Empowering Family Planning: The Hidden Potential of RFID


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In a continuing series on The Identify Podcast, host Justin Starbird sits down with experts from across the FEIG Electronics team to discuss and explore the many uses and benefits of RFID technology, systems, and solutions relative to 2023 trends in healthcare in hopes of giving you a broader view of the technology’s multi-uses.

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In today’s installment, we explore the power and impact of RFID technology throughout the family planning industry. 

In the ever-evolving landscape of medical technology, RFID has emerged as a game-changer in various fields, including Cryopreservation and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). 

While many may not associate RFID with family planning practices, its significant role in this domain is worth exploring. Klaus Schoeke, Vice President of Technical Sales for FEIG Electronics, joins us on the Identify Podcast to delve into the ways in which RFID enhances family planning practices, from tracking to error reduction and enhanced patient safety.

RFID’s Role in Cryopreservation and IVF

RFID technology plays a crucial role in Cryopreservation and IVF, facilitating seamless tracking and management of patients’ eggs, sperm, and embryos throughout the duration of their treatment.

Each patient is assigned an RFID tag with a unique identifier, enabling the identification and tracking of every fertility cell. This implementation drastically reduces errors associated with mislabeled or missing samples, leading to improved success rates in family planning procedures.

Tracking Made Efficient

RFID tags integrated into workstations provide essential controls necessary to ensure eggs, sperm, and embryos are correctly matched and treated, preventing mix-ups.

RFID allows for streamlined cryopreservation and thawing procedures without losing traceability. The ability to accurately track and manage each specimen revolutionizes the efficiency of family planning practices.

Minimizing Human Intervention

One of the most intriguing aspects of RFID in tracking these important specimens is the reduction in the need for human intervention.

A cloud-based monitoring system checks on stored samples, providing predictive analytics to proactively identify and address any safety or storage trends before they become issues. 

Moreover, RFID tags can survive in cryogenic temperatures without electrical power for extended periods, safeguarding eggs and embryos even in severe emergencies, such as natural disasters.

Enhanced Patient Safety and Security

The implementation of RFID in family planning practices not only improves operational efficiency but also significantly enhances patient safety and security.

RFID systems employ encrypted, HIPAA-compliant software, ensuring the highest level of data privacy and security for patients. This level of data protection is critical in safeguarding sensitive information and maintaining patient confidentiality.

Securing Data and Specimens

RFID tags offer a higher level of security, ensuring that sensitive patient data and fertility specimens remain protected at all times.

The technology allows for secure data storage on the tag itself, reducing the need for constant online access to a database.

Additionally, RFID tags can be encrypted, preventing unauthorized access and tampering, which is particularly vital when dealing with valuable and life-altering fertility specimens.

Reducing Human Error

The automated tracking capabilities of RFID minimize the potential for human errors in family planning practices.

Unlike barcodes, which may become unreadable or misplaced, RFID tags remain easily scannable even in challenging environments, such as liquid nitrogen tanks. This mitigates the risk of specimen mix-ups, ensuring that each patient’s fertility cells are treated accurately.

The Future of RFID in Family Planning

As RFID technology continues to advance, the future of family planning practices looks promising.

AI integration could further enhance RFID’s capabilities, allowing for intelligent, data-driven decisions and seamless inventory management. Moreover, the ability of RFID to provide real-time, autonomous monitoring of stored samples offers the potential for continuous, uninterrupted tracking.


The role of RFID in family planning practices is a remarkable example of how technology continues to shape the medical landscape. By enabling efficient tracking, reducing errors, and enhancing patient safety and security, RFID is revolutionizing the way we approach family planning. As this technology advances, we can look forward to more significant improvements in family planning practices, promising a brighter and more hopeful future for couples seeking to build their families.

To hear more from Klaus on the impact of RFID technology on family planning, listen to Unlocking the Future of Healthcare: RFID’s Vital Role in Cryopreservation and IVF live on The Identify Podcast now!