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

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