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  • Case Study: Tracking Medical Devices With RFID
    Published February 2017
    East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT) implemented radio frequency identification technology to track medical assets at its three medical equipment libraries. The use of RFID has considerably reduced the amount of time clinical and engineering personnel spend searching for devices, while improving equipment utilization levels, increasing patient safety and helping to drive down the need for ad-hoc device hires. (4 pages)
  • Tracking Medical Devices: The Role of Active and Passive RFID as Part of an Effective Medical Device Management System
    Published February 2017
    Clinical and medical engineering teams across the United Kingdom and worldwide face a daily battle to locate equipment, while legal, regulatory and policy forces are driving the adoption of an effective medical device management system. RFID technology is highly effective in managing medical devices, providing a fast and accurate method of capturing asset data and automatically tracking devices' locations. This white paper, written by Ceri Anstee, provides an overview of the reasons driving and supporting the adoption of RFID technology, and explains how RFID works and can be applied in a health-care setting. (34 pages)
  • North Kansas City Hospital, St. Dominic Hospital Implement Automated RFID Tissue and Implant Tracking Solution
    Published January 2017
    With the implementation of Terso Solutions' RAIN RFID-enabled enclosures and TrackCore's tissue and implant tracking software, TrackCore Operating Room, Missouri's North Kansas City Hospital and Mississippi's St. Dominic Hospital completely automated the way in which inventory is managed and tracked. Both hospitals made the decision to implement an automated inventory-management system to minimize the burden of manual processes, while improving patient safety, staff morale and operational efficiencies. (3 pages)
  • Reston Hospital Implements Automated Inventory-Tracking Solution to Meet UDI Compliance Regulations
    Published January 2017
    Reston Hospital, based in Reston, Va., struggled with missing tissue grafts and manual inventory-management workflows. In addition, the impending UDI regulations put forth by the FDA and Joint Commission posed issues with the way in which inventory was being managed and tracked. By implementing RFID-enabled enclosures from Terso Solutions, integrated with Champion Healthcare Technologies' UDITracker software, the hospital has seen immense annual savings, while meeting strict compliance regulations and improving patient outcomes. (3 pages)
  • Straumann USA Adopts Rain RFID Storage for Dental Inventory
    Published October 2016
    Straumann USA provides solutions for implant dentistry and dental tissue regeneration. Terso Solutions explains how it provided the firm with an automated inventory-management system designed to decrease costs, maximize efficiencies, establish unique sales channels, provide real-time inventory visibility, ensure product integrity and enhance the customer experience. (3 pages)
  • Case Study: Theatre Kitting With RFID
    Published October 2016
    Ordering and preparing materials for scheduled and emergency procedures is a key process that takes up a large proportion of hospitals' clinical time. By pioneering the use of RFID technology to centralize and streamline the management of theatre supplies, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (CUH) has freed up time for clinical personnel, optimized stock holding and minimized waste. Harland Simon explains how its RFID Discovery Inventory system tracks items used for operations with passive RFID labels and interfaces with CUH's inventory database, enabling the hospital to accurately record usage for each operation and ensure reliable inventory replenishment. (6 pages)
  • RFID: The Cure for the Clinical Trial Blues
    Published April 2016
    RFID is making its way into a growing number of industries as the technology matures. New markets are developing rapidly, especially in the world of clinical trials, where RFID could help speed medications to market and reduce drug-development costs by making trials more efficient and accurate. Terso Solutions' Joe Pleshek explains how RFID can provide frequent verification of clinical drugs at each stage of a trial, account for who removed or dispensed product from storage, and track subject assignment, timestamps and environmental conditions. (7 pages)
  • Strategies for Ensuring Integrity for Medical Tissues and Devices
    Published April 2016
    Recent advances in medical device technology, surgical procedures and tissue preservation are revolutionizing the health-care industry. However, this expanded capability requires an equally sophisticated system to track devices, prosthetics and tissues as they move through the supply chain; a mistake or shortfall can have serious consequences. Terso Solutions's Joe Pleshek explains how RFID technologies can offer near-real-time item-level visibility, safely and securely. (9 pages)
  • Embedded RFID for Medical Devices
    Published February 2016
    Embedded RFID has become a game-changing technology that medical manufacturers and health-care providers are using to satisfy some of their most pressing needs. This white paper, from Jadak, identifies key challenges facing manufacturers of medical devices and supplies, and explains how embedded RFID technology is being leveraged to overcome those challenges in a way that enhances safety and reliability, increases revenue and brand equity, and reduces operating costs. (7 pages)
  • What RAIN RFID Brings to the Internet of Things
    Published December 2015
    Growth of the Internet of Things is forecast to exceed that of other connected devices. Estimates predict the resulting economic value-add that businesses will derive may be as high as $1.9 trillion, with adoption being led by retail, manufacturing and health care. The RAIN RFID Alliance explains how RAIN RFID, as an essential building block of the IoT, can enable many new applications and business models, as well as make them affordable and practical. (7 pages)
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