Health ID specialises in RFID solutions, RFID labels and RTLS for the healthcare sector in Australia. Our RFID and RTLS solutions are underpinned by technology from the likes of Avery Dennison Smartrac, Zebra, RAMP, SATO and Impinj. We also manufacture our own “smart” RFID / NFC labels at our facility in Brisbane, Australia.
A key benefit of RFID technology is that it doesn’t require line of sight – making it ideal for large healthcare settings.
At Health ID, our focus is on designing cost-effective RFID and RTLS solutions that primarily use “passive” RFID tags to track medical assets, inventory and medications. We also use “active” RFID tags in some of our asset tracking solutions.
As one of the few “onshore” manufacturers of RFID / NFC labels in Australia, we aim to provide local healthcare providers, businesses and government agencies with a reliable supply of affordable RFID / NFC labels.
What is RFID?
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a wireless technology that uses electromagnetic waves (radio signals) to identify and track objects, including assets, inventory and (in some cases) people. For an object to be trackable, it needs to have an RFID label or tag attached to it.
What is RTLS?
Real-time locating systems (RTLS) are tracking systems that automatically identify and locate assets or people in real time. The technology underpinning many RTLS systems is Radio-frequency identification (RFID), which is described above.
Passive RFID versus Active RFID
Passive RFID tags are powered by electromagnetic energy from “interrogating” RFID readers, whereas active RFID tags are powered by batteries. Active RFID solutions are generally more complex and expensive than passive RFID solutions.
RFID and RTLS Applications in Healthcare
Health ID leads the way in RFID and RTLS solutions for Australia’s healthcare sector – focusing on supply chain management, asset visibility and utilisation, and patient safety.
RFID solutions are widely used for inventory tracking in Australia. Most hospitals and aged care facilities have to manage large quantities of single-use equipment, such as dressings, syringes and personal protective equipment (PPE). Passive RFID labels can be affixed to boxes of supplies and individual single-use items. Passive RFID tags are also suitable for laundry tracking (linens and hospital gowns).
Whether its surgical instruments or portable medical equipment (PME), healthcare assets are expensive to replace. Depending on its value, a medical asset can be fitted with either a passive or active RFID tag to reduce the likelihood of loss or misplacement. Active RFID tags (in tandem with RTLS) are sometimes attached to high value items, such as mobile workstations, intravenous (IV) infusion pumps and vital signs monitors.
Medication Tracking and Management
Medications can be tracked remotely via RFID to ensure adequate stock levels, monitor use-by dates and prevent theft. RFID can also assist with medication management – ensuring that patients receive the correct medication and dosage. An increasing number of pharmaceutical companies are affixing RFID labels to their products to prevent counterfeiting, tampering and supply chain contamination.
The use of patient RFID labels in Australia is on the rise. Many healthcare facilities are using passive RFID labels and wristbands to verify identity and store patient information. An advantage of RFID labels over traditional barcodes is that the patient doesn’t need to be disturbed during checks (RFID operates without line of sight).
RFID Products – Australia
RFID Labels and Tags – Australia
Health ID is your one-stop shop for RFID labels and tags in Australia. We not only supply RFID consumables from Avery Dennison Smartrac, Zebra, SATO and Impinj, but manufacture our own “smart” RFID / NFC labels in Brisbane, Australia.
What is an RFID Label?
An RFID label is comprised of an RFID inlay that’s embedded into a traditional pressure-sensitive label. The completed label is then attached to the object requiring identification and/or tracking.
How does an RFID Label Work?
The RFID inlay contains a microchip (for storing data) and an antenna (for sending and receiving data via a radio signal). The radio signal is sent or received by a handheld or fixed RFID reader. When an RFID Reader receives data, it transfers it to an online database or mobile application for monitoring and/or analysis.
Whether you’re seeking an end-to-end RFID solution or specific RFID equipment, Health ID has you covered for RFID / RTLS solutions and RFID labels / tags in Australia. For further information, please call our friendly and knowledgeable team on 07 3303 0219.