Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland Implements FileTrail RFID to Track Bodies and Case Files

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FileTrail's industry leading RFID solution increases efficiency in locating case files and automates the check-in and check-out of cadavers to more reliably identify possible organs for transplants.

FileTrail, Inc. the leading provider of physical records management and RFID solutions has implemented their leading RFID tracking solution at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland. The powerful RFID technology is being used to track cadavers and case files, increasing efficiency and streamlining overall processes.

"FileTrail stood out among competitors because of the capabilities of their RFID tags. The tags allowed me to leverage RFID at a lower cost for each commissioning location. The RFID sensors set up throughout the entire facility have allowed us to automate file tracking," said Mike Eagle, Director of Information Technology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland.

Automated case file tracking is made possible with RFID sensors placed above the drop-ceiling at designated locations throughout the 7-story building. The location of the case files are updated as they are moved among clerks' cubicles, elevator lobbies and key transition areas allowing users to view the current location of specific files. These capabilities have saved employees valuable time that they would have previously spent searching for missing files. The increased efficiency has virtually eliminated the problem of misplaced files.

RFID sensors being added at coolers will automatically check cadavers in and out. Automating this process will allow transplant specialist to use time and temperature to more reliably determine the viability of organs for transplant. The accuracy of this time sensitive process will benefit from the automation of check-in and check-out, benefitting not only the office but those relying on organ transplants.

Another component of FileTrail's RFID solution which has been especially helpful is the RFID SmartMobile. The portable handheld device which reads both RFID and bar codes is able to find missing files within seconds. Similar to a metal detector, the RIFD SmartMobile can identify a missing file from six to eight feet away. "The portable reader and the software within it has been very reliable and easy to use," comments Eagle.

About FileTrail
Founded in 2000, Silicon Valley-based FileTrail is the leading provider of records management software and RFID tracking technology. The company has worked with more than 400 organizations across the public and commercial markets to deliver file management and tracking solutions which reduce cost, ensure compliance, and streamline business processes. FileTrail's solutions feature a flexible deployment and hosting model and are available to customers worldwide through the company's deep community of resellers and service partners. Visit to learn more.

About the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the State of Maryland
Maryland’s OCME was the first established statewide medical examiner system in the country and is a world-renowned leader in the field of forensic pathology. The OCME investigates all deaths in Maryland that occur by violence, suicide, casualty or any other suspicious or unusual manner, and any sudden death if unattended by a physician or if the deceased previously was in apparent good health. Along with its critical role in helping to solve murders, medical examiners also study the causes of unexpected deaths to determine if previously unidentified trends or possible contagious diseases pose a threat to the health of all Marylanders.


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