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.
June 15, 2010
|8:45 AM||Opening Remarks|
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
|9:00 AM||RFID Basics for Health-Care Professionals|
This session, designed for all seminar attendees looking to understand the various types of RFID technologies and the applications for each, will cover active, battery-assisted and passive technologies—high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF)—and explain how they can be deployed to track various assets. The session will also include a brief overview of EPCglobal's standards, and their relevance in health care.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
|9:45 AM||Using RFID to Optimize Medical Device Inventories at St. Elizabeth Medical Center|
St. Elizabeth Medical Center, in Utica, is one of the busiest cardiac catheterization and electrophsiology labs in the mid-New York State region. The hospital performs more than 5,000 procedures each year, and typically has a cardiac device inventory valued at more than $1 million on hand. The lab deployed an RFID-enabled inventory-management solution to track and manage implantable devices, which can carry price tags of $1,000 to $30,000. Prior to implementing the RFID solution, the hospital relied on clinical staff members to manually track inventory. In this session, find out how St. Elizabeths was able to optimize inventory levels and better manage consignment stock, expired products and recall notifications with RFID.
Halsey Bagg, Director of Cardiology Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
• How RFID helped St. Elizabeth's to maintain optimum inventory levels and track bulk purchases
• How to use RFID to improve workflow for front-line staff in a hospital setting
|10:30 AM||Successful Deployment of RTLS in Health Care|
San Joaquin Community Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System, recently deployed an enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) covering 350,000 square feet and involving more than 1,300 assets. The system included equipment asset tags and temperature-monitoring tags. In this session, learn how the hospital is employing RTLS as a solution to budget pressures, not as an additional cost. Learn how to utilize the data to make business decisions that result in an ROI. Hear how San Joaquin Community Hospital worked with its vendor during the installation process to make sure the solution provided a financially significant return on its investment.
Sam Itani, Vice President, San Joaquin Community Hospital
|11:15 AM||Networking Break|
|11:45 AM||RFID Applied: Real-World Uses in Health Care|
RFID is an enabling technology that can be applied across many health-care applications. In this session, hear how the use of the technology in a hospital operating room can save health-care providers money, boost operating efficiencies, reduce liabilities and improve patient safety.
Dr. Verna Gibbs, Professor of Clinical Surgery, University of California, San Francisco
|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||RTLS Asset Management at University of California San Francisco Medical Center|
Efficiently tracking the location, status and movement of mobile medical equipment was an important value driver for the UCSF Medical Center. The hospital's real-time location system (RTLS) project was initially driven by regulatory pressures to keep its hallways clear of obstructions. With equipment storage located offsite, nearly two miles away, the staff was reluctant to move items to that site without an equipment-tracking solution in place. Hear how UCSF originally installed an RTLS in its operating room in 2007, starting with 1,000 OR-owned assets, and how it has since expanded the deployment to multiple campuses.
Jim Barnes, Director of OR Support Staff, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
• The lessons learned by the UCSF Medical Center when it expanded the project to additional departments, with nearly 6,000 assets currently under management
• A review of the RTLS used, from the initial vendor-selection process to today's successful results
|3:30 PM||Networking Break|
|4:00 PM||Using RTLS to Overcome Business-Management Challenges in Today's Operating Room|
Properly managing perioperative services from both a patient-flow and budget perspective affects a hospital's entire organization. Operating room flow drives the vast majority of a medical facility's in-patients, and ORs are the major revenue and cost centers of most hospitals. Ultimately, improving perioperative services improves a medical center's overall flow and bottom line. Today's OR management team must oversee multi-million-dollar budgets, meet aggressive quality and safety targets, recruit and retain employees, and drive surgeon satisfaction. In this presentation, learn how RTLS technology impacts the UCSD Medical Center's process-improvement goals to maximize operational efficiency, as well as minimize required resources and related costs.
Scott Sullivan, Business Manager, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
|4:45 PM||How to Track Assets and Monitor Usage With RFID|
Genesis Health System deployed an RFID solution that allows it to locate rented pumps and return them on time, as well as know where the hospital’s own pumps are located. The system provides detailed reports based on equipment movement and usage. In this session, hear how the time spent locating missing equipment has been reduced from 22 minutes to a maximum of 2 minutes searching via computer.
Steve Montgomery, Supervisor of Logistics, Genesis Health System
• Using RFID to track the movement of equipment over a 24-hour period, thereby reducing staff time spent walking through the facility to determine which equipment was in which location
• How the system provides Genesis with building-, campus- and enterprise-level maps of the facilities, with icons representing any items a user requests
|5:30 PM||Closing Remarks|
|5:35 PM||Conference Concludes|
RFID in Health Care is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.