Conference AgendaHospitals across North America are achieving real benefits—improved patient outcomes and/or a financial return on investment—from using RFID to monitor patients and assets, collect information automatically and reduce medical errors. At this event, you will learn about the way hospitals and health care providers are using RFID today as well as insights into how to move from one-off applications to an infrastructure approach to RFID.
October 12, 2010
|8:00 AM||Continental Breakfast|
|8:45 AM||Opening Remarks|
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
|9:00 AM||Optimizing Inventory Management in an Acute-Care Setting|
Saint Joseph's Hospital, a 410-bed facility located in Atlanta, Ga., uses RFID technology and a Web-based information system to optimize its management of high-cost medical devices valued at $2 million in the specialty areas of the hospital's Cardiac Cath Lab and Electrophysiology Lab. In this session, hear how the system interfaces with several hospital information systems already in use at Saint Joseph's, employing high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags conforming to the ISO 15693 standard, to link items to a digital database, where they can then be tracked and monitored. In addition, learn how the system enables the facility to quickly generate real-time reports and analysis, resulting in a significant cost savings and improved charge capture.
Lisa Stepps, Data Manager, Cardiovascular Services, St. Joseph's Hospital
• How improved accuracy of information in an automated manner provides immediate opportunities for savings
• The importance of selecting a system that interfaces with existing hospital information systems, thus saving employees time and eliminating manual keystroke errors
|9:45 AM||Tracking and Managing Assets With RFID|
Texoma Medical Center, an acute-care hospital located in Denison, Texas, is utilizing an enterprise-wide real-time locating system (RTLS) to track and manage mobile medical equipment and monitor temperature-sensitive assets. In this session, learn how the hospital is lowering costs in the areas of capital budget reallocation and monthly rental savings, while reducing the incidence of lost or missing assets. And hear how the medical center is using temperature-monitoring tags to proactively manage the temperatures of nourishment and medication refrigerators throughout its facility.
Gregg Stepp, CMRP, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Texoma Medical Center
|10:30 AM||Networking Break|
|11:00 AM||RFID Saves Bon Secours Richmond $2 Million Annually|
After five years of employing an RFID-based real-time location system (RTLS) to manage assets, and following 18 months of tracking patients in operating rooms, health-care company Bon Secours Richmond Health System has seen an annual savings of $2 million. The savings comes as a result of drastically reducing the amount of rental equipment utilized by the company's four hospitals, as well as decreasing the incidence of lost or stolen equipment. The asset-tracking portion of the deployment included tagging 11,000 assets, such as IV pumps, wheelchairs and stretchers, with 433 MHz active RFID tags, to make the management of equipment more effective. In this session, learn how the system has saved the staff time, while also cutting in half the number of phone calls placed by employees to locate equipment required for surgeries.
Kathy Santini, VP of Surgical Services, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
|11:45 AM||Disney Cancer Center Uses RFID to Enhance Patient Experience|
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center's Disney Family Cancer Center is employing an innovative RFID solution to reduce patient anxiety and improve workflow between clinicians, patients and administrators. In this session, learn how the hospital deployed interrogators to relay information from low-profile passive RFID tags on patients' ID badges to centralized applications that retrieve patient information. This information includes patient preferences to activate custom hospital room settings—music, lighting and temperature—as well as location data that can be sent to the staff's phone displays, thereby enabling clinicians to greet or locate patients quickly. Information is also provided to the facility's security and environmental-control systems, thus maximizing the hospital's operational efficiencies.
Ray Lowe, Senior Director of Enterprise Clinical Implementation (EHR) and Acute Care Strategy, Dignity Health
|12:30 PM||Lunch Break |
|2:00 PM||RFID Helps Hospitals Maintain Patient Safety|
Hospitals around the world are employing RFID-based systems to help protect and care for patients. Learn how to build a smarter health-care system for monitoring and tracking patient safety in real time, using existing RFID, ultrasound and software solutions. In this session, hear how hospitals are utilizing RFID technologies to realize benefits in shipping and receiving efficiency, as well as patient identification, error reduction at the point of care, medications management, and employee tracking.
Maria Agostinho, Director, Biomedical Engineering , Saint Michaels Medical Center (a member of Catholic Health East)
|2:45 PM||Nyack Hospital Improves Medication Compliance With RFID|
When patients are released from Nyack Hospital, they are typically given one or more drug prescriptions that they must then fill and keep track of on their own. If a patient fails to take the medications as prescribed, he or she may end up back in the hospital. The medical center is addressing that problem with an automated solution that utilizes a mobile phone with an RFID interrogator, as well as tags attached to medication bottles, and a Web-based server that remotely manages an individual's prescription regimen. In this session, hear how patients are provided with an RFID-enabled mobile phone that connects to the Web-based server. The patient also receives a package of RFID labels with the name of a prescription drug printed on the front. Each label's embedded tag is encoded with an encrypted unique ID number corresponding with information the hospital has provided regarding that patient.
Joseph Pinto, Director of Pharmacy, Nyack Hospital
• How RFID is being used to meet the goal of fewer discharged patients returning due to not having adhered to their prescribed medication regimen
• How the system can help Nyack Hospital comply with the Healthcare Reform Act, which may penalize hospitals with a 2 percent Medicare reimbursement reduction for patients who are discharged and then readmitted shortly thereafter for the same condition
|3:30 PM||Networking Break|
|4:00 PM||Regional Medical Center Uses RTLS to Improve Efficiencies|
The Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, a 740-bed community hospital in Baton Rouge, La., has more than 1,000 physicians and 4,000 team members. The facility undertook an enterprise-wide real-time locating system (RTLS) deployment that covers almost 1 million square feet, with nearly 6,000 assets under management. In this session, hear how the firm is getting the most from its RFID system. Learn how to understand end-user goals, facilitate change management, drive user adoption and develop business standards, and find out how the medical center is using its RTLS to favorably impact capital dollar allocations, as well as safety and nursing efficiency.
Allyn Whaley-Martin, Director of Safety, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
|4:45 PM||Lahey Clinic Expands Use of RFID Across Its Entire Facility|
On any given day, the ambulatory care center at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center, in Burlington, Mass., treats approximately 3,000 patients, while hundreds more receive top-quality care in the 295-bed hospital, 24-hour emergency department and trauma center. The center, one of the top medical facilities in the Boston area, has more than 1,500 pieces of moveable medical equipment. In this session, hear how Lahey pioneered the use of RFID for asset tracking in a hospital, and how it has since moved on to additional applications of the technology.
Ed Bortone, CHPA, Director of Materials Services and Security, Lahey Clinic Medical Center
• Learn how the Lahey Clinic uses RFID for employee parking, external and internal doorway access control, payroll deduction for its cafeteria and scrub-suit acquisition
• How one employee RFID badge is being used for all RFID applications
|5:30 PM||Closing Remarks|
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
|5:35 PM||Conference Concludes|
RFID in Health Care is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.