Interest in using RFID for hospital operations is clearly growing, and is part of a larger move toward “smart” equipment and supply management that combines sensors, RFID, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other technologies.
Hospitals face competing pressures related to reimbursement, integration, and other issues. C-suite executives now recognize that an intelligent supply chain can help cut costs and improve patient outcomes. That continues to be reflected in market forecasts.
Market Research Engine offers a new report that indicates the smart healthcare product market will exceed more than $57 billion by 2023, with a CAGR of 8%. iHealthcareAnalyst expects the smart healthcare systems market to have a CAGR of 7.2% through 2020. Transparency Market Research, meanwhile, predicts the healthcare machine-to-machine (M2M) will grow at a rate of 22.5%. Continue reading
The industrial Internet of Things (IoT) relies on more than just RFID tags and smart sensors: An entire infrastructure of reliable networks and powerful analytics tools will be needed to make the industrial IoT work. In a recent article over at IoT blog site Readwrite, Jason Andersen, vice president of business line management at Stratus Technologies, has outlined some of the ways companies must respond to the complexity of the industrial IoT. As Andersen writes, “bigger problems with more expensive equipment require bigger solutions with more intricate, more connected technology.”
Challenges for Industrial IoT
Many manufacturing operations are running older operational equipment and new information technology separately, but that may be unsustainable. The industrial IoT brings those two worlds together, but requires a new type of infrastructure that is virtualized, easy to use, and always on. It also requires standards and better IT security. Continue reading
The RFID tomorrow 2016 conference hails from Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 19-20. This international conference features not only numerous technology companies, but also user experts from various industries adopting RFID technology like the retail, logistics, healthcare and security sector. User Day on September 20 features three expert forums focused on a use case perspective. Among these use cases are companies who have worked with Xerafy for their RFID implementations. You will hear speakers from Denmark, Finland, and Canada, as well as from the Charité Berlin, — who used tags from Xerafy for surgical tracking.
Item RFID Labelling Works for Tracking Sterilised Products at Charité CFM Facility Management
Sadmir Osmancevic, Head of Department Charité CSSD (Central sterile services Department) will introduce the RFID application in reprocessing cycles.
In 2015 two parallel projects were launched at two different locations, each with the aim of documenting the product life cycles of dental handpieces and contra-angles from the dental clinic and document rigid endoscopic optics. This tracking system uses Xerafy autoclavable RFID tags.
The transponders are detected both at the beginning of the preparation during the loading process of the cleaning equipment as well as in the packaging prior to the sterilization. In the application, antenna reader combinations are used that are integrated via LAN into the network. The employee simply has to hold the instrument to be cleaned in front of the antenna. The limited read range ensures that only one instrument is recognized at a time. The system achieves very good results when cleaning with mild alkaline cleaners and during thermal disinfection and steam sterilization. Continue reading
Medical device manufacturers have received some additional direction for their unique device identifier (UDI) efforts.
In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offered additional draft guidance to clarify the form and content of tracking labels for medical devices under the UDI program. These unique device identifiers must appear in both plain text and be scannable via automated identification and data capture technology. The new draft guidance specifies that the automated mark must be barcode scannable or use similar technology – including RFID.
According to the document, device manufacturers can use several types of AIDC technology – i.e., linear and 2D barcodes, or barcodes along with RFID or similar technology. Specific to RFID, in cases where the data capture technology that is not visible to the human eye upon visual examination of the label or device package, the manufacturer must disclose the presence of the AIDC technology. The FDA has not required a specific type of marking or symbol for disclosure, so labelers will have greater flexibility in designing their packaging. Continue reading
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations present a number of challenges for manufacturers and other companies. Tracking is often done manually, requiring technicians to read serial numbers of hard-to-reach parts and then keep notes on their work. In the aviation industry, MRO can be an even bigger challenge because of the level of documentation required to comply with federal regulations and to ensure the safety of the aircraft. RFID meets the MRO challenge.
According to a report released by Research and Markets last year, the global aircraft engine MRO market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.42% through 2019. That means even more technicians will need to document work performed on a larger number of parts than ever before. Manufacturers and operators will need a way to effectively track maintenance histories and repair parts – and RFID provides an effective and reliable way to do so. Continue reading