The U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) Unique Device Identification (UDI) program to permanently identify medical device was conceived to help improve product traceability, improve safety, and accelerate device recalls.
That program was designed to provide flexibility to device manufacturers, in that they can use a variety of automatic identification technologies – including both barcodes and RFID tags/labels to identify their devices.But is there an RFID prescription for drug tracking?
In the pharmaceutical market, using the concept of UDI for prescription drug packaging has the ability to improve transactions throughout the supply chain —— from the manufacturers all the way to the patients —— by providing manufacturers with a means to track individual units from their labelling stage all the way to their customers and beyond if UDI standard are paired such standards with the right reporting technology. For hospitals, it provides a standard that they could adopt to track each SKU and within each SKU, each unit, from the point of entry to the point of use in their MMIS, clinical documentation, and billing systems, using the same unique identifier. Continue reading
As we move forward into 2017, future prospects look bright for both the RFID industry at large and for Xerafy specifically. There are a number of positive trends that will impact traditional RFID markets, and that will encourage the adoption of rugged, on-metal RFID applications.
These trends include:
Recovery in oil and gas markets. Oil prices have been at historic lows due to OPEC’s strategy to keep production high in order to curb competition from domestic producers in the United States. Those low prices have cut into profits, and in turn reduced technology investment by oil companies. With OPEC’s decision to cut production this year, oil prices will return to $60-$80 per barrel and spur investment in RFID use.
The digital transformation of healthcare. Healthcare digital transformation will be driven by greater demand for traceability and transparency across the entire supply chain as stakeholders attempt to reduce costs, to improve security and safety, and to meet new regulatory requirements in the United States and in Europe. Medical device traceability requirements in the U.S., in particular, will lead more manufacturers to invest in RFID.
Growth of the Internet of Things. The IoT market will continue to expand with better security, faster computing power and Big Data. Growth in smart equipment and in smart cities will spur even more investment in intelligent sensors and RFID tags in order to enable this universe of connected assets. Forbes has even more thoughts on this.
Analytics will be in more demand. With all of the data generated by IoT systems, more and more companies will turn to Big Data solutions to help generate meaningful business information and optimize operations. (You can read more about the importance of analytics in our previous blogs.)
On-metal applications will be in the spotlight. RFID read-on-metal tag applications will become more mainstream across most industries in the coming year. This will be driven, in part, by continued investments in the key markets of healthcare and oil and gas production, but also in other applications – automotive and aerospace traceability, smart cities, connected assets/maintenance, etc.
We at Xerafy are looking forward to a productive, exciting year of RFID expansion.
Xerafy sends you our warmest wishes for a joyful holiday season and a prosperous new year!
Assets are part of every business operation, from the plant floor to the office, and from the oil field to the operating room. However, traditional asset management approaches are often error-prone or labor intensive. Manual methods are time-consuming and can lead to mistakes (such as transposed serial numbers). While barcode scanning solutions are more accurate, they require line-of-sight scanning, which can be difficult when it comes to heavy equipment or items with difficult to reach labeling (like servers installed on a crowded rack at a data center). RFID improves asset management. RFID tags can be combined with enterprise asset management software to provide a faster, more efficient, and much more accurate solution for maintaining asset location and condition records.
The types of rugged, passive RFID tags that Xerafy provides can be attached to a wide array of difficult to tag assets (such as metal equipment or curved items) and in extreme environments (where the tags are exposed to shock, vibration, chemicals, liquids, and extreme temperatures).
Using handheld or fixed RFID readers, companies can quickly capture data from large numbers of assets at once, which can reduce data collection from hours down to seconds. By strategically placing readers in doorways, companies can even gain a near real-time view of asset locations. Continue reading
At Xerafy, we’ve helped a number of hospitals and other healthcare organizations improve their operations using rugged RFID solutions. Hospitals are using RFID to track everything from surgical instruments to large assets like beds and wheelchairs, and even patients.
Over time, RFID technology has proven its ability to provide a strong return on investment (ROI) in the hospital environment. Below are five benefits of RFID that are key improvement areas contributing to ROI, based on Xerafy’s experience with hospital customers around the globe.
In the operating theater, nurses and other staff waste time manually counting surgical instruments before and after each procedure. While this process is time consuming, it is necessary to ensure patient safety (no instruments are inadvertently sewn up inside the patient), to make sure the right tools are available for the procedure, and to reduce asset loss. Using RFID, these manual counts are eliminated and hospitals can automatically track instruments as they pass through sterilization processes. Continue reading