ANSI Approves RFID Healthcare Standards

ansi rfidThe American National Standards Institute, or ANSI, recently approved a new set of standards from the Health Industry Business Communications Council for using RFID tags to label and track medical products.

ANSI/HIBC 4.0, the new decided upon standard, provides guidelines for tagging healthcare products in a way that will prevent RFID interference with medical devices, which had previously been causing some major issues. In fact, in a June 2008 Journal of American Medical Association study, it was found that ultra-high frequency tagging interfered with the operation of electronic medical devices in almost 63% of the cases tested.

Since a smaller read range is less likely to interfere with medical devices, the council’s new standards recommend that healthcare products be tagged with 13.56mhz high-frequency coding.