Thursday, October 15, 2009

RFID Monitors Handwashing Protocols

Are your food service and healthcare providers following their facility's best practices for hand washing and hygiene? The RFID-enabled HandGiene system will ensure that they are. ...

... "The HandGiene Hand Wash Monitoring and Accountability System uses Patented, Proprietary RFID-enabled Cleanser Dispensers and Proprietary miniaturized, Patent-Pending RFID readers to actively and non-invasively assure compliance by all covered personnel and visitors with a facility’s hand wash protocols. The HandGiene System works with equal, unparalleled efficiency in Hospitals and Healthcare facilities and also, Restaurants and Food Preparation Facilities alike. " ...


Via HandGiene: System Provides Full Accountability (PDF)

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Implanet RFID Tracks Medical Devices in the Supply Chain

Implanet, a medical device manufacturer, will use IBM RFID sensor tech to enable its BeepNTrack service, which tracks the company's knee and hip implants throughout the healthcare supply chain. ...

... "The company's BeepNTrack service uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to track medical devices from Implanet to hospitals. Prior to shipping, Implanet affixes an RFID tag bearing a unique serial number to the packaging of each individual device. Before a surgical procedure takes place, a hospital uses a handheld device to scan the tag from the medical device being implanted and stores that information along with the patient's records. The tag is given to the patient after surgery so he or she will have all available information concerning the implant in the event of future concerns. " ...


Via IBM: Software Protects Patients in the Event of Medical Device Recalls


RFID sensor tracks medical device

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

European Healthcare RFID Pilot to Establish Improvement

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Nortel Hospital RFID Mapping

Nortel integrates a number of products and services at making hospital more efficient and effective through the use of technologies, such as RFID. Patient safety and asset utilization are some of the benefits targeted. ...

... "Nortel's system uses RFID so that nurses can type into a computer what they need, and a virtual map shows where that equipment is located. " ...


Via Dallas Morning News: Improved medical care

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Monday, February 09, 2009

RFID Medication Identification

Healthcare pilot uses RFID for patient safety
Kaiser Permanente pilots emerging technologies for application in patient safety. ...

... "The touch-screen systems are based on a reference design from Intel which wrote middleware to link the Windows-based computers to peripherals such as RFID and bar code readers to identify medications at a patient's bedside. " ...


Via EETimes: Kaiser lab

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Monday, August 18, 2008

RFID Wristband Hospital Contract

The National Health Service Supply Chain (NHSSC) awards a multi-year contract to P3 Medical Ltd to supply patient identification wristbands to the NHS hospitals to improve patient safety throughout hospitals in England and Wales. ...

... "Under the contract, P3 will distribute positive patient identification wristbands from Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC). As the global leader in automatic identification wristbands, PDC pioneered the first bar code patient wristband system in 1984 and offers the most complete line of automated wristband solutions worldwide, including bar code laser printer, thermal printer, and RFID. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), a division of the National Health Service (NHS), published reports in July of 2007 showing a high proportion of adverse patient safety incidences were linked to the absence and/or incorrect information on patient ID wristbands. The NPSA then issued a directive for the NHS hospitals to begin standardizing wristbands and link them to their IT systems by 2009. In response, the NHSSC awarded contracts to eight suppliers to provide patient ID wristbands to the NHS hospitals and P3 Medical Ltd. was among them. " ...


Via Precision Dynamics: NHS Hospitals Contract

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Monday, July 07, 2008

RFID Healthcare Installation in Israel

Wavetrend Technologies implements an active RFID project for the new Ashdod Medical Center in Israel, that creates the largest active RFID installation in the Middle East. ...

Hospital RFID installation will be largest in Israel

... "In the interest of achieving the best possible monitoring of equipment, personnel and high-risk patients, Ashdod Medical Center required full RFID coverage for all six operational floors of its facility. To meet this objective, Ardan will install a vast infrastructure of active RFID supplied by Wavetrend. Readers will be strategically positioned throughout the hospital, and an extensive array of tags designed to track multiple assets will be deployed. The real-time tracking capabilities that the system offers will allow the hospital to locate critical equipment and personnel in the event of an emergency, and also monitor the whereabouts of high-risk patients in real time so that medical staff can react to an alert immediately. " ...


Via Wavetrend: Largest Healthcare RFID Installation in Israel

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

RFID Patient Wristband Improves Care

Patients pilot the use of RFID technology to administer medicines at Halifax Health Medical Center. ...

... "This RFID wrist band assists nurses and in health care by automating the process of administering patient medication. " ...


Via Sify: Bartronics RFID

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

RFID Contrast Delivery Shares Data

Covidien RFID-enabled syringe improves patient safety and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ...

... "Covidien's contrast delivery system combines its unit-dose Ultraject prefilled contrast media syringes with its Optivantage DH power injectors to provide the only RFID-enabled contrast delivery solution available in North America. RFID is an automatic identification technology that captures, stores and transmits data between the Ultraject syringe and the Optivantage DH power injector using devices called RFID transponders, or tags.

