RFID for Healthcare

RFID helps hospitals, device manufacturers, and distributors tracking and digitizing critical inventory.

The healthcare industry, with its high stakes and crucial supply requirements, greatly benefits from RFID tracking. By deploying the right RFID tracking system, hospitals can enhance safety and traceability in their processes.
 
The technology enables automatic tracking, monitoring, and safeguarding of instruments, equipment, supplies, and staff, thereby ensuring better safety and traceability within the healthcare setting.

Benefits of RFID For Hospitals

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Real-Time Accuracy

Lost medical equipment is costly and RFID provides full tracking accuracy based on last-known or real-time location.

Productivity

RFID tracking saves hospitals time by reducing the effort required to manually track equipment and helping quickly locate items, preventing delays in surgeries or patient care.

Automation

Unlike barcode-based solutions, RFID offers automated and contactless tracking, at item-level and in bulk, across large facilities.

Asset Management

RFID helps hospitals avoid unnecessary purchases to replace hard-to-locate equipment and optimize hospital asset management.

Analytics

Assess hospital inventory and usage, allowing to identify any gaps or shortages in medical supplies and make informed decisions about purchasing.

What are the challenges of RFID technology in hospitals?

FDA

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."

Sterile Processing

Sterile processing is not technology-friendly, be it for the sterilization processes such as Autoclave, EtO, E-Beam, Gamma Radiation, or the numerous chemical cleaners in use.

UDI

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

Wireless

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

Inobtrusive

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

Can RFID survive autoclave and sterilization?

Yes, Xerafy offers several specialized tagging options that are autoclavable, as well as solutions that can be embedded in metal, with additional customization services available.

Xerafy created the market of RFID for Healthcare, with innovations such as the smallest RFID tagsAutoclavableHigh Temperatures, Chemicals, Shocks.

How can an institution get started with RFID tracking?

By deploying the right RFID tracking system, a hospital can hardwire safety and traceability into their processes, enabling them to automatically track, monitor, and safeguard instruments, equipment, supplies, and staff.

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 solutions available for any asset, workflow, and lifecycle.

What is the added value of RFID for UDI?

Implementing UDI-compliant traceability ensures patient safety by enabling product authentication and effective control of substance distribution.
RFID technology facilitates efficient inventory management, data analysis, and supervision of consigned inventories and controlled substances, contributing to improved healthcare services.

How does RFID technology improve operational efficiency in hospitals?

RFID technology improves operational efficiency in hospitals by automating stock replenishment, tracking deliveries, and optimizing inventories. Real-time data analytics provide accurate information on equipment availability, saving nurses’ time spent searching for items and avoiding unnecessary purchases. This streamlines procurement processes, reduces delays in surgeries, and enhances overall operational efficiency.

How does RFID technology prevent unauthorized personnel from accessing hospital premises?

RFID-enabled security badges play a crucial role in preventing non-authorized individuals from roaming hallways and jeopardizing patient safety and equipment. These badges ensure that only authorized personnel have access to hospital premises, enhancing security and reducing the risk of unauthorized individuals entering restricted areas.

How does RFID technology help monitor patients and improve their safety?

Hospitals utilize active RFID systems as part of a Real-Time Locating System (RTLS) to track the exact location of patients. This technology is particularly beneficial for vulnerable patients, such as those with dementia, who may be at risk of wandering off. RFID tags can send signals to sound alarms, lock doors, or alert nurses when a patient is detected leaving, enabling timely intervention and preventing potential harm.
 
Patient safety can be improved with RFID wristbands storing patient records. This can help improve patient care by ensuring that staff give patients the correct medications and treatments. This technology guarantees that the right medications and treatments are administered to patients, reducing the risk of medication errors and enhancing patient safety.

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