RFID Systems for Medical Diagnostic Laboratories

In both the U.S. and Canada, Medical Diagnostic Laboratories are responsible for diagnosing and verifying the causes of an illness. Medical laboratories specialize in the following:

  • Hematology
  • Microbiology
  • Blood banking
  • Immunology
  • Molecular biology
  • Cytotechnology
  • Clinical chemistry

Medical Diagnostic Laboratories specialize in the following: Pathology (the study of diseases), histology (the study of cells and tissues under a microscope), microbiology (the study of microorganisms that cause disease), hematology (the study of the blood and in health and disease), toxicology (the study of the harmful effects of toxins) and immunopathology (the study of the human immune system in relation to disease).

 

GAO RFID System Solutions: Medical Diagnostic Laboratories

Our RFID solutions for Medical Diagnostic Laboratories provide the technology to recognize individual patient medical histories and specimen tracking. Relevant medical information is readily at hand for individual patients regardless of what hospital has sent in lab samples for diagnosis. Hospital administrators are always looking at different methods of improving accuracy and efficiency while reducing costs. The incorporation of radio frequency identification technology can curb overspending within a hospital setting and ensure accurate identification of specimen samples. Managing runaway overage costs for a Medical Diagnostic Lab means lower prices being billed out to a hospital and lower costs for determining lab results. This makes Medical Diagnostic Laboratories more financially competitive compared to other labs that do not utilize RFID technology.

Storage and Expiry Dates of Lab Kits/Reagents

While test devices used in medical diagnostic laboratories are usually identified visually or instrumentally read, GAO RFID’s solution for diagnostic labs provides a way to automate the identification process. A diagnostic test component must be able to function properly in order to deliver quality test results. All specimens for testing must be accurately identified, delivered and stored properly to preserve its integrity for lab tests. RFID Tags for Medical Use can monitor reagents to prevent expiry dates thus preventing skewed diagnostic results.

A product’s (lab kit/reagents) shelf life is written on the product labelling, this indicates its performance claims. Lab technicians must be cognizant of a lab kits room temperature and if certain products should be stored in a refrigeration unit. Certain lab kits must be brought to room temperature prior to use. Further documentation must be recorded by lab technicians regarding temperatures before testing begins.

Untrained operators need no longer rely on specific laboratory documenting techniques. By simply scanning lab kits that are already have RFID Tags enabled on them, a lab technician with a Handheld RFID Reader will not need to worry about making errors.

Inventory Tracking

The biggest obstacle facing Medical Laboratories is inventory control. Traditional labs that do not use RFID technology are leaving themselves vulnerable to misplaced products, expired lab kits and other factors that contribute to lost revenue. Lab facilities and vendors need to know the location and the current state of inventory (expired or non-expired) in real-time. Failure to know current inventory levels at all times means patients and hospitals are inconvenienced. Manually checking inventory is timely and inefficient resulting in lost revenue. Accurate reporting of expired kits is necessary to ensure inventory is fully stocked, an auto resupply system aided by our RFID Asset Tracking System technology that can be integrated with proprietary software, saving you the trouble of wondering when you should do reordering or not.

Expiration scenario:

“Use life” is the medical term for determining the length of time that an opened (unpackaged lab kit or reagent) test will function according to its performance claims. Immunoassays are fast accurate tests used by laboratories to detect specific molecules. The GAO RFID Asset Tracking system can alert you to when you should change your inventory.

The FDA has published a Q&A document entitled “How does the FDA interpret the regulations (21 CFR Part 211) regarding the establishment of expiry dating for chemicals, reagents, solutions, and solvents?” – including mobile phases.

If the manufacturer suggests an expiry date, that date should be followed. The FDA expects an assessment to be performed for purchased laboratory reagents without expiry date indicated by the manufacturer. For example, literature review of that specific chemical’s or chemical family’s stability may be acceptable to determine an appropriate “use by” or expiry date. – GMP Inspection Database

For example, an unopened reagent FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test) kit past its expiration date accidentally mailed to a patient cannot be used once received by the lab. A current FOBT kit will have to be re-mailed to the patient further delaying the diagnosis of a potentially fatal disease. Not only do mistakes similar to this cost medical labs potential profits it indicates a lack of professionalism on the part of the lab doing the tests. Expired kit components yield unreliable results. The above scenario can be remedied with our RFID technology.

Counterfeit Proof Diagnostics

Medical diagnostic laboratories that specialize in urine analysis for professional athletes can tag reagents incorporating GAO RFID software to prevent counterfeit samples. This can ensure a constant revenue stream for the lab using this technology.

An RFID Reader inserted in a urine analysis machine can identify branded reagents with a unique ID know only to the lab; these are just some of the benefits of using GAO RFID’s track and trace technology.

Integrating our solution with your healthcare system

The GAO RFID System Solutions for Medical Diagnostic Laboratories can significantly reduce lab costs, save time and introduce new revenue streams when it comes to testing for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs.

Contact us for more information on how our RFID software and hardware health care system can be configured for your Diagnostic Laboratory.