One constant in the world of healthcare is change – new procedures based on the latest research; changes in medications; new directives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), etc. And one recent change shaking up the industry is the FDA rule requiring that most medical devices in the U.S. carry a unique device identifier (UDI) in order to enable a universal system to track these devices for improved patient safety.
Although there are several ways that unique identifying numbers can be applied to a medical device, the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is an ideal solution.
RFID provides a reliable, easy to use method to tag and track devices throughout their lifetime, with rugged RFID tags capable of withstanding device sterilization. And unlike serial numbers or bar code labels, RFID tags can be scanned and read automatically without direct line of sight.
In addition to FDA compliance, RFID delivers the added bonus of improved supply chain logistics, as well as reduced costs due to increased efficiency and productivity, eliminating wasted time spent looking for misplaced items. Moreover, real-time tracking of devices helps ensure proper disposal or sterilization for better overall patient safety.
FEIG Electronics and our partners provide state-of-the-art RFID technology solutions ideally suited to healthcare applications. In fact, FEIG is the only supplier offering readers for low frequency (30-500 KHz), high frequency (13.56 MHz) and ultra-high frequency (860-960 MHz), enabling a wide variety of applications.