ODIN introduces EasySpecimen™ RFID-based Lab Tracking Solution

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Exclusive licensing deal between Mayo Clinic and ODIN creates lab best practice in automation and strong ROI

ODIN, the world leader in RFID software and solutions released EasySpecimen™ -- healthcare-specific RFID solution today designed to automate tracking and data entry in pathology labs. EasySpecimen™ is a passive RFID based solution designed using patented developments, business processes and best practices refined over the last four years by Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic has licensed the patent and know-how exclusively to ODIN for RFID-based specimen tracking. The solution uses ODIN’s patented RFID operating system software, off-the shelf passive RFID hardware and RFID tags. This offers medical centers an integrative, ubiquitous RFID tracking solution for pathology specimen management.

Mayo’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology has been working for four years developing an RFID system for specimen tracking within the GI/Colorectal Surgery Endoscopy Practice. In 2010, the Mayo team selected ODIN as its RFID software collaborator to replace and upgrade its legacy RFID system and commercialize the patented technology. Mayo is implementing the EasySpecimen™ RFID solution across its 42 GI/Colorectal Endoscopy suites and Anatomic Pathology Laboratory on the Rochester, MN campus.

ODIN estimates that pathology labs deploying EasySpecimen™ RFID tracking can expect a significant reduction in specimen labeling errors, as well as benefit from resource and staffing savings. ODIN anticipates seamless integration with most laboratory information systems (LIS) and an expected return on investment for the system to be under 12 months for a typical lab.
“ODIN’s dedication to RFID in healthcare continues to grow and this collaboration with the world’s premier health care provider is another testament to that commitment,” said Patrick J. Sweeney II founder of ODIN. “We have successfully incorporated best-practices and 21st Century technology transforming what has traditionally been a very manual, wasteful process. EasySpecimen™ enables error reductions, increased speed and cost savings and is a technology that can improve health care across the globe.”

“Pathology labs almost universally receive paper requisition forms with accompanying specimens for accessioning into the LIS. These paper requisition forms are typically filled-in by hand from nursing staff/clinical providers. This practice represents a major source of specimen labeling errors (sometimes as high as 10%), all of which have the potential for sentinel event occurrences and adverse outcomes for patients," commented Schuyler Sanderson, M.D. Mayo Clinic, the pathologist who has been championing the RFID technology for AP specimen management at Mayo.

EasySpecimen™ comes complete with:

  •          Enterprise class specimen tracking RFID software based on ODIN’s EasyEdge™
  •         Pad readers for each technician desk
  •         Passive RFID Specimen tags based on ISO standards
  •         Complete deployment on site

The solution is delivered based on tiered pricing by lab size. There is a base price for the EasySpecimen™ RFID software and a per station price for each RFID reader pad, services and tags are included in the price and annual maintenance.

EasySpecimen™ is a complete solution that uses ISO standard passive RFID tags to track anatomical pathology samples through the full lifecycle of testing – through the lab to the doctor’s file all based on Mayo Clinic’s proprietary processes and intellectual property. The reduction of errors comes from elimination of handwritten or barcode labels that are often misread, miscopied or lost. The elimination of handwritten labels also means a significant waste reduction and cost savings in a typical pathology lab.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit MayoClinic.com or MayoClinic.org/news.

About ODIN
ODIN is the leader in RFID software and solutions for health care, IT Assets and social media. ODIN’s RFID software is deployed on over 3,500 devices worldwide providing 99.9% accuracy based on RFID physics . ODIN’s EasyEdge™ software is the operating system – the heartbeat of any RFID deployment. The EasyTAP™ software appliance with more than ten patents for its innovative algorithms is the central nervous system for RFID. Together they increase accuracy and scalability while reducing integration and support costs. Global corporations in fifty countries leverage ODIN’s expert engineers and patented RFID software to achieve accuracy, speed, and visibility for their RFID deployments.

What makes ODIN’s software and solutions so accurate and easy to deploy is leveraging the scientists in ODIN Labs who test major RFID devices before they hit the market. ODIN Labs publishes the RFID Benchmark Series™ and RFID Pricing Guide™ , the industry's most referenced performance and price analyses of RFID equipment. ODIN serves clients from world headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia, and other offices in Boston, MA, Dublin, Ireland and Budapest, Hungary and maintains full-time staff in Toulouse, France. For more information, visit ODIN’s website http://www.ODINRFID.com


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