Medical Rfid Tagging: What Is and How It Works

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Medical RFID Tagging: What it is and how it works
Isis Melendez-Reynoso
GS1145: Strategies for the Technical Professional
Professor Laura Dorsey
Saturday AM
ITT Technical Institute
Unit 2 Assignment 2: New Technology in My Field
April 14, 2013

What is RFID Tagging? RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification. Therefore RFID simply means that radio frequency is being used on patients and products as an identifying marker and tracking process. The use of RFID technology on products will be combined with the Electronic Product Code (EPC). This will provide the capability to locate as well as track those items through the entire distribution chain. This means that Healthcare companies can capture required information such as the drug name, dosage, container size, amounts, lot/control numbers, etc. Using this new technology will help maintain a minimal amount of tampered products entering the healthcare supply chain, which has proven to be a growing concern. The types of solutions that RFID tagging can provide, is much needed by our healthcare companies. (Reiner & Sullivan, 2005)

When it comes to Medical devices and assets being tracked, RFID has a very strong application potential. The FDA already requires medical device companies to be able to identify each of the units it produces and distributes by a serial number. These medical device companies need better control of the implants on a consignment basis with hospitals, since returns can occur more than 50 percent of the time. With the new RFID technology that improvement in visibility into returns could possibly enable personnel to quickly and more efficiently locate a crucial piece of equipment and immediately determine its capabilities for use. In the event that a catastrophic error should arise, they would be completely traceable from the manufacturer to the consumer, and the preventative maintenance on equipment could be more accurately tracked. With the RFID tags with read/write...
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