Increasingly, healthcare decisions are driven by data – electronic medical records (EMRs) have been implemented in the majority of healthcare facilities; and these systems provide data that is generating new insights into disease patterns and treatment approaches. Turning this healthcare information into actionable intelligence requires Big Data solutions and analysis.
Big Data can pose significant challenges for healthcare providers. HIPAA and HiTECH regulations impose strict requirements around the storage, management, and sharing of protected health information (PHI). Healthcare organizations are also tasked with managing the capacity to store and archive the data, and then make it available in ways that allow researchers and other staff to easily access the information and create useful reports.
According to this piece in Information Age, even a small pathology lab with a small slide scanner can generate as much as 15 terabytes of data each year.
“Looking at numbers like this, and when you start to consider what is required to successfully store this data, it quickly becomes clear that pathology laboratories, as well as hospitals and other medical research institutions, have a significant task on their hands,” says author Ben Rossi. Continue reading
Xerafy’s Xplorer RFID tag has brought new levels of visibility to the oil and gas industry. The rugged tag is designed for tracking drill pipes and oil tubes used in petroleum drilling operations. At the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, Xerafy partner InfoChip, in conjunction with Pepperl & Fuchs, will demo durable RFID solutions via a display of a drill/riser string asset scanning application along with the associated RFID hardware. This new solution captures data from the riser confirms its spot in the drill string and keeps non-compliant product from being used. The Pepperl & Fuchs reader is in a purged box and certified for offshore use, while Xerafy’s ATEX certified UHF Xplorer tag is passive.
Durable RFID Solutions provide critical intelligence for safety, longevity and compliance
RFID-based data capture can maximize the life of downhole drilling assets. These assets must be managed and tracked reliably to make sure the right items are used for appropriate operations, and that inventory, maintenance, inspection and other records are up to date. This not only improves efficiency, but also ensures equipment meets industry safety regulations, which can help reduce — or even eliminate — accidents and failures.
Riser joints on offshore drilling platforms are highly regulated because of the stresses they are exposed to. Companies must keep comprehensive records to ensure risers are well maintained and safe.
Please check the demo video here
For the past three years, Xerafy has participated in the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) Conference to promote both patient safety and improving the efficiency and traceability of sterile instrument processing.
IAHCSMM is an annual conference dedicated to central sterile supply department (CSPD) professionals to ensure they receive the training and tools needed to properly manage inventories and monitor sterilization processes, which is no easy task, especially when important items tend to disappear or get misplaced and those errors can be costly or even life threatening.
This year, Xerafy will showcase its award winning surgical instrument tracking solution that hospitals using our rugged tags can track surgical instruments during kit preparation, monitor instruments and trays in the operating room, and automate counting and checking instruments before and after procedures. For the central sterile service department in a hospital, this type of automation enables quality improvement, improves asset management, and helps reduce infections in the hospital by ensuring proper sterilization. Continue reading
Big Data is a big deal in many industries and especially for scientific research, but in the healthcare space adoption has been tentative. According to this post in the Harvard Business Review, though, Big Data’s time may have finally come in healthcare.
Healthcare providers and payers are increasingly investing in analytics capabilities. One of the primary reasons this is happening is because of new reimbursement models that rely on documentation and measurement of outcomes. But hospitals and other providers are also trying to use the mass of electronic data they’ve collected in their electronic health records and other systems to do clinical research, to identify trends and patterns in local diagnoses, and to develop solutions and clinical responses that can improve treatment.
One big challenge is that most healthcare data is unstructured and comes in a variety of formats – images, files, charts, spreadsheets, etc. The National Institutes of Health launched a Big Data to Knowledge Initiative so that biomedical researchers can better access and use big data. Continue reading
RFID has become an increasingly common part of the technology environment in hospitals, but tagging/tracking solutions are most often retrofit into existing facilities. At what will soon be the largest hospital in Northern Europe, RFID – including Xerafy’s rugged tags – will play an integral role in the healthcare ecosystem.
The New University Hospital is an extension of the existing Aarhus University Hospital, and is the largest hospital project in the history of Denmark. The hospital is also designed to meet the future demands of technology, treatments and ways of working. When completed in 2019, Denmark’s New University Hospital (DNU) will be able to treat 100,000 inpatient visitors each year, and another 900,000 outpatient clients accounting for 40-50 percent of all treatment in the region of Central Jutland. It will also be able to track 350,000 assets and individuals using 2,500 fixed RFID readers.
DNU looked at the available technologies that can help them streamline operations and improve efficiency and the RFID solution, which is being provided by Xerafy’s partner Lyngsoe Systems, is focused initially on the general tracking of equipment. The facility uses a wide variety of passive RFID tags, including Xerafy’s Cargo Trak on-metal tags for metal containers and equipment such as roll cages which are mobile and needs to be tracked around the hospital. The Cargo Trak is chosen because it delivers a strong read performance of up to 39 feet (12m), meets MIL-STD-810F specification for impact, vibration, comes with a strong adhesive and is IP68 for industrial wash and cleaning. Continue reading