The DoseID Consortium, the industrial alliance supported by members to promote radio frequency identification technology (RFID) in pharmacy, has renamed itself UnitVisID Alliance.
The name change reflects the organization’s commitment and mission to ensure the quality, performance and interoperability of RFID-tagged pharmaceutical products as they travel through the supply chain – from manufacture to patient use.
The confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, drug shortages and staff shortages have accelerated the adoption of RFID technology. Emergen Research forecasts that the global healthcare RFID market will reach nearly $15 billion in 2028, compared to $4.24 billion in 2020.
With advances in technology and innovation, RFID tagged pharmaceutical products in the healthcare industry offer opportunities to improve inventory management and ultimately better patient outcomes. Currently, UnitVisID is used by more than 1,000 hospitals and healthcare organizations, and more than 210 million RFID-tagged products using the UnitVisID platform have been scanned, more than any other RFID system in the US healthcare sector.
“We have recognized the many benefits of RFID in healthcare, and its massive adoption is evidence that we are now at a tipping point,” said Tim Kress-Spatz, President of the UnitVisID Alliance. “The rebrand reflects this shift, and to truly address the challenges of bottlenecks, recalls, workflow inefficiencies and lack of interoperability requires an industry-wide approach of the entire healthcare supply chain.”
The Alliance provides a unified approach of research, tools and resources for the healthcare industry that ensures RFID tagged pharmaceutical products work across all downstream systems in hospitals and healthcare systems. UnitVisID is open to hospitals and industrial organizations. Current industry members span the pharmaceutical manufacturing ecosystem and include RFID companies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, 503B outsourcing facilities, technology and automation providers, label converters and service providers.