It’s been a busy few weeks for Xerafy. We demonstrated our rugged RFID tags and surgical instrument tracking solutions at both the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Conference and Expo (May 7-10) and at RFID Journal LIVE! (May 9-11). And we had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with many professionals implementing RFID solutions in their workplaces and discuss the challenges and best practices for these solutions.
We’d like to thank all of our customers and visitors who dropped by our booths at both events – we hope you had a successful and educational experience.
At the IAHCSMM event in Nashville, Xerafy was on hand with surgical instrument and medical device tracking technology that conforms to sterilization standards as well as the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) requirements.
RFID Journal LIVE! in Phoenix included lively healthcare conference track. After attendees heard about the latest trends in RFID and detailed case studies that demonstrated how the technology could be used to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency, many stopped by for a live demo of Xerafy’s solutions for these applications.
If you were at either event, please drop us a line and tell us what you thought of the conferences, what you saw that was particularly interesting, and what you learned!
Xerafy’s surgical instrument tracking solutions have helped numerous healthcare providers improve patient safety and inventory management. Analyst firm Frost & Sullivan has recognized Xerafy’s work in the healthcare market by naming the company the winner of its 2017 Global RFID Surgical Instrument Tracking New Product Innovation Award.
According to Frost & Sullivan: “Xerafy’s surgical instrument tracking system optimizes a hospital’s workflow, provides automated traceability in real time and improves patient safety. The solution enables up to 97% of all surgical instruments to be tagged, enabling average cost savings of more than $3 million from increased staff efficiency and optimized operating room (OR) time.”
“Xerafy’s solution delivers critical and actionable information regarding asset tracking and traceability, reduces training requirements, and aids fast implementation,” said Frost & Sullivan Global Director, Venkat Rajan. “The system offers software for use in a variety of mobile devices for easy integration into existing workflows and systems, allowing customers to track and find assets on the go throughout their organization.”
Xerafy will be back at RFID Journal LIVE! in Phoenix, AZ, May 9-11, with a family of products dedicated to Healthcare.
This year’s conference includes a robust healthcare conference track, including case studies on how RFID has improved hospital navigation, pharmaceutical tracking, inventory and asset management, as well as improving patient safety and preventing infant abductions for end users like the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC), University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, and Conway Regional Health System.
On the technology side, the Internet of Things (IoT) also has its own track, including sessions that outline how RFID will enable the industrial IoT, how to monetize the technology, and case studies in both supply chain and industrial segments. The conference will also feature master classes on application development and benchmarking UHF RFID hardware.
Come visit Xerafy at RFID Journal LIVE! in booth #442.
What are you most interested in seeing or learning about at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017?
Clients regularly ask us about the return on investment (ROI) and return on experience (ROE) for point-of-care RFID surgical instrument tracking projects. Here we’ve compiled a summary of four deployments documented by healthcare providers over the past several years.
The case for tracking at Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin
The cost of manual instrument tracking was a primary driver for Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, recognized as Germany’s best hospital. The time and cost of tracking 300,000 surgical instruments was growing at an unsustainable rate. In order to properly service and document instrument lifecycles, the hospital needed a technology that could bypass the identification and reading limitation inherent in contaminated instruments, while ensuring seamless tracking operations in the Central Sterile Supply department both before and during sterilization.
In 2016, the hospital began deploying Xerafy’s autoclavable RFID tags to track instruments. Any doubts staff had about the ability of the tags to function through multiple sterilizations were quickly put to rest through rigorous pre-deployment testing.
“We were able to test all the treatment processes that were used throughout the usual life cycle in test scenarios. There were no problems,” said Sadmir Oasmancevic, Head of CSSD.
The tags’ performance was established over 1,000 sterilization cycles, including exposure to chemicals, mechanical stress during transport, and material expansion during high temperatures. Similar testing on the biocompatible glue used to adhere the tags to the instruments showed no risk of dislodgement while withstanding contact with blood-, saline- and iodine-containing substances.
Most importantly, the usability of the retrofitted instruments was not impaired, and suppliers were able to confirm the instruments still met existing certifications. Continue reading