors market to experience a 20.5 percent CAGR through 2021 because of demand in various industry segments (including oil and gas). Continue reading
The Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to revolutionize a number of industries – and the healthcare space is embracing the technology enthusiastically. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2025 healthcare will account for nearly one-third of the $11.1 trillion market for distributed devices. RFID will play a leading role in this digital transformation of the healthcare industry.
By connecting medical devices like glucose meters, electrocardiogram machines, and other equipment, doctors and patients can more easily track important patient data. Remotely connecting these types of systems to the network can also make it easier for physicians to serve more patients – especially important in rural areas where there is often a shortage of primary care physicians.
In the hospital, even more “things” can be connected. Wheelchairs, IV pumps, medical devices, beds, and surgical tools can be linked to the network using durable RFID tags and sensor technology. Continue reading