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How can RFID technology and flexible electronics help pathology?

With the NHS currently under huge strain, additional time-consuming and burdensome processes add to an already heavy workload. Gillian Ewers examines the advantages that radio frequency identification offers in tracking samples and consumables.

The pressures facing pathology services in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic are unprecedented. With more patients in hospitals, more tests are being done every day and pathology laboratories are having to turn results around quickly and efficiently without compromising on accuracy or safety. In addition to providing vital support to NHS and medical organisations dealing directly with patients, pathology teams have also been called upon to play their part in achieving the huge targets the government has set around testing for the virus. Not only do patients need to be tested, but there is also a huge requirement to test the many NHS and frontline workers dealing with the crisis, so they can be kept safe and remain working.

The already-stretched system has found itself further challenged by the sheer scope, speed and severity of the crisis. With the additional need for coronavirus testing, the pressure on and scrutiny of pathology laboratories has increased significantly. Any inaccuracies, delays or supply chain issues will not only cause problems for the supply chain but will also have a knock-on effect for the entire medical operation. At this crucial time, it is more important than ever to investigate any technological options that could support pathology processes and boost their efficiency.

Challenges facing pathology

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