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RFID Automates Safety, Status Data for Endoscopes


Olympus Medical Systems Group, a division of Olympus America, has released a solution known as Unifia that employs radio frequency identification to track the location, history and status of endoscopes used during medical and surgical procedures. The system is designed to help health-care providers manage data regarding the use of endoscopes on patients, as well as the devices' processing and storage. The system serves as a step beyond the medical device company's other RFID solutions that track only the leak-testing and processing of endoscopes prior to their use on patients (see Olympus Automates Its Endoscope Tester Via RFID)

Unifia consists of a software platform designed to manage data about each Olympus endoscope, as well as handheld readers that scan RFID tags or bar codes. The software captures, interprets and stores the RFID read data, thereby creating a history of where each endoscope has been, when it was used and on which patient. It will also note which processing steps were completed or missed. That information provides hospitals with greater infection protection for patients, the company says, as well as an asset-management tool to ensure that endoscopes are available when needed.