„RFID im Blick“ Report: RFID in Medical Processes 2015

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The patient | The hospital | The laboratory| Medical engineering

RFID in der Medizin 2015By Jan Phillip Denkers, Dunja Kandel and Anja Van Bocxlaer, „RFID im Blick

RFID in the healthcare sector 2015 It is challenging to keep the balance between optimal patient care and economic efficiency in all areas of the medical sector. Providers of services are facing increasingly tight budget caps. 300 billion Euros were spent in the German health care sector in the year 2012. Expenditures must be cut while taking the best possible patient care into account.


Will there be a breakthrough for RFID on blood bags?

The inter-regional Blood Donation Service SRK (IRB SRK) wants to use a new RFID marking solution to optimise the effectiveness of how blood is transferred from donor to recipient.

Blutspende SRK (IRB SRK)Wilhelm Hilger, Technical Assistant, Interregional Blood Donation SRK, in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

RFID tags on blood bags - The clear and ruggedised identification of blood bags reduces any confusion to a minimum, speeding up the time they take to reach the recipient.

RFID on the blood bag – this application has been discussed regularly by providers and users for over eight years. However, so far no useful, easily applied and adaptable solution has been developed. Previous attempts have all been single applications. A new approach is expected to offer a breakthrough for RFID on blood bags. This could be achieved at the IRB SRK in Bern in 2015. An initial practice test was started at the end of March with an RFID-application based on Phase Jitter Modulation (PJM). This field test is meant to provide guarantees about the technological feasibility.


“Tracking & Tracing is our daily business”

Traceable processes for inhouse logistics are essential in hospitals – is RFID essential too?

Klinik Logistik Eppendorf (KLE)Ansgar Kruth, Head of Transportation and Materials Management, MH Hannover and André Reinecke, Managing Director, Clinic Logistics Eppendorf (KLE), in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

Monitoring the flow of materials - Without reliable and highly responsive logistics no hospital can ensure the best possible patient care. Managing assets effectively reduces costs.

“The logistical requirements in hospitals are often higher than those in the automotive industry”, says André Reinicke, CEO at KLE and responsible for logistics at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg. “Emergencies can jeopardise all planning.” Optimally managed interfaces and flexible process design ought to ensure smooth patient and material flow. “The potential for further process automation is definitely there. Currently we do not pursue concrete approaches towards RFID,” says Ansgar Kruth, responsible for the in-house logistics at the MHH.

RFID for pipettes

In order to facilitate the tracing and documenting of pipette usage in a regulated environment, the TrackIT system of Eppendorf AG can read and write information onto the RFID chips that are embedded in the device of the liquid handling product line.

RFID in der PipetteUwe Dunker, Product Line Manager, Eppendorf AG, in conversation with “RFID im Blick”

Tracing pipettes - RFID tags in liquid handling devices facilitate management and documentation

Laboratories often have many hundred Liquid Handling Devices in stock. In most cases, each device will be subject to the regular inspection of measuring tools. This requires a number of time-consuming administrative steps, such as inventory logging and device tracking. These operations are made significantly easier because the RFID tags allow the convenient “reading” of the individual instrument features.

Invisible Accessories in the OR and ICU

With the development of an RFID application to optimise processes in the OR and ICU, Draeger have hit the mark – the demand for this solution is increasing

DrägerAndreas Otto, Senior Product Manager, Dräger, in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

„RFID technology is the basis for numerous ways of optimising processes using different ventilation and anesthesia accessories.“

Is the breathing circuit connected properly? When does the flow sensor need to be replaced? These and other questions designed to optimise processes are answered by an RFID application using ventilation and anesthesia accessories produced by Draeger. “RFID technology is the basis for numerous ways of optimising processes using different ventilation and anesthesia accessories. “Possible confusion is minimised, exchange intervals are displayed automatically and patient parameter settings are stored and transferred between the different devices – this supports safe work processes, even when things get hectic in the operating room or intensive care unit. The RFID technology contributes significantly to better working comfort,” explains Andreas Otto, who is responsible for the RFID product development at Draeger.

