RFID In Healthcare Management

How is RFID applied in medical management?

When you start developing an RFID healthcare solution, specifically surgical tool tracking, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you get too far along to make significant design changes.I’ve collected eight questions below that you should consider in the early stages of development.

1. Do RFID tags cause interference with medical devices?

Passive RFID tags only reflect the RF energy emitted from the RFID reader, so the likelihood that a radio frequency identification tag will disrupt medical devices is quite low. Other system components, specifically the RFID antenna that emits RF energy, will interfere with the medical device if improperly placed too close to other devices in the clinical environment.However, a research team from Indiana Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has found that a properly configured RFID system is safe for use around medical devices.Although the risks are considered very low, you should conduct your own electromagnetic interference (EMI) assessment in a safe environment.

 2. Are RFID tags durable enough to sterilize autoclave?

Some RFID tags are certainly suitable for resisting autoclave sterilization.The Xerafy Xs metal tag has been rated at temperatures ranging from -40F to 302F (-40°C to +150°C) and is commonly embedded in surgical tools.

3. Is RFID technology safe for patients?

Neither the RF energy nor the tag and other components pose a risk to the patient.However, always consult the manufacturer if you have any questions about whether the material meets non-toxic medical standards.

4. Has the FDA approved RFID technology in healthcare settings?

The Food & The US Drug Administration has stated that they have not seen any adverse effects from using RFID, although they caution that physicians need to be aware of the potential for EMI between patient and medical devices.However, you should ensure the following protocols are met: FDA CPG Sec.400,210;ISO-10993 for biocompatibility;Complies with FCC Part 15.231a.

5. Choosing RFID Labels to suit RFID In Healthcare Management:

  • Locate products to try RFID
  • RFID System’s operating environment
  • Applicable product value
  • What are the monthly usage needs?
  • RFID frequency is short (RF) or far (UHF).
  • Density of goods in the warehouse.
  • How to place the product to be placed (high, low)
  • Does the shelf have a lot of Metal objects?
  • Is the product reusable?
  • How long should it be stored?