Electronic Security Tagging of All Specimens

Overlake Reproductive Health was the first U.S. clinic to incorporate security tagging of all specimens, using RFID Technology. The technology has already been proven in Europe, and in fact review of the system is required for all clinics by the English Government’s Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Lab procedures are intricate and require a high level of technical expertise. The identity of the partners must be maintained throughout the entire process. Through the incorporation of this technology, we can now secure a patient ID microchip “smart” tag on sample receptacles, which acts as a digital fingerprint, to strictly monitor lab procedures.

Specifically designed for the fertility clinic, this is the most technologically advanced system available. It guards every step of the IVF process to protect the integrity of the sperm and/or egg while streamlining the IVF or IUI process. Utilizing Radio Frequency ID technology, the sperm and egg are tracked throughout the IVF or IUI process, ensuring that the resulting embryo or sperm is transferred to the correct patient. If at any time the wrong samples are introduced into the work area, the system warns the Overlake laboratory personnel both visually and audibly.

The IVF or IUI cycle can be seen as a series of key stages linked one to the next. The first step is the allocation of an “Entry Point” ID card or sample cup that is electronically tagged in your presence. Every time that a new culture dish or tube is introduced into the system it is assigned your unique identity and thereafter linked, continuing as an unbroken chain, which in turn guarantees the integrity of the system. The final step is again carried out in your presence when the sperm sample or embryos are matched up with their previously tagged ID card.

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