UHF RFID in Healthcare
The Batteryless RFID Imperative in Healthcare. Why you should consider passive RFID first.

Today, for as little as 8 cents per tag in quantities of 5 million units, one can obtain Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that need no batteries and can report their unique identity to a reader 50 feet away. What does this mean? Simply put, batteryless (also called passive) tags enable the rapid and precise measurement of almost every operation in the healthcare setting - from counting and verifying the number of items in each surgical tray to understanding the calculus of human behavior in hygiene compliance.

Given today’s economic environment, the low cost, easy to deploy benefits of UHF RFID readers and tags allows hospitals to select a single or a small number of critical areas to deploy a Passive RFID solution – based on immediate need - then expand to additional departments or add complementary components as more resources and budget become available.

Further, the ability to embed Passive RFID into mobile and stationary devices allows hospitals to benefit from patient-centric applications that would otherwise not be possible, such as point-of-care solutions and services, automated pharmaceutical receipt & distribution, ADT, and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) applications.

ThingMagic Fixed and Embedded UHF RFID Readers have been selected for many healthcare applications, including:

  • Choke point asset ID and management
  • OR Loss prevention
  • Surgical tray and instrument track-and-trace
  • Pharmaceutical access and inventory control
  • Integration into medical carts & cabinets
  • Patient tracking/throughput
  • Document management
  • For more information, download our whitepaper The Batteryless RFID Imperative in Healthcare

    Healthcare Case Studies

  • Loss Prevention and Asset Tracking at Greenville Hospital.
  • Enhanced Patient Experience at The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center .

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    RFID Demand Increasing

    "Month to month, we're seeing demand for RFID label applications that extend far beyond traditional retail and supply chain use. In addition to CPG suppliers, manufacturers and retailers, our RFID customers include businesses in the food industry, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and other markets, using RFID for inventory control, asset tracking, document tracking, and even patient tracking. When they see a demonstration of a 10-second RFID scan of a rack of products versus a 10-minute manual bar code scan of the same rack, they're eager to adopt RFID and customize an application for their specific use."

    -- Stephen Hull, Sato America