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  • Pharmaceutical Shifts Toward UHF RFID for Savings
    Published February 2009
    The global pharmaceutical industry dispenses more than $500 billion worth of prescription medications annually, with the distribution of regulated pharmaceuticals achieved through a complex supply chain involving thousands of trading partners who conduct business through multiple transaction levels. With this in mind, Alien Technology explores the benefits that can be derived from RFID technologies, such as stemming the influx of counterfeit drugs.
  • RFID Usage in the Patient-Care Environment
    Published July 2008
    This study, authored by Barbara Christe, Elaine Cooney, Gregg Maggioli, Dustin Doty, Robert Frye and Jason Short, examines the effects of two common passive RFID antennas—near-field and far-field—and five general types of patient-care equipment in real-use scenarios. Data was collected regarding the function of the equipment within the antennas' RF fields, in situations resembling common use.
  • EPC Value Model for Health Care & Life Sciences
    Published November 2005
    This white paper from EPCglobal US explains how EPC RFID technology can change the way HLS manufacturers, distributors and retailers work together.
  • RFID Solutions for Delivering Efficient, High-Quality Healthcare
    Published October 2005
    In the health-care industry, inefficient supply management, multiple proprietary systems and lack of standards have led to high operating costs and lowered care quality. Aventyn addresses these issues with its standards-based Clinical Information Processing Platform (CLIP).
  • Liquid Pharmaceuticals and 915 MHz Radio Frequency Identification Systems
    Published September 2005
    This white paper details a project initiated by Howard Bassen of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to evaluate the potential of certain 915 MHz RFID systems to heat temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. The overall goal of this project was to evaluate the worst-case power deposition and heating of one or more vials of simulated insulin under extreme exposure conditions.
  • Beyond Point of Care: Benefiting from Unit-of-Use Bar Code Traceability in the Life Sciences Supply Chain
    Published August 2005
    Many benefits can be gained through process changes that take advantage of information available on unit-of-use labels with little incremental labeling or equipment costs. This white paper from Zebra Technologies presents an overview of the proposed FDA rule for unit-of-use bar code labeling scheduled to become mandatory in 2006.
  • Radio Frequency Patient Monitoring
    Published June 2005
    Today’s Emergency Department is faced with the unique challenge of meeting the safety needs of a higher-risk population while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The development of an RFID system deigned to work in this environment for the safety of patients and staff is the subject of this white paper, submitted by RFTechnologies.
  • Patrient Safety Applications of Bar-Code and RFID Technologies
    Published June 2005
    Despite the mounting evidence that medical errors are a persistent and growing problem throughout the U.S. health care industry, little has been done to reverse the trend. Nationwide, less than 25 percent of hospitals have even rudimentary technology to reduce errors. This white paper from Zebra Technologies examines how bar coding and RFID can help improve this growing dilemma.
  • MRI and RFID Human Implants
    Published December 2004
    James Lamberg, an electrical engineering student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, tested whether RFID transponders implanted into humans are affected when the person undergoes magnetic resonance imaging. He presents the results in this technical paper.
  • RFID in Hospitals: Issues and Solutions
    Published September 2004
    A team of researchers from Texas A&M University has put together an introduction to RFID's applications in the hospital environment.
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