Hospital 4.0: The Next Evolution of Connected Healthcare

Technologies like the IoT, Big Data analysis, and RFID will enable a new connected model of healthcare, Hospital 4.0, that will improve safety and reduce costs.

There’s been a lot of talk about Industry 4.0, the next evolution of manufacturing that will incorporate the connectivity machines, people, and finished goods to provide complete, real-time visibility into the manufacturing process. A similar evolution is happening in the healthcare space that RFID Journal has dubbed Hospital 4.0 – and it relies equally on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics, and real-time data collection.

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Xerafy Healthcare Whitepaper Featured on Medical Design Briefs

The following is an excerpt of Xerafy Healthcare whitepaper entitled “RFID for Medical Device and Surgical Instrument Tracking” originally published on  Medical Design Briefs on September 1, 

Ensuring patient safety and quality of care has become an increasingly technology-reliant process for most healthcare providers. With 4,000 reported “retained surgery items” cases per year in the United States alone, hospitals have turned to automatic identification technology such as RFID to track medical devices and surgical instruments. Leading hospitals like the Mayo Clinic’s Saint Mary’s Hospital in Minnesota and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have deployed RFID to track equipment, surgical instruments, and staff members.
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An operating room in China during an onsite institution survey. (Credit: Xerafy)

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Instructions for Use: The Sterilization Challenge

Hospital central sterile departments often have difficulty managing compliance with IFUs; RFID can help automate inventory and compliance processes.

In a recent article published entitled “Insufficient for Understanding: Are IFUs Failing Us or Are We Failing Them?” , writer Hank Balch outlines the gaps in understanding between front-line central sterile service department (CSSD) employees and the instructions for use (IFUs) provided for medical devices and surgical instruments that explain how to clean, sterilize and maintain each item. Following is an expert from the article, originally published by NewSplash/Ultra Clean Systems:

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IIoT Technology Will be the Heart of the Smart Factory

New “smart factories” will require a high degree of digitization and real-time data. RFID, sensors and other industrial internet of things (IIoT) technologies will enable this new level of visibility.

As interest in creating “smart factories” increases, manufacturers are turning to the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to improve factory efficiency and prevent machine failures. This will require a high level of automation and increased visibility enabled by RFID, sensors, and other technology. The ability to “see” the entire production process and adjust or control it remotely is a key part of Industry 4.0 – a concept for the future of manufacturing that includes interoperability, information transparency, decentralized decision making, and connectivity.


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