Fulfill the wish to have children as safely as possible

An RFID application in Dr. Sydow’s clinic increases patient safety while having fertility treatment

MVZ Praxisklinik SydowDr. sc. hum. K. Rosenberg, MVZ Praxisklinik Sydow am Gendarmenmarkt in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

100% safety in laboratory procedures and patient identification

Throughout the process of reproductive medicine clinics, employees have to avoid any confusion of egg and sperm cells with 100 per cent certainty. Although conventional methods, such as hand-written labels and regular matching checks with patient data, already guarantee a high level of security, the human factor can still cause errors. An RFID solution, integrated into the work cycle and patient communication, eradicates any feeling of insecurity, as Dr. Sydow’s fertility clinic demonstrates. “Mistakes are detected through RFID before they can cause damage,” says the Head of Laboratory of IVF Lab, Dr. K. Rosenberg. Dr. Sc. Hum. K. Rosenberg, MVZ Clinic Sydow on Gendarmenmarkt, in an interview with “RFID im Blick”.

RFID offers more than just RTLS technology!

Even though it has numerous applications, RFID is still a niche technology in the medical environment – there is no reason for it to be, as various innovative and economic solutions demonstrate.

HID GlobalEric Suligoj, Director Business Development – Industry & Logistics, HID Global in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

“RFID in healthcare is the way to improve patient safety, to avoid the confusion of medical samples, to exactly parameterise surgery equipment and to avoid costs across processes.”

There are multiple ways RFID can benefit the medical sector. Human error or confusion, the worst case scenarios, can lead to patient deaths. “The potential to use RFID in healthcare is deployed more than most people are aware of – and not just from a theoretical point of view,“ Eric Suligoj points out. “Transponders are used in various shapes and sizes, and in addition reader modules from our portfolio are already used in countless applications in virtually all medical areas.“ Eric Suligoj talks with “RFID im Blick“ about the processes in which RFID is already used for optimisation.

Continuous Traceability is only given with RFID

Miniaturised RFID transponder meet all the requirements for use in medical instruments and equipment – even during the sterilisation process

NeosidVon Yilmaz Benzer, Sales Manager, and Eugen Swoboda, Development Manager, Neosid in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

“The integration of RFID tags enables the continuous tracking of instruments over the entire logistics suppy chain. This starts in the operating room and preparation area and follows through to the follow-up after surgery, such as washing, sterilisation and upstream processes such as the cleaning and sharpening of tools.”

RFID Transponders meet today’s technological requirements for integration in medical instruments. They are already proven and tested when integrated within surgical instruments to realise complete tracking solutions. Another application is the authentication of applicators for medical devices using RFID technology, as Yilmaz Benzer and Eugen Swoboda, Neosid explain in an interview with “RFID im Blick”. “The usability and reliability of RFID technology has been demonstrated in the area of medical technology. The technology has shown that it works reliably, especially in the autoclaving process.”

Improved Hygiene and less cost

Cabinet System Solution for scrubs reduces stock and meets hygiene requirements

ABG SystemsJos Fransen, Managing Director, ABG Systems, in an interview with “RFID im Blick”

“With an automated dispensing system, planning the required number of scrubs is easier and stock can obviously be reduced. An automated dispensing system also thoroughly meets the required hygiene levels.”

In terms of logistics and hygiene, the management of scrubs is a complex task for clinics. An RFID-based distribution and return system for uniforms supports both considerations. The system is already implemented in hospitals in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland as well as in emergency units. Figures from implemented applications show that it is possible to reduce stock by an average of 25 per cent using automated systems.

Innovation for Medication Smart Patient Information
with NFC

In cooperation with global players of the pharmaceutical industry, Schreiner MediPharm develops innovative RFID marking solutions that increase the safety and comfort of self-medication.

Schreiner MediPharmThorsten Kircher, Business Development Manager, Schreiner MediPharm, in an interview with„RFID im Blick“

“An NFC-based solution is ideal so that the patient can interactively retrieve important additional information, because patients increasingly want to understand their illness and the prescribed treatment measures.”

Together with manufacturers, Schreiner Medi- Pharm is designing innovative solutions for auto-injectors with integrated RFID and NFC technology, to allow the easy handling and safe administration of liquid medicines. ”Schreiner MediPharm, provider of specialty labels, is the largest business unit within the Schreiner Group and has been a reliable partner to the pharmaceutical industry for decades. More than 70 per cent of our sales are generated by the export of multifunctional labels for this industry,“ says Thorsten Kircher. This shows that companies are searching worldwide for high-quality solution specialists who meet equally high quality standards.

Last modified on Friday, 30 October 2015 18:03
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