ANSI approves RFID standard in healthcare

The American National Standards Institute has given final approval to a healthcare-specific standard for RFID. The standard, developed by the Healthcare Industry Business Communications Council, is at a frequency of 13.56 megahertz, a high-frequency (HF) point that provides a narrower read range than other RFID standards to reduce the likelihood of electromagnetic interference with sensitive medical devices, Healthcare Informatics reports.

HIBCC came up with the standard after a 2008 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that typical ultra-high-frequency (UHF) RFID standards caused device interference 63 percent of the time in tests conducted in critical care environments. Even before the approval, the group had been recommending that healthcare RFID products have HF coding.

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