- RFID News Roundup
CenTrak launches single-use patient-tracking tag, TeleTracking upgrades its RTLS; Jamison RFID partners with Quest Solution for supply chain solutions; Abracon introduces Near Field Communication reader antennas; orthopedic implant company Stryker rolls out SATO's PJM RFID solutions across Europe; Smart-TEC announces key cap to enable NFC in car keys for new Mini; TSL intros Web-based app for its Bluetooth-enabled UHF RFID reader.
- AMS Sees Potential Medical Applications for Its HF Data-logging RFID Chip
The semiconductor company says medical equipment providers are studying the SL13A IC for use in a device to track a patient's blood glucose levels.
- 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.
- GE Announces Plans to Develop RFID-Guided Robots for Managing Surgical Tools
Scientists at GE Global Research will spend two years developing a prototype system for VA hospitals, using RFID to help automate the process of transporting, cleaning and storing surgical tools.
- Ann Arbor VA Hospital Tracks Lab Supplies Via RFID
WaveMark's smart cabinets and read stations enable the Michigan medical center to monitor where its lab products are located, when they are used on a patient and when they may be due to expire.
- Massachusetts General Expands RFID System for Inventory Management
The hospital plans to install additional RFID-enabled cabinets after the system has achieved a significant ROI in interventional radiology.
- Pittsburgh Researchers Develop Implantable RFID for Orthopedic Device
A University of Pittsburgh team has completed the testing and development of the Ortho-Tag, a patented RFID system to read a passive tag via RF transmissions passing through a patient's body.
- Spectrum Health's Meijer Heart Center Tracks Stents
Using passive 125 kHz RFID tags, the system has raised inventory-management accuracy to nearly 100 percent, while also reducing the chance for missed billing.
- Health Industry Group Issues RFID Standard, But Excludes UHF for Consumable Items
The ANSI/HIBC 4.0 standard, created by the Health Industry Business Communications Council, provides guidelines for using passive RFID tags, but its likely impact on health-care organizations remains unclear.
- EV3 Uses RFID to Streamline Inventory
The medical device maker has realized important business benefits by employing RFID to track its stock of stents and other products used for treating vascular diseases.
- UMass Med Center Finds Big Savings Through Tagging
The hospital says it has trimmed thousands of dollars thanks to an RFID system that tracks its inventory of cardiac stents, balloons, pacemakers and other cardiac devices.
- Mercy Medical Tracks Cardiovascular Consumables
The Des Moines, Iowa, hospital is employing passive HF tags to inventory its supply of stents, balloons and other devices used in its catheterization lab—and, eventually, to bill patients.