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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality awards five-year, $9.5 million grant to a collaborative research program led by UW-Madison's Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies and including the UW RFID Lab and other UW centers. The purpose of the grant is to develop innovations that help older adults remain healthy and independent at their homes as long as possible. More»

UW RFID Lab Director Alfonso Gutierrez elected to the AIDC 100. The AIDC is an international organization of automatic identification and data capture professionals whose membership is limited to 100 active members worldwide. More»

Alfonso Gutierrez also selected to receive prestigious 2011 UW Regents Academic Staff Excellence award. This award recognizes and rewards outstanding academic staff members among the 26 UW System campuses.. More»

FDA clears the first RFID-enabled solution to improve the safety and efficiency of the blood supply.

A six-year collaboration between industry and the University of Wisconsin-Madison RFID Lab achieved a major milestone this week with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearing the first RFID-enabled solution to improve the safety and efficiency of the blood supply.

The UW-Madison RFID lab was one of three lead Wisconsin partners in the project, including the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and SysLogic Inc., a Milwaukee-based information systems provider.

Together, the team researched, designed, developed, and tested a new RFID-enabled solution called iTrace for Blood Centers, which will automatically identify, reconcile and track blood products. The iTrace for Blood Centers software is now available for use in the nation’s blood centers, with eventual plans to employ in hospitals with further FDA approvals of iTrace for hospitals.

“The iTrace for Blood Centers device has the ability to enhance blood safety by helping to ensure that unsuitable units are not released,” said Karen Midthun, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “iTrace for Blood Centers will be used in blood establishments by trained personnel as a tool in streamlining blood collection and processing and aiding in product tracking and reconciliation.”

For more see both the U.S. FDA Press Release and the UW Press Release»

Alfonso GutierrezQuestions about the UW RFID Lab?
Contact Executive Director Alfonso Gutierrez at alfonso.gutierrez@uwebc.wisc.edu or
608-262-5690.

UW RFID Lab Key Competencies

  • RFID strategy design, justification and process reengineering
  • Rigorous methodologies
  • Multi-discipline faculty involvement
  • Extensive experience leading complex, multi-company projects and workgroups
  • Expertise in RFID application in many industries
  • Multi-frequency, multi-standard
  • State-of-the-art testbeds
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