Xerafy Dental Instrument Tracking in the News

LMDTS-reader-cassettes-webWe wrote late last year about an innovative dental instrument tracking application at Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM). The application leverages Xerafy’s Dot XS and Dash XS ceramic RFID tags to track autoclavable dental instruments, as well as the Xerafy Pico and Slim Trak tags to track instrument cassettes (sets of instruments).

That case study was recently the subject of a lengthy profile story from RFID Journal that more fully outlines the solution, which was developed via a partnership between Xerafy and dental instrument supplier LM-Dental.

LM-Dental provides pre-tagged dental instruments, while CDM staff attach Xerafy tags to any non-LM instruments used at the school. There will be as many as 20,000 tagged instruments in use by students by the end of the year.

The RFID solution ensures that all of the instruments are accounted for and available for each procedure, and maintains sterilization data on each instrument and cassette. In the past, students had to keep track of all of this information manually. Tabletop RFID readers in various locations in the facility track instrument movement. Continue reading

Get the best print results on Xerafy’s popular flexible Metal Skin series of labels

824D16D8-71A2-4EE4-BD93-F9AE8A2F5B90It has been four years since the release of the world’s first flexible Metal Skin label – Mercury. During this time, Xerafy has continued to innovate and enhance the product line, launching different sizes of these flexible labels for various types of applications —Titanium Metal Skin and Platinum Metal Skin.

Fast forward to present, Xerafy’s patented Metal Skin has been widely deployed in the market for all sorts of applications from Healthcare to IT Asset Management, and even Retail. Metal Skin is popular with customers because it is cost effective and one of the best performing RFID labels out there for metal and liquid assets. Because it is flexible and low profile, all sizes of the Metal Skin can easily be printed and encoded using mainstream RFID printers on the market, such as those from Zebra, Sato and Toshiba.

To learn more about Mercury Metal Skin printing set up : Zebra ZM400, Zebra R110Xi4
To learn more about Platinum Metal Skin printing set up : Zebra ZM400
To learn more about Titanium Metal Skin printing set up : Zebra R110Xi4
To watch Mercury and Titanium printing video, please click: SATO CL4NX, Zebra ZM400, TOSHIBA SX5
To watch Platinum printing video, please click: Zebra ZM400

Xerafy and Columbia University at Forefront of Using Tech to Track Dental Instruments

Comp_6003701618Columbia University’s College of Dental Medicine (CDM) recently started an innovative technology-driven program to track dental instruments, believed to be the first of its kind among U.S. dental schools and providing multiple benefits including cost savings and improved inventory management. Using radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, the College is tracking 10,000 dental instruments using metal RFID tags developed by Xerafy. To date, the College has tagged nearly 1,700 dental instrument cassettes (the cases in which the instruments are stored).

As a result, the College has achieved inventory optimization, space efficiency, and is able to track every instrument through the sterilization process, which had been challenging to measure with 100% accuracy prior to implementing this process. For more information, please check here.

Data Analytics Is Where the Real Value of RFID Lies

BIT-DATAWe’re already seeing this play out in retail, where the more than 8.5 billion passive RFID tags attached to merchandise (and the 150 billion that will be in circulation by 2020, according to ChainLink Research) are providing detailed customer information to augment the already impressive amount of shopper history data stores have amassed.

In this report from RFID Journal last year, Mike McCoy, founder of RFID analytics start-up Cofacet, indicated that there’s already an established ROI for real time inventory visibility but additional value can be derived from information interpreted from the data for business improvements. In applications regarding tracking healthcare assets like surgical instruments, medical devices, or complete instrument kits/cassettes, the data generated can do more than just confirm location or track confirm. Hospitals can use that data in the long-term to evaluate asset usage and optimization, review the throughput of each operating suite, track sterilization procedure compliance by employee, and generate the information needed for accreditation. Continue reading

Get the FAQ on RFID for Healthcare Use

Nipic_1672496_20110211165446558137RFID technology is catching on within the healthcare industry, and it’s not hard to understand why many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are looking forward to this RFID revolution. The healthcare industry is a particularly sensitive one that not only deals with strict regulations, but also the mandate to make patient safety the utmost priority when introducing a new technology into its system.

While many healthcare facilities and manufacturers are starting to adopt RFID technology, a handful still remain uncertain of the potential benefits that RFID can provide.  Without the right knowledge of how RFID technology works in the medical field to increase productivity, to enhance patient safety and to minimize unnecessary waste, it can be daunting for one to jump on the bandwagon.

Here are some of frequently asked questions (FAQ) on RFID in healthcare. The FAQ addresses various concerns including the standards governing the use of RFID for surgical instrument tracking, advantages of using the RFID technology, as well as methods of attaching RFID tags securely to surgical instruments.

For more information on RFID on healthcare applications, you may also refer to FAQ on Xerafy’s XS RFID Tag for Healthcare.