Radianse Introduces Active-RFID Multi-Use Healthcare Tracking Tag that Breaks Price/Performance Barrier

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At half the size and a fraction of the cost of competitive offerings, new real-time tracking tags from Radianse are designed for patients, small medical equipment and rentals.

We consistently hear from hospitals that they need a low-cost, long-life and hassle-free tag

Radianse, the pioneer and a leading provider of healthcare real-time location systems (RTLS), today announced new multi-use tracking tags. Small, sealed and featuring a one-year-battery, the Radianse tags are expected to cost between 10 and 40 cents per use for patient tracking.

"We consistently hear from hospitals that they need a low-cost, long-life and hassle-free tag," said Paul Tessier, a Radianse founder and the company's chief technology officer. "So we committed to a realistic cost model and performance criteria to meet multiple tracking needs. This tag is easy for clinicians to use on patients and equipment, with no battery management issues or need to deal with shells and other annoyance factors."

For patient tracking, there is the reality of the intense wear and tear, particularly in emergency and perioperative care, that can lead to tag inventory shrinkage. When paying just cents per use, hospitals say they are more likely to move forward with patient tracking initiatives, according to Radianse. Patient compliance, which requires comfort and convenience, are also factors. The Radianse tag slips onto a patient-ID band and is smooth, lightweight and water-resistant.

With a rugged design and at half the size and a fraction of the cost of any other tag on the market, the Radianse active-RFID tags are also appropriate for many asset tracking applications. For example, the tag is optimal for tracking rental devices and very small but critical equipment, including sensors, thermometers and telemetry transmitters. Since rental equipment is sometimes returned before tags are removed, a low list price was a must to justify using real-time tracking to manage rental equipment utilization.    

Pricing and availability
The Radianse multi-use tag has a list price of $14.95. The 10 to 40 cents estimate for patient tracking is based on cleaning and reusing the tags on patients over the course of a year. Radianse active-RFID multi-use tags are cleanable to healthcare standards. Shipment to existing Radianse RTLS customers - and for any new installations--will begin at the end of January 2010. As part of a Radianse real-time location system, the new multi-use tags are covered by the Radianse Performance Guarantee, which assures a hospital that it will achieve a measurable return on investment in 18 months or less or Radianse will make up the difference.
For more information, start at http://www.radianse.com/tags

About Radianse
Radianse provides asset tracking, patient tracking and staff tracking solutions for healthcare. Radianse Reveal applications and tools are optimized for the Radianse real-time location platform, which has been installed in more than 75 hospitals to improve clinical and cost effectiveness and patient and staff satisfaction. http://www.radianse.com


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