Study into Impact of RFID on Medical Devices Begins

3 November 2009 (Last Updated November 3rd, 2009 18:30)

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in the US has begun a study to test the impact of is radio frequency identification (RFID) technology on medical devices. A set of protocols is need to understand the relationship between various types of RFID systems and active implantable med

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in the US has begun a study to test the impact of is radio frequency identification (RFID) technology on medical devices.

A set of protocols is need to understand the relationship between various types of RFID systems and active implantable medical devices, electronic medical equipment, in vitro diagnostic equipment and biologics, GTRI researchers said.

The researchers will test the impact of RFID systems on the functioning of implantable and wearable medical devices such as pacemakers, implantable infusion pumps and cardiac monitors.

The test will identify if radio frequency-emitting devices cause any negative effects on medical devices and if any actions would mitigate the effects, the GTRI said.