HIBCC Standard for RFID and Medical Devices Approved by ANSI

ANSI has given final approval to the standard Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) HIBC for Product Identification developed by the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC).

The standard, ANSI/HIBC 4.0, concerns electromagnetic interference (EMI) of RFID with medical devices. HIBCC recommends that 13.56 Mhz High Frequency (HF) be adopted for healthcare item level tagging because its smaller read range is less likely to result in EMI with medical devices.

HIBCC posted its original position paper on the standard in 2007, warning that UHF implementations proposed by nonhealthcare standards organizations and some RFID product vendors could create problems in hospitals. A 2008 JAMA study of EMI with medical equipment and devices in critical care environments from RFID technologies concluded that ultra high frequency (UHF) RFID interfered with medical devices in 63% of the tests conducted.

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