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Innovapaedics Develops RFID System for Tracking Surgical Implants, Tools

The company hopes to soon launch beta tests of its MedEx solution, which uses Xerafy passive UHF tags to record which items are utilized during medical procedures.
By Claire Swedberg
The MedEx system could be sold with tagged InnovaCollars attached to Innovapaedics implants, Crook says. Alternatively, it could be purchased independently, allowing hospitals to attach the tags to any type of implant or tool.

For end users, the system would reduce the incidence of errors by ensuring that the proper tools are in the correct tray. In this way, Crook explains, staff members will know that when they open a tray during surgery, all required tools will be present. What's more, it helps to make the inventory process faster.

A solution involving tagged implants is very complex, says William Michalek, Xerafy's sales manager and health-care practice lead, with numerous regulatory and compliance issues that must be considered. The tag manufacturer is thus partnering with companies like Innovapaedics, he says, "that provide that level of knowledge and expertise." He adds that "Xerafy is well positioned due to the ceramic construction and size of our tags, which are designed to be embedded and withstand the chemicals, high heat and pressure of the sterilization process."

According to Michalek, Xerafy is helping to connect Innovapaedics with systems integrators, as well as potential customers who may wish to trial the technology. The full solution, he says, could be sold by Innovapaedics, by Xerafy or by a systems integrator.

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