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The Global Market for RFID in Healthcare

RFID offers various solutions for the main segments of the healthcare industry—hospitals and nursing homes, pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, and pharmacies.

This Kalorama Information report, The Global Market for RFID in Healthcare , defines the market for RFID opportunities in the healthcare industry, focusing on five market segments:

  • Pharmaceutical/Blood Product Distribution and Tracking
  • Patient/Medical Staff Identification and Tracking
  • Medical Asset Tracking and Locating
  • Implantable Device RFID use
  • Other areas (including medical documents and patient records)

Market estimates and forecasts are provided for each segment.

The main users of RFID technology in the healthcare sector include hospitals, pharmaceutical manufacturers, nursing homes, and pharmacies. In the pharmaceuticals sector, RFID has been deployed by a number of companies, primarily for supply chain management applications. In most cases, the technology has been deployed for particular applications or a part of the business.

As part of its coverage of RFID in global healthcare the report discusses the following trends:

  • Healthcare Establishment Statistics
  • U.S. Healthcare Employment Projections
  • Aging Population
  • RFID Emissions may Affect Certain Medical Devices
  • Active RFID and Wi-Fi Networks in Healthcare Applications
  • Hospital Inefficiency
  • Counterfeit Drugs
  • Global Counterfeiting
  • Benefits of Improving Product Management
  • Regulatory Compliance to Control Drug Counterfeiting
  • Electronic Pedigree and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Improved Inventory Control
  • Prescription Sample Control
  • Health and Safety Concerns
  • Smaller, Faster Chips
  • Other Uses of RFID in Healthcare
  • “Never Events” Reimbursement
  • Signal Transmissions
  • Existing Technologies
  • Uniform Regulation and Standardization
  • Public Privacy Concerns
This Kalorama Information market research report was constructed using both primary and secondary sources, including a search of trade and medical literature, annual reports, and interviews with executives at companies in the industry.

The following companies are profiled in the report:

  • 3M
  • Alien Technology
  • Blue Vector
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intermec, Inc.
  • Motorola
  • PositiveID (previously VeriChip)
  • Solstice Medical
  • SupplyScape
  • Tagsys, Inc.
  • Versus Technology
  • Zebra Technologies
This Kalorama Information market research report was constructed using both primary and secondary sources, including a search of trade and medical literature, annual reports, and interviews with executives at companies in the industry.


New York, May 13, 2010— New RFID systems employed in healthcare settings may help them keep track of their staff’s compliance with policies, from which rooms they enter, to what inventory they use or even how often they wash their hands, according to healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information. Staff tracking measures are among the most novel, but not the only, applications for RFID in the healthcare sector. Kalorama estimates, in its new report The Global Market for RFID in Healthcare, that there will be nearly a billion-dollar market for RFID in healthcare.

RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology involves the use of small ‘tag’ devices that emit radio signals which are read by RFID readers. The tag is read (or encoded) when it is in range of the reader. The information is managed by a computer system which allows users to interact with the data. Because they do not involve data entry and they enhance the very mobile healthcare industry, Kalorama has long foreseen the growth of RFID technologies in healthcare and estimates there will be a $960 million market this year for systems that help healthcare facilities function. The report indicates that hand washing compliance is one of the areas where RFID devices can help.

“Infection control is critical for healthcare systems as they try to reduce negative events, and RFID is one of the few technologies that can help,” said Bruce Carlson, Publisher of Kalorama Information.

With nearly 2 million patients developing hospital-acquired infections annually, the report says that compliance is an important issue and will drive sales of such systems. With an RFID hand washing compliance system, when a staff member approaches the soap dispenser, the dispenser reads the RFID-encoded badge. It records who is at the station and when activity is taking place. Resurgent Medical and Versus Technology are among the vendors that make hand washing compliance systems. Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami is an example of a hospital that has implemented the system, and Kalorama believes that other healthcare entities will follow.

“The RFID system is brutally honest,” Carlson said. “If a hospital is not in compliance, the data will soon alert management. Management can then decide how to improve individual or unit behavior.”

The use of RFID for the purpose of staff tracking is in the early stages and it is not the only use for RFID technologies in the healthcare sector. Kalorama believes the bulk of RFID sales in healthcare will be in tracking patients for safety and billing purposes, inventory control and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Kalorama Information’s report The Global Market for RFID in Healthcare contains information on each aspect of RFID in healthcare, and a detailed analysis of the products and competitors active in the industry.

