As hospital staff go about the busy work of taking care of patients, medical equipment is constantly being moved from room to room. Many organizations track these assets manually, which can be costly. RAIN RFID technology is emerging as a low-cost, high benefit technology solution to automate tracking of mobile medical equipment and ensure assets are in the right place at the right time.

The Impinj platform automates the tasks of tracking, locating, and managing medical equipment. RAIN RFID is an inexpensive, battery-free technology that wirelessly connects information about an item’s identity, location, and authenticity to the hospital’s enterprise systems. Assets are tracked as they move in or out of service rooms and through the facility. This allows staff to see their location in real-time and gain visibility into equipment status to help plan resource use.

How it Works


Attach Impinj-powered RAIN RFID tags to mobile medical equipment and other assets.


Use Impinj readers and gateways installed in doorways, ceilings or rooms to wirelessly identify and locate items.


Get accurate, real-time data about assets in your hospital software systems.

Studies show that nurses spend an average of 21 minutes per shift searching for lost equipment.

Use accurate, real-time asset tracking from the Impinj RAIN RFID platform to reduce the cost of asset management by improving equipment utilization, streamlining preventative maintenance management, minimizing asset loss, and reducing labor costs related to searching for assets:

  • Impinj RAIN RFID enables RTLS and RTHS
    RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that can be used to enable a real-time location system (RTLS) or real-time health system (RTHS). A RAIN RFID system can read thousands of items simultaneously, without line-of-sight. These tags are durable and don’t require batteries.
  • Replace manual asset tracking with automated inventory intelligence
    With RAIN RFID, tracking is automated and the data is always current and correct, thus eliminating slow, error-prone manual processes. Staff has confidence in inventory reports and is assured that the equipment they need will be available when they need it.
  • Maintain availability while lowering capital costs
    An average of 15% of hospital assets are lost or stolen each year, which leads to a real financial cost from an inefficient asset management system. With accurate inventory data, hospitals reduce capital expenditures and rental costs through efficient use of equipment. And they ensure compliance with maintenance, cleaning and billing processes.
  • Reliable and automated documentation for increased compliance
    With automated recordkeeping, hospital management is assured that required processes are followed. Increased communication about the status and availability of assets reduces the need for staff to take shortcuts with required processes.
  • Reduce wait times and deliver a better experience for patients and staff
    When equipment is available, everyone benefits – patients are served efficiently and staff time is maximized. Staff become confident in asset availability and can better plan their time.

Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) helps businesses and people analyze, optimize, and innovate by wirelessly connecting billions of everyday things—such as apparel, automobile parts, luggage, and shipments—to the Internet. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely data about these everyday things to business and consumer applications, enabling a boundless Internet of Things.

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