PDC will also provide sales and technical support. Designed for positive patient identification and the reduction of medical errors, the RFID system will be targeted for use in a variety of hospital applications, including OR patient ID and surgical site verification, patient registration and medication administration.
"We are delighted to work together with PDC", stated Dr. Beng Teck Liang, General Manager for the Healthcare Industry for HP Asia Pacific. "PDC has shown outstanding commitment to delivering high quality RFID wristband systems, which will provide tremendous benefits to hospitals. Our partnership will help accelerate the adoption of RFID solutions in hospitals throughout Asia Pacific."
"The Asian Pacific market has made significant progress in this area", stated Gary Hutchinson, PDC President/CEO. "Markets outside the United States are embracing RFID technology much faster. Our collaboration with HP in Asia Pacific is an extension of our successful HP Taiwan reseller agreement, and we look forward to working with HP Asia Pacific to further expand the use of RFID technology."
PDC and HP Taiwan established a reseller agreement in June of 2005 and began an RFID implementation at Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan where PDC Smart Band RFID Wristbands are used in the hospital's operating room to identify the right patient, right surgical site, right nurse, right blood and right doctor. This additional safety check is expected to help reduce human errors and enhance patient safety.
With nearly 50 years of experience, PDC is the global expert and pacesetter in the development of automatic identification wristband systems and quality health care products. The company introduced the first patient Bar Code ID Wristband System in 1984, the Smart Band Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Wristband System in 2000 and the AgeBand Electronic Age/ID Verification System in 2004.
PDC also provides premium health care products for labour & delivery, urology and other applications. PDC is committed to 100 percent quality in service, design and manufacturing. This is substantiated by their ISO-9001: 2000 and ISO-13485: 2003 certification at their main facility in San Fernando, California. Plans to establish certification at their new facility in Tijuana, Mexico are underway.
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