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Blood bank management improves with RFID technology

Veronica C. Silva | Sept. 25, 2012
Blood bags are tracked and traced to ensure fast and efficient delivery to patients.

When every second counts, such as in a medical setting, the efficient delivery of supplies and services can spell a big difference between life and death. With technology, this life-and-death drama can now be avoided.

Using RFID, a Japanese company is helping the healthcare industry in the Asia Pacific region better manage the logistics behind blood supply management when it matters the most.

SATO, a company listed in the Tokyo Stock Exchange, recently introduced a blood safety solution that can automate the tracking of blood bag for faster and more efficient delivery from the donation centre to bedside transfusion.

Using Phase Jitter Modulation (PJM) RFID and 2D code technology, the SATO Blood Safety Solution can help those in charge of blood supply and delivery with an improved inventory system for different blood types. The RFID technology can track in real-time the speed at which blood bags are delivered.

Better technology

With PJM RFID, large volumes of tagged items can be quickly and accurately identified since RFID tags can be read faster, even when inside containers, compared to barcodes, which use line-of-sight technology.

SATO explained that tracking a bag of blood is a time-consuming process that involves multiple steps. With manual data entry, these steps can result in delays and can mean the difference between saving and losing a life.

The SATO blood solution is a data-rich and location-aware system that can ease logistics management, which is especially crucial for volume and fast delivery.

"Optimising the logistical management of blood with speed and efficiency is the key today," said Lim Yee, managing director, SATO Asia Pacific.

"The SATO Blood Safety Solution is not a nice-to-have, but a must-have, for the healthcare industry in Asia Pacific. Patient safety is our main concern, and our solution integrates the latest technologies to offer healthcare organisations peace of mind, speed and efficiency," Lim added.

The SATO blood bag technology solution incorporates other third-party technology and software for printing, bar code reading, tunnel reading, RFID tagging, and RFID Smart Blood Fridge storage.


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