RFID Report

Smart Tagging and Smart Packaging in Healthcare

Strategic ten-year forecasts & company intelligence profiles

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Report Summary
This report analyses how smart technologies will be used to resolve the enormous challenges in the healthcare industry. RFID, printed electronics and smart responsive materials can be used to reduce costs, errors, crime, deaths and sickness, and provide new earning streams, intellectual property, brand enhancements and market intelligence in healthcare. The report provides a detailed breakdown of enabling technologies, where and how they can (and are) being used and the potential and forecasts of their use in healthcare. Ten-year market projections have been created from exclusive research by IDTechEx.
Smart tags and packaging are already saving lives, preventing illnesses, errors and crime, and sharply reducing costs in healthcare. They variously involve Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and sensors reversibly or irreversibly indicating over 20 parameters from specific pathogens to imminent danger of sunburn or correct sterilisation. And that is just the beginning.
RFID will be used in high volumes in the supply chain for track and trace, to overcome fatal counterfeiting and product diversion, and improve supply chain efficiencies within healthcare. It is already used in very different and imaginative applications to address the needs of the industry. For example, 25 million chipless
RFID tags have automatically prevented the wrong dose of just one type of anaesthetic being delivered. A similar "electronic handshake" is used elsewhere to ensure that single use catheters, RF probe covers and other items cannot be used twice and the instrument will not function if an attempt is made to use them improperly.
RFID labels make containers of tablets talk to the blind and automate drug testing, drug trials and even electronically monitor patient compliance with dosage. Many RFID tags provide real time location of staff, assets and patients.
Beyond RFID, smart labels on food, vaccines, blood and transplants detect if overheating has taken place, the presence of specific bacteria and viruses and much more besides. Electronic skin patches make the ointment penetrate 16 to 32 times as fast and can administer drugs according to time of day or measured need. RFID, diagnostic labels and skin patches increasingly use similar technology and now combine some of these functions.
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Table of Contents
1.1.Problems to be solved
1.2.Finance is being provided
1.3.What are smart tags and smart packaging?
1.3.1.Non-electronic tags
1.3.2.Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags
1.3.3.Other disposable electronic tags and packaging
1.4.Smart transdermal patches
1.4.1.First generation – non-electronic
1.4.2.Second generation – electrical ionotophoresis
1.4.3.Third generation – electronic ionotophoresis
1.4.4.Fourth generation – ultrasound, RF, microinjection
1.5.Key enabling technologies
1.5.3.Responsive inks and laminates
1.5.4.Displays, speech, cost reduction of electronics
1.6.Animal healthcare
1.7.Statement of independence
2.1.Supply chain
2.1.1.UK hospital supply chain
2.1.2.Pharmaceutical control and reimbursement in Italy
2.1.3.Case history : Felletti Spadazzi, Italy
2.1.4.Case history : Sanacorp, Germany
2.2.Coping with small runs
2.3.Document management
2.3.1.Case history : Uchida Yoko, Japan
2.3.2.Case history : Yoshikawa, Japan
2.3.2.Case history : Checkpoint Systems, USA
2.4.1.Case history : X-ident, Germany
2.4.2.Case history : KSW Microtec, Germany
2.5.Blood sampling and control
2.5.1.Case history : Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
2.5.3.Case history : Technopuce, France
2.5.4.Case history : Hitachi, Japan
2.6.Hearing aids
2.7.The smart refrigerator and freezer
2.7.1.Case history : Electrolux, Germany
3.2.Counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals
3.2.2.Renewed efforts at policing
3.2.3.Big differences between countries
3.2.4.Russia neglectful of pharmaceutical counterfeits