With RFID technology, the system creates an intelligent interface between the contrast media syringe and the power injector that enables radiology technologists to better ensure that each patient receives the prescribed drug and drug dose during a procedure. " ...


Via Covidien: Contrast Delivery System with RFID Approved by FDA

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

AT&T RFID Healthcare Solution Offers Complete Infrastructure

AT&T offers turnkey solution for the healthcare industry that accelerates implementation through standard set of infrastructure. ...

... "AT&T is the first network services company to provide a comprehensive RFID solution for the health care industry. The company is offering the devices, infrastructure and systems needed for full-scale tracking applications - everything from tags and software to networks and data storage. In addition, the solution generates customized reports that can be used to enhance patient safety, increase operational efficiency and improve financial performance. More specifically, it provides a Wi-Fi-enabled location-based service to track equipment, devices and patients. For example, a hospital staff can track the current or a historical location of mobile assets - such as blood pressure monitoring devices, EKG machines, gurneys, infusion pumps, crash carts, computers-on-wheels, wheelchairs and laptops - from a Web browser. The solution will also alert health care staff if at-risk patients have wandered or been moved from their room. In addition, employees can use the data to manage mobile asset inventory across a single health care facility or multiple sites. " ...


Via AT&T: RFID Solution for Health Care Organizations

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Patient RFID Alzheimers Privacy Debate

Should Alzheimer patient be chipped with RFID or just rely on bracelets? ...

... "Alzheimer's Community Care Facility, in West Palm Beach Florida, intends to begin implanting radio frequency identification chips, RFID, in Alzheimer patients ... " ...


Via Associated Content: Patient RFID

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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Secure RFID through Partnership

SkyeTek and Atmel will partner to create secure HF reader and tag platforms for the RFID market. ...

... "The partnership between Atmel and SkyeTek will provide customers with an ultra-secure option for embedded RFID applications. Resulting solutions leverage CryptoRF's security features and the enterprise-class reliability and price-performance of the SkyeTek ReaderDNA and ReaderWare technology. This combination will provide customers with the ability to adapt RFID technology into existing applications and is well positioned to provide valuable solutions addressing ePedigree, patient safety, consumables authentication, item-level inventory management, and ticketing. SkyeTek's ReaderWare also provides the capability to upgrade the reader to support future tags, protocols, and cryptography via a firmware upgrade. " ...


Via SkyeTek: SkyeTek and Atmel Partner to Offer Industry Leading Secure RFID Technology ...

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hospital RFID Realizes Patient Benefits

HP and Precision Dynamics implement patient management system based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in Taiwan at the Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH). The hospital CIO sees the hospital realizing benefits through a reduction in medical errors, from root causes such as manual processes, compliance to standard operating procedures, and visibility to real-time patient status and medical process exceptions. The system is architected with PDC's RFID wristbands and HP's mobile and fixed RFID infrastructure. Privacy is managed by storing confidential patient information on the RFID chip rather than printing the information on the wristband. ...

... "CGMH implemented the RFID system in its operating rooms to improve patient safety by verifying and positively identifying patients, gathering real-time data, reducing risk of wrong-site and/or wrong-patient surgery, and ensuring compliance with hospital patient safety procedures or standard operating procedures. Since the implementation, CGMH has achieved 100% accuracy in patient ID in the OR. The new RFID system automates many manual functions of the previous operating room processes. The system helps verify that the five rights of medication safety are met - right patient, medication, dose, time, and route - as well as right surgery and surgical site. Automating patient data verification processes has saved CGMH medical staff an average of 4.3 minutes per patient. Also, automated data collection has helped prevent common manual data entry mistakes, which if gone undetected could lead to medical errors." ...


Via HP: Precision Dynamics Corporation and HP Provide Chang Gung Memorial Hospital with RFID System for Patient Management

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Healthcare RFID MayoClinic

3M and Mayo Clinic demonstrate pilot installation of a radio frequency identification (RFID) system in Mayo Clinic's endoscopy surgical suites for management of the collection and tracking of patient tissue samples. 3M RFID system was configured to enable Mayo Clinic's business processes for specimen management. ...

... "Utilizing 3M Track and Trace Technology, this RFID system enhances Mayo Clinic's ability to manage specimen and tissue samples from the collection stage to the pathology laboratory. Collecting and analyzing patient tissue is a crucial medical procedure. Mayo Clinic continues to take a leadership role in health care's effort focused on patient safety and care. Multiple 3M technologies were brought forward during the five-month pilot project at Mayo Clinic. Results demonstrated quantifiable operational efficiencies in the specimen-management process, accurate communication of data, and verification of information. Expansion of the Track and Trace system within the endoscopy practice will take place in planned, controlled phases. 3M and Mayo Clinic expect this rollout to be completed in early 2007. " ...


Via 3M: Two Minnesota Institutions Advance RFID Technologies in Health Care

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