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MEMS

microelectromechanical system (MEMS)

Miniature devices formed by combining mechanical parts and electronic circuits, typically on a semiconductor chip, with dimensions from tens to a few hundred micrometres (millionths of a metre). Common applications for MEMS include sensors, actuators, and process-control units.

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Mems-ID is a technology company developing a tracking system for medical devices. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) platform is based on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology. This technology allows the Mems-ID chips to be integrated directly into individual medical devices, such as surgical instruments, and survive high-temperature autoclave and gamma irradiation sterilization processes. In comparison, electronic RFID chips are usually destroyed by these processes.

Automated tracking of surgical instruments can assist in delivering many benefits over existing methods, including:

  • reducing risk of errors and thus improving patient safety
  • reducing insurance premiums and legal costs
  • improving regulatory compliance and infection control by electronically identifying use of medical devices, including when they are associated with an adverse event
  • improving inventory control and supply chain logistics
  • significant cost savings over existing manual and labor-intensive tracking processes

Mems-ID has an office in San Diego, California, United States with R&D activities currently performed in Melbourne, Australia.

References

  1. MEMS the Word, RFID Journal, 25 April 2007
  2. RFID Innovations Deepen Market Penetration, Microwaves & RF, January 2007
  3. Chips are what the doctor ordered, The Age, 14 November 2006

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