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
The creation, implementation, and enforcement of policies, processes and standards plays a critical role in safety and efficiency in the healthcare industry. For example, to improve patient safety and reduce medical device-related errors, injuries, and deaths, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced a new requirement, Unique Device Identification (UDI), to improve identification and tracking of medical devices. Under UDI, every medical device in use in the U.S. will have a unique code embedded within it and displayed on its packaging. By tracking these codes in a central database and recording reports of adverse events, the FDA will be able to identify product problems faster, target recalls more accurately, and reduce related errors, injuries, and deaths. To comply with these new regulations, medical device manufacturers must be able to capture, enrich, and manage accurate device attributes from their enterprise databases so they can then submit accurate, consistent, complete, and timely data to the FDA Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID).
With the same objectives to strengthen the supervision and management of medical devices and the sterile process in China, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC) has recently revised the Central Sterile Supply Department Management Regulations which will be released soon. These new guidelines will help define and ensure traceability and auditability of sterile medical devices as well as a system to ensure data accuracy and continuous process improvement of the sterilization management. Continue reading
As the annual AORN Surgical Conference & Expo kicks off April 2 through April 6, Xerafy, will bring fresh RFID demo solutions for surgical instrument tracking to the table. The event is the largest and most anticipated event among perioperative professionals. Together with more than 480 other exhibitors, Xerafy will showcase a demo of OR surgical instrument management to solve everyday needs in the OR.
Xerafy’s exhibit will highlight RFID healthcare solutions which include not only surgical instrument and tray tracking– but also a demonstration of the instrument workflow management in the OR. Delegates at the convention will experience first-hand how our solution efficiently accounts for surgical instruments both before and after a surgery, improving productivity and accuracy in the OR.
This will also be the first time Xerafy showcases the world’s smallest UHF RFID tag, the XXS, since its launch late last year. The XXS tags — specifically designed for tagging surgical instruments — are durable enough to withstand repeated sterilization cycles. The incorporation of unique device identifiers means medical devices can be tracked throughout their distribution and use, and when tied into electronic health information systems, strengthens the national medical device post-market tracking system. Continue reading