The medical device company will unveil its latest prototypes of RFID-enabled surgical instruments developed in partnership with Xerafy Ltd.
As a result of months-long research and development efforts by Novo Surgical’s engineering and quality control teams, and using patented Xerafy RFID technology, Novo Surgical is now ready to unveil its first-generation of RFID-enabled surgical instrument prototypes at this year’s IAHCSMM 2017 conference in Nashville, Tennessee, taking place from May 7 through 9.
“We’re excited to present our first-generation of smart instruments developed in collaboration with Xerafy,” said Abed Moiduddin, Vice-President of Business Development at Novo Surgical. “Novo customers have demonstrated a strong interest in these next generation devices, and while our de-velopment efforts are ongoing, we couldn’t be happier than to partner with Xerafy, a pioneer in RFID technologies for healthcare environments.”
Dennis Khoo, Xerafy’s CEO, adds, “Our development cooperation with Novo Surgical is a signifi-cant step towards our vision of seamless tracking in healthcare. By integrating Xerafy’s technology into the very design of instruments, Novo Surgical is transforming ‘next’ into ‘now’.”
Xerafy developed and validated its healthcare-proof RFID technology over the years with UHF RFID tags and the design-in concept for surgical instruments — both patented by Xerafy. Following de-ployment of RFID-enabled surgical instrument tracking, Rigshospitalet in Denmark estimated it saved 31,000 hours a year in OR procedures alone.
RFID tracking comes with unique capabilities and benefits, compared to procedures such as man-ual counting or visual identification systems, making it the new standard for hospitals. From auto-mated tracking and tracing that reduces errors and avoids loss of equipment, to storing large amounts of user data like instrument location, history and sterilization, RFID and “smart” instru-ments result in reduced errors, decreased loss of surgical instruments, increased visibility and effi-ciency, superior demand forecasting and ultimately improved patient outcomes.
The RFID-enabled smart surgical instruments will be on display at Novo Surgical’s booth #1010 at the IAHCSMM Annual Conference and Expo with demonstrations of the RFID tracking workflow available in Xerafy’s booth #1217.
Attend the Novo Surgical presentations on the show floor and earn 0.5 CE credits. “Visual In-spection vs. Validated IFUs: An ‘Invisible’ Patient Safety Issue,” will be presented on Monday, May 8th, from 3:30 to 4:00 pm and again on Tuesday, May 9th, from 9:30 to 10:00 am at Novo Surgical’s booth #1010. These presentations will explore the critical patient safety implica-tions of relying on instructions for use for medical devices with cleaning instructions that have not been validated by independent laboratories to be effective.
About Novo Surgical, Inc.:
Novo Surgical, Inc., is a medical device company offering a comprehensive line of general and spe-cialty surgical instruments to healthcare providers worldwide. The company’s portfolio contains more than 12,000 instruments across all surgical specialties, including orthopedics, spine, cardio-thoracic, plastic, sinus, ophthalmology, gynecology, arthroscopy, laparoscopy and microsurgery. The company focuses on streamlining its supply chain to provide industry-leading values in the market. Novo Surgical also offers custom instrument design and manufacture.
Contact: Abed Moiduddin, VP Marketing & Business Development
About Xerafy Ltd.:
Xerafy works closely with operating rooms, central sterile supply departments, sterile processing departments, medical distributors, and surgical instrument manufacturers to deliver real time hospi-tal tracking. Our mission is to support medical standards and streamline the management process, enabling hospitals to track, locate and manage assets in real time. Xerafy is headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in the U.S., UK and China.
Contact: Michel Gillmann, Marketing Director
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.
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
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
SEATTLE AND HONG KONG – Hong Kong-based Xerafy and Seattle-based VUEMED have announced a new partnership to transform the healthcare supply chain with their groundbreaking RFID-based hardware and software solutions for tracking and managing healthcare devices and supplies from the loading dock to the procedure room.
Xerafy is a global leader in the development of Gen2 passive UHF RFID metal tags. Xerafy has recognized for some time that its customers are looking beyond using RFID for just tracking surgical instruments and trays; they are also seeking out RFID technology for a rapidly expanding variety of hospital operations. Their work is part of a larger move toward “smart” equipment and supply management that combines sensors, RFID, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other technologies. Xerafy offers improvements for end user workflow, customized data capture technologies, and RF analysis and optimization techniques.
VUEMED has developed cutting-edge clinical data capture solutions that use barcode scanning and UHF Gen2 Passive (RAIN) RFID technologies, such as VueTrack-RF, that work hand-in-hand with Xerafy’s tagging technology. VUEMED also offers Cloud-based data reporting and analytics and a Cloud-based UDI compliant and clinically-driven master products database for healthcare. Continue reading
Xerafy’s RFID tags will track 11,000 surgical instruments, improving productivity, reducing infection risk and eliminating misplaced instruments.
HONG KONG, June 7, 2016 – Xerafy, the world’s leading innovator of RFID metal tags, announced its durable, autoclavable RFID tags will be used at a Mexican hospital to track 11,000 surgical instruments during surgical procedures and throughout the sterilization and maintenance processes.
The 246-bed hospital with 13 surgical rooms serves a community of five million people. DOIHI is a division of the construction firm GIA, and provides surgical tools to HRAEI, in addition to maintaining and sterilizing the tools, providing asset management services.
Development and Operation of Hospital Infrastructure of Ixtapaluca (DOIHI), the asset management organization at the Regional Specialty Hospital of Ixtapaluca (HRAEI) in Mexico, will use Xerafy’s UHF RFID tags as part of its RFID solution provided by Xerafy’s partner, HTK, to track and manage surgical tools and other hospital’s assets. Xerafy’s autoclavable XS and XXS tags are glued to each surgical instrument, and the unique ID number encoded to that tag was paired in the HTK software with details about the tool to which it was attached. Continue reading
Tracking individual drill pipe joints with RFID technology opens new possibilities for improved documentation, process efficiency, cost savings and risk reduction
Hong Kong, Feb 2, 2016 – Chinese petroleum and chemical corporation Sinopec Shengli Oilfield is using Xerafy’s Xplorer RFID tags in field tests to track the downhole pipes on its onshore oil site, believed to be the first UHF RFID application of its kind in the oil and gas industry. Leveraging RFID traceable drill pipes, the Shengli Oilfield is able to track 1,380 drill pipes at seven well sites using RFID handheld readers and software supplied by VictorySoft. The pilot operation took around three months with every well opening a depth of approximately 2,500 meters. For the next stage, a well-centered antenna will be put in place to read the tag as the pipe moves through it while being tripped. With the success of the pilot, the Shengli Oilfield expects to substantially expand the deployment of Xplorer tags to additional drill strings and sites in 2016.
Xerafy Xplorer is a patent-pending, UHF RFID tag that is constructed with high-strength steel and polymer, and is specially designed to be embedded in a hole milled into the drill joint to track each individual pipe. Using RFID is key to improving the previously impossible task of tracking and capturing data on the individual pipes. Shengli Oilfield did not have an efficient way of managing their drilling pipes. The pipes were counted manually before and after the drilling process, which resulted in inaccurate inventory management, inefficient asset utilization, and potential safety risk. Continue reading