Improve asset visibility and utilisation, save capital expenditure and cut down time spent locating equipment
RFiD Discovery is successfully being used by many healthcare organisations and NHS trusts in the UK to track mobile medical devices and other 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.
• Accurate record of where medical assets are
• Fully integrated with asset management database
• Updating inventory records takes minutes instead of hours
• Improved management of contractors
• Improved patient safety by increased maintenance inspection rates
• Better asset utilisation means significantly reduced capital expenditure
How asset tracking works
In addition, passive RFID tags incorporating GS1 barcodes can be used to keep an inventory of all medical assets, including lower value items. This provides an asset identification system that complies with the most recent mandate from the UK Department of Health. RFID Discovery passive tags are fully GS1 compliant and, where used, replace standard asset labels.
"It used to take us 4 days to audit 7 wards, with RFID Discovery we can now do this in 30 minutes."
Simon Dawkins, Head of Medical Equipment Library, Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust