HID Global brings wireless IoT technologies to numerous healthcare applications. (Image: HID Global)

Safer Healthcare Processes using RFID

Secure sample identification, anti-counterfeit drug protection, asset tracking, and most recently, contact tracing!

Medical organizations are facing many challenges today to ensure a safe environment for their patients. These include the ability to react quicker, compliance with evolving regulations, and the automation of processing to free up critical resources and lower the risk of infection.

HID Global incorporates wireless IoT technologies into numerous healthcare applications. Technological innovations used in healthcare address many use cases including specimen handling, automated device configuration, contact tracing, equipment monitoring and location services to quickly find assets and personnel.

Spread of Infectious Diseases Increases Adaptation

"All contactless technologies lower the risk of infection and automate operations. They are a relief for healthcare stakeholders who are currently developing RFID-based applications in the immediate patient environment," says Eric Suligoj, Director Business Development – Industry & Logistics, HID Global, in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global.

Increase Security, Reduce Costs: Benefits are Known, Applications are Increasing

The pandemic is only one aspect, however, which is why RFID technology is being increasingly integrated into healthcare on a broad scale. "The technology is known today, and so are its numerous benefits. Cost reduction both directly, in terms of time savings and improved coordination, as well as indirect savings such as the reduction of insurance policies or expenses for possible legal proceedings. RFID supports secure, traceable and transparent processes," says Suligoj.

Over 100 Projects in the Past Years

HID Global has been active in the medical and pharmaceutical environment with RFID solutions for over 20 years. After each project with medical device manufacturers and system integrators, the special know-how in tag development expands. This is necessary because, according to Suligoj, only about 20 percent of standard tags are used in the healthcare environment "80 percent of the tags used are adapted to the special requirements of a solution. The spectrum ranges from the adaptation of already developed tags to almost completely new developments tailor-made for global medical device manufacturers."

In the past five years alone, HID Global has contributed tag solutions and consulting to over 100 large-scale projects. These include applications in extreme environments. For example, " for a molecular laboratory, we developed a transponder that can withstand extreme temperature-related stress with a minimum size of only six millimeters in diameter. Temperatures of minus 196 degrees Celsius do not limit the functionality of the tags."

Thematic Magazine in May/June

Check out the complete article about the interview with Eric Suligoj. Successful, efficient and safe RFID applications in hospitals, laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry are just some of the focal points in the upcoming issue of RFID & Wireless IoT Global "Logistics in Medicine, Clinics, Laboratories and Pharmaceuticals", which will be published as an e-magazine on May 26, 2020.

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