RFID Systems in
RFID tags are deployed in the field to track surgical trays, medical devices, supplies and consumables.
This unprecedented drive to digitalization is directly benefiting Patients, Healthcare Providers, and Medical Devices manufacturers.
THE CHALLENGES OF
RFID SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE
Reprocessing cycles are not technology-friendly, with sterilization processes such as Autoclave, EtO, E-Beam, Gamma Radiation
The same observation applies to the numerous chemical cleaners in use
How not to add any risk at point-of-care?
Compliance with FDA UDI (Unique Device Identification) requirements is key
Healthcare institutions present a high density of metallic surfaces and materials, which can be challenging for RF and other wireless technologies
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."
USING THE RIGHT RFID SYSTEMS FOR HEALTHCARE
Institutions deploy RFID tracking solutions designed for the healthcare environment to build safety and traceability into their processes, enabling them to automatically track, monitor, and safeguard instruments, equipment, supplies, and staff.
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.
LOANER TRAY TRACKING
Ortho, implants, scopes, laparoscopy: Loaner instrumentation has become essential to Healthcare Institutions and Medical Device 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 programs.
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 OR, RFID drives digitalization at point-of-care through an institution's every workflow and lifecycle, delivering on both safety and operational efficiency.
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.
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 and locating devices, optimizing just-in-time inventories with real-life data analytics, and closely supervising consigned inventories and controlled substances.