- Healthcare, Pharma Industries to Increase RFID Spending
Market research from Kalorama Information predicts the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries will significantly increase their investments in RFID technology in the next five years. RFID sales for 2008 are valued at $474 million in healthcare and $70 million in pharmaceutical.
- UCSD Medical Center Expands Its RFID Deployment
The teaching hospital estimates the technology has saved it $70,000 annually by merely enabling it to locate its IV pumps more quickly.
- At Mayo Clinic, RFID Slashes Error Rate
A study showed that after the organization's endoscopy unit began using passive 13.56 MHz tags to identify specimen bottles, the rate of labeling errors dropped by 94 percent.
- RFID Journal LIVE! Canada Rescheduled to 2009
EPCglobal Canada and RFID Journal have announced that the next RFID Journal LIVE! Canada event will be held in 2009.
- RFID Helps Turkish Gym-Goers Get Fit
Exercise enthusiasts use passive 13.56 MHz RFID-enabled cards not only to gain entrance to their health clubs, purchase food and gear, and secure their lockers, but also to track workouts.
- Anaheim Fire Department Deploys Multipronged RFID System
Radio frequency identification will help the California organization monitor the location and status of not only firefighters, equipment and supplies, but also disaster victims.
- AIM to Clarify RFID Interference with Medical Devices
AIM Global announced it is creating independent test protocols to determine the safety of using RFID systems in healthcare environments. The protocols will measure how RFID impacts medical devices, pharmaceuticals and human physiology. AIM hopes to have the protocols created and the first certifications issued within 12 months.
- AIM Global to Develop Protocols for Testing Effects of RFID Emissions in Health Care
By early 2009, the auto-ID industry association hopes to publish a set of methodologies that can be used to determine the impact of tag and reader transmissions on medical devices, drugs, blood and human physiology.
- RFID Helps Cabueñes Hospital Monitor Patients, Accelerate Treatment
The Spanish facility is using EPC tags and readers to not only track a patient's movements and location, but also access clinical information.
- Taiwan RFID Technology, Applications Showcased at International Exhibit
The TAITRA exhibit draws 60,000 potential buyers of RFID technology and includes 50 vendors sharing RFID technology developments.
- GE Healthcare Finds Opportunity, Acquires RTLS Firm
GE Healthcare puts its stake into the growing healthcare market for RTLS systems by acquiring software provider Agility Healthcare Solutions. GE Healthcare, which has 46,000 employees and customers in more than 100 countries, said it will continue to work with other RTLS hardware providers.
- PinnacleHealth Extends Asset Tracking to Community Hospital
Already one of the largest active RFID deployments in health care, the system will let the staff at either site locate as many as 10,000 devices, from defibrillators to vacuum cleaners.
- Researchers Finish Work on Needle-free Glucose Tester
Developed by Gentag, Georgetown University and SAIC, the system uses a non-invasive skin patch to measure a patient's glucose level, and an RFID-enabled cell phone to receive that data.
- RFID Motivates Schoolkids to Bike It
An RFID-enabled Freikometer measures the number of times students pedal to school.
- University Students Create a Virtual RFID-enabled Hospital
The group has created the facility in Second Life, a 3-D online world. The goal is to provide a way for health-care organizations to test RFID implementations prior to physical deployment.