Health Robotics today announced the general availability of embedded Radio-frequency identification (RFID) for its world-leading Sterile Compounding Automation solutions i.v.STATION, i.v.SOFT, and i.v.STATION ONCO. These RFID upgrades will be showcased at the upcoming ASHP Midyear Meeting & Exhibition (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) on December 2-6 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Booth # 853. At the same time, Health Robotics announced that it entered the Blood/Plasma Automation Industry by leveraging its unique technology benefits across the Pharmaceutical and Blood/Plasma industry sectors.
Gaspar DeViedma, Health Robotics’ Executive V.P. and Board Member, stated: “I’m very pleased to announce Health Robotics’ upgrade of its auto-labeling and scanning systems to automatically embed location and temperature control tracking all the way to the patient. Health Robotics’ RFID solutions allow for a dramatic improvement of the safety of frozen and temperature controlled medications and blood/plasma patient doses through continuous monitoring prior to their expiration dates, including increasing the beyond-use-date for frozen and temperature-controlled medications and blood/plasma patient doses.”
Health Robotics plans to leverage features such as robotics accuracy, auto-labeling, and temperature and location/tracking control across both the Pharmaceutical and Blood/Plasma industry sectors.
RFID solutions provide a wireless non-contact system that uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from a tag attached to an object, for the purposes of automatic identification and tracking. The RFID tags contain electronically stored information, which unlike bar-codes, do not need to be within line of sight of the reader and may be embedded in the tracked object, often resulting in faster scans, hands-free operations, massive scanning of multiple objects, and improved workflow and patient safety. Health Robotics’ new and affordable RFID solutions have been developed through an exclusive cooperation with Techsigno.
Mr. DeViedma continued: “Just as an example of how these new RFID solutions work with one of our Robots, i.v.STATION can optionally embed and automatically affix an RFID tag to the IV Bag or syringe during the printing of the paper label. This is particularly useful for the growing number of Health Robotics’ customers that manufacture or plan to manufacture IV Batch products that require temperature control, storage, shipping, and tracking for extended periods of time before final delivery to patients. Centralized Sterile Compounding sites are becoming much more prevalent in the Life Sciences industry as Health Systems move to in-source Sterile Compounding in light of the high cost of traditional outsourced and/or pre-mix solutions, amid the soaring healthcare expenditures and diminishing budgets.”