Mission Critical Auto-ID Solutions for Healthcare
Health & Life-Sciences organizations that run large Manufacturing, Distribution and in - hospital operations are seeing the sheer volume of assets movements associated with their day-day activities increase sharply. Conventional identification and tracking techniques are sometimes inadequate to handle the volume, and they don't meet client expectations of "real-time" tracking, or detecting recalled and expired items at the instant of them being dispensed.
The nation's blood products supply chain (see figure below), a critical pillar of our public health infrastructure, is one such example where enabling error-free delivery of blood products is a key component of enhancing overall healthcare safety.
The members of Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium have been actively engaged in the first-ever comprehensive investigation to research and develop a solution to enhance patient safety, reduce operating costs and strengthen quality in the blood supply chain. The Consortium has been working with S3Edge to design a suite of web-based and mobile applications for blood centers and hospitals that automate the following processes at various touch-points in the transfusion medicine supply chain:
- Automate check-in of collections at donor sites.
- Eliminate errors during receive receipt / release of blood products at blood centers.
- Provide granular visibility of all products as they flow from the donor site to the blood center, all the way up to bedside point of care at hospitals.
- Ensure patient safety by verifying that the right product is being administered to the right patient at transfusion time.
The resulting mission-critical, Auto-ID based applications utilize High Frequency (HF) RFID technology in concert with barcodes, and have been deployed in production pilots at both the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The solution consists of the following 2 parts:
- A Blood Center Solution to track the physical movement of and information about blood products from the point of donation, through processing at the blood center and shipment to a hospital transfusion center.
- A Hospital Transfusion Services Solution to track the movement of blood products from the point of receipt of the blood products by the hospital transfusion center through the blood bank operation to the point of transfusion administration at the patient bedside.
Each of these individual solutions include the following components:
- A central server
- Network attached RFID/bar code readers where the readers are usually a combination of the following:
- Handheld RFID/bar code readers (running Spotlight Mobile)
- Fixed table top PAD readers
- Tunnel readers
- Paddle readers
- Packaged Software (S3Edge Spotlight & Spotlight Mobile)
- Server-based applications that are made visible to uses through a secure web site using a standard web browser.
- Mobile applications that are made visible to users through a windows CE/Windows Mobile handheld RFID/Bar code scanner device that is wirelessly connected to the central server.
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