RFID in Healthcare

RFID is used in Healthcare by medical device manufacturers, distributors, and hospitals to increase visibility and digitization into their most critical workflows.


Xerafy has created a variety of autoclavable and medical-grade RFID tagging solutions to aid in loaner tracking, consignment inventory, sterile processing, and medical supply chain management.

4 Applications of RFID technology for Healthcare

  1. Loaner Tracking

  2. Consignment Inventory

  3. Sterile Processing

  4. Medical Supply Chain

THE CHALLENGES OF RFID IN HEALTHCARE

  1. How can we avoid adding risk at the point of care? When it comes to the question of RFID technology and Patient Safety, the FDA has adopted a neutral stance: "The FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with RFID."

  2. Reprocessing cycles at hospitals are not technology-friendly, across a wide range of sterilization processes such as Autoclave, EtO, E-Beam, Gamma Radiation

  3. The same observation applies to the numerous chemical cleaners in use across medical facilities

  4. Compliance with FDA UDI (Unique Device Identification) requirements has become critical for medical device manufacturers

  5. Healthcare institutions present a high density of metallic surfaces and assets, which can be challenging for radio frequency identification and other wireless technologies

  6. Technology is expected to be inobtrusive, with form factors and tagging systems adapted to every lifecycle and workflow

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WHAT PARAMETERS TO PRIORITIZE WHEN BUILDING RFID TRACKING SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE?

By deploying the right RFID tracking system, a hospital can build safety and traceability into their processes, enabling them to automatically track, monitor, and safeguard instruments, equipment, supplies, and staff. Xerafy has created a variety of medical-grade and autoclavable RFID tagging solutions to support the digitization of medical device tracking, consignment inventory, sterile processing, and medical supply chain management.

  • Patient Safety - #1 priority for everyone from the institutions to the regulatory agencies, with a stringent evaluation of risks and benefits that applies to any new system.

  • UDI Traceability - The worldwide agenda for traceability gives momentum to device manufacturers looking to leverage technology enablement.

  • Automation - Tracking and monitoring automation helps hospitals incorporate safety and UDI traceability into their operations.

  • Sterilization - Reprocessing procedures are based on manufacturers' IFUs and a facility’s own best practices for cleaning, chemical treatments, and sterilization parameters by autoclave, EtO, E-Beam, or radiation.

  • Devices - Tracking technology provides insight into managing field inventory, trunk stock, and consignment programs.

  • Equipment - Surgical equipment, beds, and stretches are easier and less contentious to track than patients and staff. There are tagging retrofit options available for any asset, workflow, and lifecycle.

 

Xerafy created the market for RFID in Healthcare, with innovations such as the world's smallest RFID tags, Autoclavable, High Temperatures, Chemicals, Shocks. Xerafy RFID Tags include both On-Metal as well as In-Metal options that can be embedded, with customization services available.

 

LOANER TRACKING

Ortho, implants, scopes, laparoscopy: Loaner instrumentation has become essential to Healthcare Institutions and Vendors.

Loaners are managed using metal and plastic trays designed to handle the surgical devices and protect them during the sterilization process. Trays, containers, cassettes are now available with electronic tracking to fully digitalize loaner management.

 

MEDICAL CONSIGNMENTS

Consigned inventories of implants and devices can cause operational problems if handled manually. RFID is used by device and implant manufacturers to automate program management.

What began as an insurmountable challenge is now viewed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, with manufacturers all over the world leveraging technology to enable added-value services for patients and healthcare providers such as fully automated reconciliation, streamlined procurement, improved recall programs, and anonymous usage data.

With manufacturers required to provide full UDI traceability for their sterile inventory, the technology has emerged as a critical component of the Patient Safety agenda pushed by a number of healthcare regulators around the world, including the FDA.​

 

STERILE PROCESSING

Healthcare providers deploy Surgical Tracking (SIT) RFID systems to become safer for their patients and more efficient to operate.

Autoclavable RFID tags developed by Xerafy are deployed by certified partners around the world to deliver accuracy, tracking, and control for: Surgical trays and containers, Endoscopes, SPD Reprocessing, and Sterilization procedures.


Be it the reprocessing technicians in SPD or the perioperative nurses in OR, RFID drives digitalization at point-of-care through an institution's every workflow and lifecycle, delivering on both safety and operational efficiency.

 

MEDICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Healthcare providers operate some extraordinarily complex and critical supply chains, with RFID systems enabling automation and new levels of operational efficiency.


Patient safety improves when UDI-compliant traceability is implemented, products are authenticated and substance distribution is effectively controlled. 

On the other hand, hospitals increase their operational efficiency by automating stock replenishment, tracking deliveries, locating medical equipment, optimizing just-in-time inventories with real-life and real-time data analytics, and closely supervising consigned inventories and controlled substances.

RFID in Medical Supply Chain