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RFID Discovery

RFID Discovery Logo WebRFID Discovery is a Harland Simon Healthcare Solution. Used by a growing number of hospitals across the UK RFID Discovery is the number one choice for active and passive RFID systems in the healthcare sector. As a systems provider Harland Simon specialises in fully integrated automation and tracking solutions.


An RFID solution for 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.

Video: See what clinical engineering professionals from five different NHS Trusts have to say about the benefits of using RFID tracking for mobile medical devices.


GS1-compliant Asset Labelling with RFID tags and the UK's Scan4Safety initiative

Scan4SafetyThe UK Department of Health’s eProcurement strategy mandates the use of GS1 standards in every NHS Acute Trust in England – to increase efficiencies and significantly improve the quality and safety of care.

The Scan4Safety project is helping the NHS save thousands of lives and millions of pounds by adopting GS1 standards and enabling Trusts to identify every person, every product and every place. This provides Trusts with reliable information about who did what to whom – when, where and why.

When used in conjunction with RFID tags, GS1 numbers and barcodes provide the necessary information and process controls to manage devices more effectively. Linking device barcodes to barcoded patient wristbands supports the NHS Scan4Safety initiative by making it easy to record which medical equipment has been used on which patients.


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

This white paper provides a comprehensive overview of the reasons driving and supporting the adoption of RFID technology, as well as explaining how RFID works and can be applied in a healthcare setting. It also explains in detail the benefits of using RFID, categorised into the four key areas of cost reduction and avoidance, improved quality of care, improved risk management and increased efficiency.

To illustrate how trusts across the UK are using RFID to improve the management of medical devices, this white paper is supplemented by four case studies.

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Case Study - Inventory Management with GS1-compliant active and passive RFID tags at CUH Addenbrookes Hospital

Addenbrookes Cambridge

By pioneering the use of active and passive RFID technology, and implementing GS1 standards to manage mobile medical equipment, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (Addenbrookes) has improved efficiency, increased patient safety and reduced capital expenditure.

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RFID Case Study - transforming equipment management and maintenance costs at East Kent Hospitals

NHS East Kent Univertsity Hospitals

East Kent Hospitals have improved the management of owned and hired equipment through the use of RFID asset tracking.

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RFID Passive TagBenefits of GS1-compliant passive RFID tags for asset management

Passive RFID tags can replace existing asset labels and incorporate a GS1 barcode carrying a Global Asset Identifier (GIAI). These benefits come at virtually no additional cost in comparison to a simple barcode label which does not deliver the benefits possible by RFID. It therefore makes sense for hospitals that are relabelling medical devices, to choose a passive RFID tag rather than a simple barcode label. Replacing existing labels with passive RFID tags is a future-proof solution which offers many benefits for inventory management.


RFID Discovery TrolleyThe RFID Trolley

The RFID Discovery trolley forms part of a passive RFID inventory management system. With all the benefits of a handheld reader, it offers a more powerful option to detect tags achieving a read range of up to 11 metres. Fitted with an industry leading reader and three passive UHF RFID antennas, it records tagged assets and inventory as it is pushed around the hospital site.

“Last time it took us a total of 3 months to complete a full inventory. With all of our 14,000 devices tagged with passive RFID we will be able to cut this down to a few days which means a huge time saving every year.”

Bryan Hynd, Head of Medical Physics, NHS Forth Valley.

Download the RFID Trolley Information Sheet