Infochip to launch TESSALink asset management platform at OTC 2017, integrating Xerafy’s technology for the Oil & Gas industry

 

InfoChip will launch its next generation TESSALink asset management software platform at Offshore Technology Conference 2017. TESSALink integrates Xerafy’s long-range RFID technology for oil & gas with its suite of mobile and cloud-based applications for logistics and safety inspections.IC

Designed for the harshest environments, the solution helps users better manage oilfield assets including drilling tools, frac iron, BOP components and subsea risers. Adoption is made easy with oil & gas industry forms. Reliable field synchronization ensures accurate data. Granular user control ensures the right users perform the right work. This extends to the operator’s ecosystem of suppliers and testing teams alike. At the end of the job, TESSALink’s cloud reporting and big data analytics schedule conditional maintenance for asset maximization and increased safety.

At the core of the solution exists Xerafy’s durable, harsh environment RFID technology. Xerafy’s patented tag technology is combined with Infochip’s expertise in packaging to create application specific form factors that meet the most challenging environments.

Particularly gaining a lot of upstream adoption is the Xplorer, the world’s first and only UHF tag that is tested and validated to survive downhole conditions. With an average of 15 million new pipe and other tubular assets being manufactured every year, and with the technology’s ability to increase the life of that asset by as much as 50 percent, the industry is adopting the technology at a growing rate.

Visit InfoChip May 1-4 at OTC 2017 in Houston, booth #815.

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is where energy professionals meet to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters.
OTC is the largest event in the world for the oil and gas industry featuring more than 2,300 exhibitors, and attendees representing 100 countries. (http://2017.otcnet.org/)

About InfoChip LP:
InfoChip tracks the untrackable. Ultra-durable RFID, mobile apps, readers and our powerful cloud database help make asset management simple for your most challenging classes of equipment, such as Oil & Gas Assets, Lifting Equipment, Hose, Pipe, Tools, Pumps, Valves, etc.

Contact: Tom Bamford, VP Channel Sales & Marketing, Partner
tom.bamford@infochip.com
www.infochip.com

About Xerafy Ltd.:
Xerafy enables real-time traceability and asset management in Healthcare, Oil & Gas and Manufacturing. We lead in RFID innovations for demanding environments and redefine the market expectations for durable and reliable performance. Xerafy is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in the U.S., U.K. and China.

Contact: Michel Gillmann, Marketing Director
michel.gillmann@xerafy.com
www.xerafy.com

Going to IAHCSMM 2017? Expect UDI compliance to be in the spotlight

As UDI compliance deadlines draw closer, Xerafy demos solutions for compliance at this year’s IAHCSMM.

imgresEach year, central service and sterilization specialists from around the world gather at the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) Conference and Expo to learn about the latest industry trends and challenges, receive hands-on training, and see new technology that can help them do their jobs better.

This year’s event in Nashville —May 7 through 10 — features a mix of regulatory information, new technology, and practical advice. Attendees will learn the latest on AAMI sterilization standards as well as the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) regulation affects central service processes. As one of the goals of the program is to link patient information to the UDI, central service personnel will have a role to play in keeping track of that data, and doing so could affect sterilization processes.

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Meaningful Use Stage 3 will require submission of the UDI data to the patient medical record starting in January 2018, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may update its billing processes to require the UDI for reimbursement. Having an accurate record of when each surgical instrument or medical device was used, which patient was involved, and whether or not the device was properly sterilized will be even more important than ever.

That’s where automation and UHF RFID can play an important role, by streamlining these track and trace activities. Xerafy will be at IAHCSMM for our fourth year at the conference, demonstrating at Booth #1217 the latest RFID-based surgical instrument and medical device tracking technology.

What are you most interested in seeing or learning about at IAHCSMM 2017?

Join the conversation and meet us at IAHCSMM in Nashville, Tennessee, May 7-10, booth 1217.

UDI implementation at point of care: Are you ready for your next deadline?

With a number of upcoming deadlines for implementation of UDI at U.S. hospitals, here is a summary of what you need to know, with a selection of useful links.images

We are moving into the final phases of the FDA’s Unique Device Identifier (UDI) marking requirements. The European Parliament, meanwhile, has endorsed new regulations with similar requirements for tracking medical devices and implants, giving manufacturers three years to comply.

While compliance with these regulations does represent a cost for device manufacturers, there are also opportunities – and using RFID tags for UDI can play a large role.

Although RFID may be more expensive than barcode labeling, for certain classes of devices the costs can be amortized over many years. In addition, RFID enables companies to go beyond just compliance. Using the tags, manufacturers and hospitals can improve inventory and recall management, improve billing accuracy, and impact patient safety.

In fact, a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety, combining RFID and UDI can have a big impact on patient safety and outcomes. Rugged, autoclavable RFID tags can capture item-specific information on sterilization, reduce or eliminate the incidence of retained surgical instruments (RSIs), and ensure surgical kits are properly stocked.

What is the biggest challenge you are facing with UDI at your hospital?

Join the conversation and meet us at IAHCSMM in Nashville, Tennessee, May 7-10, booth 1217.

Xerafy Named Leading Surgical Instrument Tracking Provider

Xerafy demo kit - tray and instrumentsProperly tracking surgical instruments through use in the operating theater to sterilization and back into inventory can be a daunting manual task. Without the use of automatic identification, nurses and other staff have to manually count the instruments in each surgical kit before — and after — every procedure, and the items have to be verified again to ensure they were sterilized before being put back into service.

Manual methods can lead to instrument loss or mistakes in record keeping that result in unnecessary purchases at best, or increased patient infections at worst. That’s why Xerafy has made this type of instrument tracking a key focus in its healthcare business. Our RFID tags can help automate this entire process, eliminate manual data entry mistakes, and ensure 100% sterilization of every instrument while providing an auditable record that can be used for compliance purposes.

Xerafy’s efforts in this space have led to its recognition as one of the top surgical instrument tracking system providers according to Grand View Research.

The company’s new report on the surgical instrument tracking systems market predicts that the technology will reach a value of $442.9 million by 2025. In 2015, the market size was valued at $83.5 million. Continue reading