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By Beth Bacheldor

Dolphin RFID, Esbee Dynamed Offer Equipment-Tracking Solutions for Hospitals

Dolphin RFID, a provider of end-to-end RFID solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Esbee Dynamed, a supplier of medical and surgical equipment in India. The two companies report that they are delivering solutions based on best practices and RFID to enable seamless tracking and management of surgical equipment and medical devices in markets such as India.

The specific areas identified for immediate implementation are in the areas of surgical instruments and medical device management, according to the two companies. Through the collaboration, the partners are bringing into India best practices similar to those established by the unique device identification (UDI) tracking mandate from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By tagging surgical instruments and medical devices, hospitals will be able to track vital devices used during surgical procedures within a matter of seconds, the companies explain, thereby leading to improved patient safety. RFID will facilitate the ability to track other important medical devices, in order to enable immediate access during emergencies.

The two companies already have surgical instruments and equipment tracking solutions available. According to Suresh Sawhney, Dolphin RFID's president and CEO, the surgical equipment tracking solution uses RFID tags from Xerafy with autoclaving-certified glue and processes. For tracking other hospital equipment, the solution uses tags provided by Confidex, Omni ID, Tvasta and Syndicate Group. The readers are supplied by ThingMagic, Hanmi IT and Embisphere, with reader antennas from Times-7. Different solutions will utilize these in various combinations, Sawhney says.

According to Sawhney, the partnership is working to utilize Esbee Dynamed's strengths in the health-care sector with Dolphin RFID's strengths and international footprint, in order to capture the market for vibrant and growing sector in India. "Most of the top hospitals in India are now recognized internationally by medical insurance companies," he states, "and thus provide 'medical tourism,' which is egging them on to become more efficient by using technology such as RFID."

Dolphin and Esbee Dynamed also plan to leverage the technology in such areas as patient management (both in-patient and out-patient), bed tracking, asset tracking, the management of files and records, and vehicle management.

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