RFID Discovery - Tracking mobile medical devices

Considerably improve asset visibility and utilisation. Save capital expenditure and cut down valuable time spent by staff to locate misplaced equipment.

RFID Discovery is successfully being used by many healthcare organisations and NHS trusts in the UK to tag a variety of mobile assets including infusion pumps, syringe drivers, feeding devices, scanners, monitors, wheelchairs, mattresses and beds.


Why use RFID tracking

The loss and underutilisation of mobile assets costs the healthcare sector millions of pounds each year.

Particularly in acute hospitals, typically large multi-floored sites with over 10,000 assets, it's a struggle to keep track of equipment with staff clocking up hours and miles just searching for unused devices or out of service equipment.

Improving visibility of the location of essential equipment can considerably improve operational performance.


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Solutions for RFID Asset Tracking

New White Paper - The role of active and passive RFID as part of an effective medical device management system

Featuring four case studies, this white paper provides a comprehensive overview of the reasons driving the adoption of active and passive RFID technology in a healthcare setting. It also explains how the different types of RFID work and can be applied successfully to support medical device management.


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White Paper - The role of RFID in managing mobile medical devices

Effectively managing high volumes of mobile medical devices is a constant challenge. Based on a detailed case study on the use of RFID technology at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this white paper explores how RFID technology is providing a cost-effective way to manage mobile medical devices.


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Benefits


Accurate record of
where medical assets are



Better asset utilisation means
significantly reduced capital expenditure



Updating inventory records
takes minutes instead of hours


Improved patient safety by
increased maintenance inspection rates



Improved management
of contractors



Fully integrated with
asset management database

How asset tracking works


Data collection

As the medical engineer travels around the hospital using either the RFID Discovery trolley or hand-held PDA, the mobile reader performs equipment searches. With a read range of up to 20 meters it records the date, time and location when it receives a transmission from any tagged device. Passive UHF tag read ranges are typically up to 11m with the trolley.

This data can be immediately uploaded to the main database via a local wireless network or through a hard wired connection to a local work station. A web based application allows the user to interrogate a central database to see the last known location of an asset or generate a history report showing where an asset has been over a defined time frame. This store of location information helps deliver improved asset visibility, to optimise utilisation and improve overall operational and financial performance.

RFID Discovery can be integrated with any asset management database to avoid double entry of asset information. Hospitals can make use of existing wi-fi networks, but also have the option of installing additional readers in areas where there is insufficient wireless coverage.