RFID in Medical and Lab Technology

An interesting field for using embedded RFID is in connection with devices in medical and lab technology. An additional value can be created very quickly in this field through RFID - for example by added security, increased user friendliness or by securing the value chain and avoiding counterfeited goods.

Today most analytical devices for medical diagnostics and environmental measurements are still operated manually. The user inserts a sample by hand, which is then analyzed. Especially when there is a high workload a fast and reliable identification of the samples is crucial. Test tubes, vials and similar objects can be identified unmistakeable with the help of RFID technology. A wrong diagnose due to a mix-up of samples become impossible.

At the same time, many lab devices require that a consumable material is refilled for the actual chemical reaction. Only the right combination of test and consumable ensures the correctness of the analysis. By using RFID technology a consumable material can identified automatically by the device. Thus, the right operation is guaranteed at all times even by unexperienced users.

Furthermore, selling these consumable is often an important sales factor for manufacturers ? sometimes even more important than selling the lab devices itself. Thanks to RFID technology the authenticity of materials can be monitored, securing the revenue stram for the manufacturer. At the same time, wrong results due to counterfeited tests can be avoided. RFID can even be used to transfer calibration data from the consumable to the lab device.

In many applications in the medical and analytics industry it is vital to protocol the use of each device by the user in order to trace later which user conducted which test. Here, RFID can be a solution to grant access to the device only to authorized users with the help of an individual key tag or key card.

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