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Hospitals plan to deploy RFID to identify patients, call up records, reduce medical errors and improve overall productivity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has endorsed the use of RFID as a way to reduce the counterfeiting of prescription drugs. Early adopters in both sectors are finding RFID can deliver operational and supply chain benefits. In this track, you will learn:

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  Benefits of tracking pharmaceutical drugs electronically
  Strategies for sharing track-and-trace data securely
  How to improve patient safety with RFID
  The benefits of tracking lab samples with item-level RFID tags
  Best practices for securing track-and-trace data from RFID systems
  Strategies hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical makers, distributors and retailers can use to choose the right technology for their needs
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Health Care/Pharmaceutical Speakers
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Bob Celeste
Director, Action Groups
EPCglobal

Jim Dowden
Director, Distribution Services
Hoffmann-La Roche

Tim Marsh
Technology Manager for Global Package Technology
Pfizer

Harry Ramsey
Senior Package Development Engineer
Purdue Pharma

Richard Schaeffer
Vice President and CIO
St. Clair Hospital
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Health Care/Pharmaceutical Track Sessions

Tuesday, May 2
   
11:15 am Case Study—Testing RFID at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Patient safety is paramount in a hospital and that's a major reason RFID has been piloted at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. It installed temporary RFID chips on critical refrigerators in its intensive care unit to monitor the temperature and guard against spoilage of patient drug and blood products. The hospital also tested RFID to track key patient care equipment, and people in both private rooms and in an open-bay unit.
Speakers:
  Barbara Joers, Assistant Hospital Director, Operations,
     Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
  Neal Patel, M.D., Co-Medical Director, Pediatric Critical Care Unit,
     Vanderbilt Children's Hospital
Takeaways:
Monitoring temperature continuously with RFID
Tracking equipment in a hospital setting with RFID
   
12:05 pm Perspective on the "Track & Trace" Adoption Curve in Health
     Care and Life Sciences

Since the FDA February 2004 Report, Unisys has seen significant progress in the adoption of track and trace technology by our clients and the health care and life sciences industry. In 2005, spending was at least twice the level it was in 2004, and in 2006, we anticipate a 2x to 3x increase as piloting gains momentum. There are a number of "tipping point" variables including policy decisions, trade relations, process impact, and technology performance that could drastically increase or decrease our predicted rate of adoption. We will articulate our view of the industry adoption curve for the next two years and discuss the potential impact of the key "tipping point" variables.
Speaker:
  Todd Skrinar, Partner, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Unisys
   
2:45 pm Case Study—Using Mobile RFID to Prevent Medication Errors
Nurses at St. Clair Hospital use dual bar code and RFID scanners to perform the bedside medication administration. To make it mobile, the system works on wireless handheld Pocket PC devices linked to the hospital's computer network via a Wi-Fi connection. The devices prevent medication errors and save nurses time by automatically charting administrations to the electronic medical record. The dual system is being expanded to check blood transfusions and perform lab specimen labeling.
Speakers:
  Tom Ague, Executive Vice President and COO, St. Clair Hospital
  Richard Schaeffer, Vice President and CIO, St. Clair Hospital
Takeaways:
Insights into how bar code and RFID can work together
Leveraging RFID technology to drive nursing adoption of patient safety systems
   
3:35 pm Key Considerations to Ensure a Successful RFID Implementation
As pilot projects and proof-of-concepts roll into full production systems, there are a series of issues that need to be addressed to ensure a successful RFID implementation. This session will examine the middleware solution set, and help you pick the right solution for integrating RFID data into your unique business application. Some of the topics discussed will include minimizing data volumes on the network; future-proofing your solution; integrating non-RFID devices such as barcode scanners and intelligent sensors; managing and enriching RFID data; and delivering it as actionable business information.
Speakers:
  Martyn Mallick, Director, RFID and Mobile Solutions, iAnywhere
   
Wednesday, May 3
   
11:45 am HLS Industry Adoption—A Future Worth Creating
Growing concern over the increase of counterfeit drugs in the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain has prompted federal and state governments to take action. Major pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, and retail pharmacies currently are undertaking and/or planning secure supply chain initiatives to develop, test, and deploy regulatory compliant solutions. Beyond compliance there is significant business value. This interactive session will cover current and anticipated business drivers, complexities such as serialized and non-serialized units, and share value opportunities from key stakeholder perspectives in the areas of policy, trade relations, process change, and technology.
Speaker:
  Laura Osburnsen, Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice Dir., Unisys
   
1:55 pm Drug Security and the Value of Data Sharing
Leading players in the pharmaceutical industry have come together to determine what approaches will be effective in securing the supply chain and how serialization with RFID can be used to automate authentication. This session examines the results of their studies and explains what challenges lie ahead for the industry.
Panelists:
  Jim Dowden, Director, Distribution Services, Hoffman-La Roche
  Peggy Staver, Director, Trade Product Integrity, Pfizer
Moderator:
  Shabbir Dahod, President & CEO, SupplyScape
Takeaways:
Strategies for serializing drugs and enabling trading partners to authenticate EPCs
Benefits of authenticating drug EPCs electronically
   
2:45 pm Is HF or UHF Best for Item-level Tagging?
RFID performs very differently at 13.56 MHz (HF) and 915 MHz (UHF). Some pharmaceutical retailers want manufacturers to use UHF tags. This session looks at each technology to see which meets companies' technical and business needs.
Speaker:
  Tim Marsh, Technology Manager, Global Package Technology, Pfizer
  Thomas Pizzuto, Director, RFID Technology & Strategies,
     Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  Harry Ramsey, Sr. Package Development Engineer, Purdue Pharma
Moderator:
  John Howells, Director of Industry Relations, Healthcare Distribution
     Management Association
Takeaways:
Insights into the challenges of tracking pharmaceutical items and medical devices with passive HF and UHF tags
Strategies for choosing the right technology for your needs
   
3:35 pm The Benefits of Standardized EPC Data Formats
Sharing data over the EPCglobal Network is critical to enabling track and trace, e-pedigrees and other applications in the pharmaceutical and health care industries. This session reveals the work being done to develop standardized data formats and how they will drive benefits for manufacturers, wholesales, retailers and health care providers.
Speakers:
  Bob Celeste, Director, Action Groups, EPCglobal
  Ted Ng, Director, IT Pharmaceutical Group, McKesson
Takeaways:
How to improve drug tracking by sharing standardized RFID data
Insights into data requirements and formats for sharing pharmaceutical supply chain information
   
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Positively Impact Business Processes In Key Functional Areas

Information Technology:
Use RFID-enabled PDAs to identify patience and retrieve medical records
Share electronic pedigree data securely
Choose the right systems for use in challenging health care environments
Set up an RFID network to share data securely
   
Operations:
Systematically choose the right RFID applications
Choose the right RFID tags and frequency for individual items
Launch automate the identification and retrieval of biological samples with RFID
Learn when and how to set up an internal lab to test applications
   
Supply Chain:
Use RFID to secure the supply chain
Benefit from tracking high-value goods internally
Develop track-and-trace applications
Choose the right technology for your supply chain applications
   
Warehouse Management:
Improve tracking medical devices and reduce paperwork associated with movement of high-value items
improve inventory accuracy and losses due to theft or errors
Overcome challenges of deploying RFID in health care environments
Learn from the experience of early adopters

Get To the Next Level

Getting Started: Find out how RFID works, whether it's right for your business and which vendors to engage
   
How to Deploy: Learn how to tag products, collect and analyze data, and change processes to create benefits
   
Executive Strategy: Go beyond compliance and achieve real ROI across the enterprise
 
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