RFID (radio frequency identification) technology made a dramatic comeback in the recent times. The airline logistics, retail, construction, educational institutions, and even healthcare invested in it without batting an eyelid.
RFID has been helping doctors and their staff fight against the deadly coronavirus. How? The microchips inside the RFID tags can track down as well as authenticate the vaccines coming from the production department to the clinical setting. They do the same for PPE (personal protective equipment), antibody test tools, and valuable drugs.
RFID has become an integral part of the supply chains in the medical industry. Its capacity to record and transmit information in real time allowed the managers maintain cent per cent visibility in the constantly changing pandemic. To know the applications in detail, please go through the rest of the discussion now.
- Authenticates PPE and Test Kits
SUKU, a blockchain organization, collaborated with Smartrac to verify and authenticate test kits used for Covid19 and PPE through a RFID tag. The tag makes sure the test kits are safe just like the FDA or any other equally legitimate source would do. The tag also provides data regarding the origin and price of the PPE. Sell the tags to the approved suppliers and then track where they actually come from.
The researchers claimed that when RFID technology will mature, it will become a fit for all blockchain applications. The amalgamation of the two will increase visibility and reduce errors. They after all eliminate the human quotient from the equation.
- Makes Vaccines and Plasma Visible in Real-Time
A wide range of companies are utilizing RFID sensors to track the plasma, some of which can treat patients suffering from coronavirus. Thanks to RFID tracking, the Life Share Blood Center in USA (south central side) received the necessary plasma and was able to create antibodies for critical patients. The technology assures real-time visibility, starting from the collection to the distribution. Now that’s great, right?
RFID along with blockchain ensure the vaccines that come to hospitals or clinics are not tampered with or counterfeited in any way. The RFID sensors can also find out if the vaccines reach the location they are supposed to reach and in the right time. They send the data back to the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Monitors the Overall Hospital
RFID has made its way to the healthcare sector before the pandemic. The doctors, however, realized its significance after the pandemic started. RFID reader at the hand-washing stations provides comprehensive reports about the staff who washed their hands thoroughly as well as the ones who simply ignored the hygiene.
RFID can also track sturdy medical gears and assets of high value. It does so without manual inspection. With RFID, the staff can locate the equipment wherever they are and then observe its movement. The staff comes to know if medicines, gloves, sanitizers, etc. must be restocked. All of this optimizes the use of hospital supplies to the greatest extent.
Earlier people used to purchase RFID for warehouse inventory management only, but, as evident from the above discussion, the technology made itself useful in other ways too. We have been fighting coronavirus for quite some time now, and with all the help we are receiving, the world will surely get rid of it soon.