Sterilization processes at hospitals are a critical part of ensuring quality care. Nosocomial infections – or hospital-acquired infections – can cause medical complications that, in some patients, are more severe than the ailments that originally brought them to the hospital in the first place. As healthcare providers are increasingly evaluated based on quality and outcomes, controlling these infections has become more important. There can also be severe penalties for failing to follow proper sterilization procedures. The use of RFID helps reduce infections which improves patient safety.
Central sterile service departments (CSSDs) manage the washing and sterilization of surgical instruments and other equipment. When these processes are managed manually, it can increase time and labor as well as lead to mistakes – instruments may be miscounted or returned to service without being sterilized.
RFID can provide way to automate these sterilization processes and provide real-time data and an audit trail to help hospitals better manage the risk of nosocomial infections. Continue reading
Good craftsmanship depends on using the right tools. In many industries, creating excellent products means using excellent — and often expensive and indispensable — tools. However, effectively tracking and managing these tools can be challenging for many companies. But smart tool management with RFID creates smart —and safe — workshops.
Generally, tools are managed manually, with staff counting and storing them. There are several drawbacks to manual tool management:
1. Loss caused by misplacement or theft
2. Illegal registration of artificial assets
The severity of these errors can depend on the type of business. It is particularly important for aviation and locomotive manufacturing enterprises, which are highly regulated. In addition to the high cost of the tools, losing or misplacing these items can have severe consequences. If a wrench is lost in engine during maintenance or repair operations, it could cause a serious accident when the airplane or train goes back into service. Continue reading
RFID has developed into a key enabling technology in the oil and gas industry by providing real-time information on production and maintenance processes, and helping to ensure compliance with safety regulations in extremely hazardous conditions. While technology investment in this sector has been slow, improving market conditions and oil prices will likely lead to and expansion of the use of RFID in the energy industry.
Last year, National Oilwell Varco (NOV) chairman and CEO Clay Williams predicted that RFID would play an important role in the growth of shale drilling technology. In a piece published by RigZone, drilling technology will move into overseas markets as other countries try to replicate the success of shale operations in North America. In the U.S., the use of wired drillpipe and automated drilling has improved efficiency. Williams indicated that there are future growth opportunities for additional wired drillpipe and drillpipe enhanced with RFID over the next several quarters. Continue reading
The use of RFID by healthcare providers and other stakeholders is expanding. According to projections from Grand View Research, the healthcare market for RFID is expected to reach $3.89 billion by 2022, with a compound annual growth rate of 24.7%. That’s because more and more companies have found that RFID can provide a host of improvements that range from increased efficiency to cost reductions, and patient safety. Here are five ways RFID is already improving healthcare.
1. Improved surgical instrument tracking: A number of hospitals are using the technology to track surgical instruments and other items in order to save time in the OR by eliminating manual counts, to reduce the risk of infection by ensuring each item is properly sterilized, and to better manage instrument inventories. Xerafy has successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of instrument tracking at a number of facilities.<--more-->;
2. Improved patient safety: In addition to ensuring instruments are properly sterilized, RFID can be used to safely manage medications in a hospital using “smart” cabinets. RFID patient ID bands can also help ensure patients receive the right dose of each medication at the right time. In some facilities, RFID has even been used to track the location of dementia patients to prevent them from wandering away.
3. Better supply chain management: Hospitals are under increasing pressure to reduce costs. By using RFID to track inventories of supplies and medical devices, providers can create solutions that automatically trigger supply orders based on real-time inventory information. This can help avoid unnecessary orders and ensure staff can access the materials they need. Xerafy and VUEMED have partnered to create just such a solution for the healthcare supply chain.
4. UDI compliance: The FDA requires medical device manufacturers uniquely mark medical devices to help streamline tracking and recall management. By using RFID tags for UDI applications, manufacturers can remain compliant while allowing healthcare providers to more easily track and manage their equipment within a healthcare facility – all without the line-of-sight scanning requirements of a barcode solution.
5. Improved asset management: Nurses and doctors waste hours each week searching for equipment. By attaching RFID tags to wheelchairs, beds, IV pumps, and other items, hospitals can track their location and improve asset utilization. This saves time for caregivers, and helps hospitals avoid making unnecessary capital purchases by providing a more accurate asset count.
These are just five of the ways RFID is already improving operations for healthcare companies. As healthcare companies continue to adopt this technology, the benefits will only continue to expand. For more information on how Xerafy’s RFID solutions can create value for healthcare providers, visit our website.
For information technology (IT) departments managing data centers and large stocks of desktop computers, laptops and other equipment spread across an enterprise, asset management can be particularly challenging. In addition to the large number of similar assets to be tracked, IT departments also do lifecycle tracking to ensure obsolete equipment is replaced and properly disposed of in compliance with environmental and data security requirements.
The global IT asset management market is growing at a CAGR of 7.52% through 2020, according to a recent report. Part of that growth is being driven by data security and other regulations that require companies to maintain auditable records for every IT asset in certain industries (particularly finance and healthcare).
That’s where RFID streamlines IT asset management and can make a big difference. Unlike asset tags that include human readable or barcoded information, RFID tags can be read without requiring line of sight. In a data center, where servers and other equipment may be housed on hard-to-reach racking, the technology can make it much easier and faster to locate a specific server, for example. Continue reading