3.2.5.Survey of counterfeit anti-malaria treatments
3.2.6.Massive problem in South America
3.2.7.East Asia taking stronger action
3.2.8.Solutions to counterfeit pharmaceuticals
3.3.Theft and product diversion
3.5.Secure access
3.5.1.Smart cards, shoes, wristbands, and implants
3.6.Assaults on staff and panic alerts
3.6.1.Case history : Technopuce, France
3.7.Intelligent dust for medical diagnostics and drug testing
3.8.Anthrax tester
3.21.1.Worse than AIDS and Malaria?
4.1.Surgical tools and consumables tracking
4.1.1.Case history : MBBS and Syntegra/BT, UK
4.2.Control of reuse
4.3.Drug delivery by electronic handshake
4.4.Control of single-use disposables by electronic handshake
4.5.Talking medication for the sight-impaired
4.5.1.Case history : EnVision America, USA
4.6.General prevention of medication errors
4.7.VeriChip human RFID implants for high risk patients
4.7.1.Case history : Digital Angel Corporation, USA
4.7.2.Radio transmission of identification and temperature
4.8.Methods of reducing errors in the dispensing of tablets
4.8.1.Case history : Cardinal Health, USA
4.9.Health cards
4.9.1.Case history : Germany
4.9.2.Case history : Taiwan
4.10.Control of hazardous materials
4.10.1.Case history : Uchida Yoko, Japan
4.11.Non-electronic smart labels and indicators
4.11.2.TTIs in the food industry
4.12.Mother-baby matching system
4.12.1.Case history : eXI Wireless, USA
5.1.Sterilisation and decontamination
5.2.Degradation via temperature/time
5.2.1.Temperature/Time Indicators (TTIs)
5.2.2.Temperature alone
5.2.3.Time alone
5.2.5.Safety of open product
5.2.6.Case history : KSW Microtec, Germany
5.6.Shock, vibration
5.9.1.Case history : Toxin Alert, Canada
5.9.3.Case history : Glasgow University, Scotland
5.9.4.Case history : Alba, Scotland
5.11.1.Case history : Hitachi, Japan
5.12.1.Sunburn – erythema
5.13.Disorders of the small intestine
5.13.1.Case history : Given Imaging, Israel
5.14.Urinary incontinence diagnostic
5.14.1.Case history : Mediplus, UK
5.15.Motion or stress
5.16.Danger of electrostatic shock
6.1.Test tubes in large numbers
6.1.1.Case history : Hitachi, Japan
6.2.Clinical trials
6.2.1.Combinatorial chemistry
6.2.2.DNA and protein bioassays
6.3.Smart blister packs
6.3.1.Case history : Cypak, Sweden
6.3.2.Case history : Information Mediary, Canada
6.3.3.Case history : Bang & Olufsen Medicaid, Denmark
6.4.1.Case history : Westons, USA
7.1.Patient information
7.2.1.Case history : Melexis, Belgium
8.1.Control of wandering
8.2.Navigation for the visually impaired
8.2.2.Case history : Yosikawa and Nichido, Japan
8.2.3.Case history : Miyake, Japan
8.3.Navigation of electric mobility vehicles
8.3.1.Case history : Toppan Printing, Japan
8.4.Staff, patient and asset location and identification
8.4.1.Case history : EIRIS location system, Israel
8.4.2.Case history : Wirral Hospital, UK
8.4.3.Case history : Precision Dynamics, USA
8.4.4.Crowd management
8.4.5.Case history : Hawaii, USA
8.4.7.Other examples
9.1.General situation
9.2.The package as a smart dispenser
9.3.The package with smart attachments
9.4.Adding value after patent expiry
10.1.Animal identification and tracking
10.1.2.Case history : Digital Angel Corporation, USA
10.1.3.Livestock – farm species
10.1.4.Case history : Argentina
10.1.5.Case history : USA
10.1.6.Case history : Australia
10.1.8.Horses and ponies
10.1.9.Laboratory animals
10.1.10.Case history : AVID
10.1.12.Case history : Aberystwyth University, UK
10.1.13.Big opportunities in fisheries
10.1.14.Case history : Destron Fearing
10.2.Drug delivery
10.3.Other opportunities
11.1.Relevant statistics in healthcare
11.1.1.Pharmaceutical packaging
11.1.2.Transdermal patches
11.1.3.Hearing aids
11.1.4.Biometric devices
11.1.5.Hospital security
11.1.6.Medication errors
11.1.7.Medical errors
11.1.8.Food-related illness
11.1.9.Product diversion
11.2.1.Smart packaging forecast
11.2.2.Transdermal patch forecast
11.2.3.Forecast for responsive ink labels
APPENDIX 2 - Report on the conference “Smart Tagging in Healthcare 2003”
APPENDIX 1 - Introduction to RFID

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