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  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • INTRODUCTION
    • SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY
    • SIZE AND GROWTH OF THE MARKET
      • Table World Healthcare RFID Market, 2007-2014
    • CUSTOMER SEGMENTS
      • Table Major RFID Benefits for Users
    • COST OF RFID DEPLOYMENT
    • INDUSTRY INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE THE ADOPTION OF RFID IN HEALTHCARE AND PHARMACEUTICALS
  • INTRODUCTION
    • BASICS OF RFID TECHNOLOGY
      • Table RFID Terminology
      • Basic System Components
      • Configurations of RFID Systems
      • Parameters for Distinguishing RFID Systems
        • Table Classification of Radio Frequency in Terms of Performance Parameters
        • Table Applications of RFID with Different Ranges
        • Table Comparison of Active and Passive RFID in Terms of Different Performance
      • Classification of RFID Systems
        • Table Auto ID Centre Classification of RFID Systems
      • Security Aspects and Possible Attacks on RFID Systems
        • Table Types of Attacks on RFID Systems and their Countermeasures
      • RFID Infrastructure
    • KEY BENEFITS OF RFID IN HEALTHCARE
      • Applications of RFID in the Pharmaceutical Industry
        • Table Select Identification Technologies Compared on Different Parameters
        • Table Key Differences between Bar Codes and RFID
      • RFID Application Areas
        • Table Vertical-wise Application and Benefits of RFID
      • Drivers
      • Challenges
      • Application of Identification Technologies
    • ANTI-COUNTERFEITING APPLICATIONS FOR RFID IN THE PHARMACEUTICAL SUPPLY CHAIN
      • Current Counterfeit Warning from the FDA
      • Pfizer's SupplyScape E-Pedigree System
      • Pharmaceutical Company Interview
      • Pharmaceutical Distributor Interview
    • WORLDWIDE IMPLEMENTATION OF RFID WITHIN PHARMACEUTICALS
      • Building Radio Frequency Identification Solutions for the Global Environment (BRIDGE) Project
        • Table BRIDGE project RFID Implementation
      • St. Clair Hospital
      • GlaxoSmithKline
      • Refrigerated Drug Cabinets
      • Partners Develop E-Pedigree Solutions for Pharmaceutical Companies
      • Cardinal Health and California's Drug Pedigree Law
      • Faster and More Accurate Shipping Methods
    • WORLDWIDE IMPLEMENTATION OF RFID WITHIN HEALTHCARE SERVICES INDUSTRY
      • Jena Hospital
      • Wayne Memorial Hospital
      • Enterprise VISion system from Versus Technology
  • ISSUES AND TRENDS
    • HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENT STATISTICS
      • Table Healthcare Statistics
      • U.S. Healthcare Employment Projections
      • Aging Population
        • Table International Population Trend Age 65+ (Thousands)
        • Table United States Population Trend Age 65+ (Thousands)
    • RFID EMISSIONS MAY AFFECT CERTAIN MEDICAL DEVICES
      • Affect on Blood Products
    • ACTIVE RFID AND WI-FI NETWORKS IN HEALTHCARE
    • HOSPITAL INEFFICIENCY
    • COUNTERFEIT DRUGS
      • Global Counterfeiting
        • Table Counterfeiting Rates by Region
    • BENEFITS OF IMPROVING PRODUCT MANAGEMENT
    • REGULATORY COMPLIANCE TO CONTROL DRUG COUNTERFEITING
      • Electronic Pedigree and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
      • Return on Investment (ROI)
        • Table Estimated Return on Investment (millions) for the Implementation of RFID Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
        • Table Estimated Return on Investment (millions) for the Implementation of RFID Pharmaceutical Distributors
    • IMPROVED INVENTORY CONTROL
      • Prescription Sample Control, Restocking Pharmaceutical Supplies and RFID
    • HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS
    • CLINICAL TRIALS
    • SMALLER, FASTER CHIPS
    • OTHER USES OF RFID IN HEALTHCARE
      • "Never Events" Reimbursement
    • SIGNAL TRANSMISSIONS
    • EXISTING TECHNOLOGIES
    • UNIFORM REGULATION AND STANDARDIZATION
      • Developers Answer to Uniform Standards
    • RFID'S PUBLIC PRIVACY CONCERNS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Total World RFID Market, All Applications, 2007-2014
    • WORLD RFID MARKETS BY APPLICATION
      • Military Applications
      • Animal Applications
      • Retail/Manufacturing/Fashion Applications
      • Transportation Applications
      • Documents/Financial Assets/Security (non-military) Applications
      • Healthcare Applications
      • Other Applications
        • Table Total RFID Market, by Application, Estimated 2009
    • RFID FOCUS: HEALTHCARE MARKET
      • Table World Healthcare RFID Market, 2007-2014
    • PHARMACEUTICAL RFID MARKET SIZE AND FORECAST
      • Table Pharmaceutical and Blood Products RFID Market, 2007-2014
    • STAFF AND PATIENT RFID ID AND TRACKING MARKET SIZE AND FORECAST
      • Table Staff and Patient Tracking RFID Market, 2007-2014
    • MEDICAL ASSET RFID TRACKING MARKET SIZE AND FORECAST
      • Table Medical Asset RFID Tracking Market, 2007-2014
    • IMPLANTABLE DEVICE RFID TRACKING MARKET SIZE AND FORECAST
      • Table Implantable Device RFID Tracking Market, 2007-2014
    • OTHER MEDICAL/HEALTHCARE RFID TECHNOLOGY MARKET SIZE AND FORECAST
      • Table Other RFID Tracking Market, 2007-2014
    • TOTAL HEALTHCARE RFID MARKET BY WORLD REGION
      • Table Healthcare RFID Market by World Region, Estimated 2009 Revenues and Share
    • INDUSTRY VOICES
    • INDUSTRY INITIATIVES TO PROMOTE THE ADOPTION OF RFID IN HEALTHCARE AND PHARMACEUTICALS
  • IMPLEMENTING AN RFID SYSTEM
    • RFID INFRASTRUCTURE DEPLOYMENT
      • Table Planning and Implementing RFID Systems
      • Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Deployment
        • Table Phase-wise Proposed Deployment of RFID in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
      • Scaling from Pilot to Implementation Stage
    • COST OF RFID DEPLOYMENT
  • CORPORATE PROFILES
    • INTRODUCTION
    • 3M
    • ALIEN TECHNOLOGY
    • BLUE VECTOR
    • HEWLETT-PACKARD
    • INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES (IBM)
    • INTERMEC, INC.
    • MOTOROLA
    • POSITIVEID (PREVIOUSLY VERICHIP)
    • SOLSTICE MEDICAL
    • SUPPLYSCAPE
    • TAGSYS, INC.
    • VERSUS TECHNOLOGY
    • ZEBRA TECHNOLOGIES
  • REGULATORY AUTHORITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
  • LIST OF COMPANIES

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