RFID Systems for

Healthcare

RFID tags are deployed in the field to track surgical trays, medical devices, and sterile inventories.

 

This unprecedented drive to digitization is directly benefiting Patients, Healthcare Providers, and Medical Devices manufacturers.

THE CHALLENGES OF

RFID SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE

  1. Reprocessing cycles are not technology-friendly, with sterilization processes such as Autoclave, EtO, E-Beam, Gamma Radiation

  2. The same observation applies to the numerous chemical cleaners in use

  3. How not to add any risk at point-of-care?

  4. Compliance with FDA UDI (Unique Device Identification) requirements is key

  5. Healthcare institutions present a high density of metallic surfaces and materials which can be challenging for RF and other wireless technologies

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

When it comes to the question of RFID and Patient Safety, the FDA has adopted a neutral stance: "The FDA is not aware of any adverse events associated with RFID."

U.S. Food & Drug Administration
 

USING THE RIGHT RFID SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE

The right RFID solution lets you build safety and traceability into healthcare processes by enabling to automatically track, monitor and safeguard instruments, equipment, supplies, and staff.

Smallest RFID Tag, Autoclavable, High Temperatures, Chemicals, Shocks, Attachment and Mounting Options: Xerafy created the market for RFID in Healthcare.

How to achieve optimal read-range and accuracy? How do you embed an RFID tag? Xerafy RFID Tags include both On-Metal as well as In-Metal options, with customization services available.

Xerafy RFID Tags and Labels Product Guid
 

SURGICAL TRACKING (SIT)

With RFID-enabled Surgical Tracking (SIT), healthcare providers become safer for patients and more efficient to operate.

RFID Tags deliver accuracy, tracking, and control for:
Surgical trays and containers
Endoscopes
Medical devices
CS/SPD Reprocessing and Sterilization procedures


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

 

STERILE INVENTORY

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 have been seen increasing their operational efficiency by automating stock replenishment, tracking deliveries and locating devices, optimizing just-in-time inventories with real-life data analytics, and closely supervising consigned inventories and controlled substances.

Read More:

How Healthcare Providers Leverage IoT for Their Consumables and Medical Supplies

 

MEDICAL DEVICES

Manufacturers of medical devices and implants are required to provide full UDI traceability for their sterile inventory as part of a worldwide Patient Safety agenda pushed by a number of healthcare regulators including the FDA.

RFID powers full traceability from the manufacturer through to the patient as per FDA UDI regulation.

What started as a challenge is now seen as an unprecedented opportunity, with Medical Devices manufacturers around the world leveraging the technology to enable added-value services for patients and healthcare providers, such as automated consignment inventory, streamlined procurement and inventory management, improved recall programs, anonymous usage data.

 

Read More: Medical Device and Surgical Instrument Tracking