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Pharmaceutical and health care companies are achieving real benefits from employing RFID technology. In the health-care field, hospitals and other medical facilities are employing RFID to improve patient safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing and reduce medical errors using track-and-match applications. Pharmaceutical companies are exploring RFID's potential for collecting pedigree data, as well as examining other potential uses, including reducing counterfeiting and theft, and improving shipping accuracy. Learn how RFID is impacting ROI in the health-care environment and improving efficiencies in the pharmaceutical industry.




April 15, 2010

11:30 AM—Breakout Session
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.
Speaker:
Scott Sullivan, Business Manager, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
Real-Time Visibility in Aerospace Manufacturing
      Sponsored by: RFID Global Solution
Increasing ROI and Value by Leveraging Breakthroughs in UHF Technology
      Sponsored by: SAIC
Building the Lean Enterprise
      Sponsored by: Xterprise
Improve Business Processes With High-Memory Passive Worldwide RFID Chips and Tags
      Sponsored by: Marubeni Chemix Corp.
Streamlining IT Asset Management With RFID
      Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)
Achieving Real Business Value From RFID—Why You Should Act Now
      Sponsored by: NXP, OmniID and Zebra Technologies
3:00 PM—Breakout Session
How Medtronic Uses RFID to Manage High-Value Medical Products and Comply With Regulations
The Spinal and Biologics division of Medtronic, a medical technology firm, offers high-value products that are heavily regulated. Medtronic is required to know the location of its entire field inventory, including items consigned to hospitals. The firm has streamlined a manually intensive temperature and inventory reconciliation process with an RFID-enabled cabinet in which each product is separately tagged using EPC Gen 2 RFID technology.
Speaker:
Scott Wilson, Director of Sales Operations, Medtronic
Takeaways:
• The savings Medtronic realized with a streamlined field inventory reconciliation, as well as by freeing up the sales force to spend more hours in surgery promoting the company's product portfolio, versus photocopying or scanning product in the field
• How the use of RFID enables the firm to maintain systemic records that can more easily be submitted to the FDA, the Joint Commission or the AATB, to confirm transaction history, location and temperature monitoring
3:50 PM—Breakout Session
Preparing for Serialization and Visibility Within the U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
GS1 Healthcare US is driving the adoption and implementation of GS1 standards to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency. Members from across the pharmaceutical supply chain are building an industry reference model to enable efficient product serialization and visibility. The program provides a unique opportunity to gain insights into the benefits of supply chain visibility, and to prepare for serialization requirements.
Speaker:
Bob Celeste, Pharmaceutical Sector Lead, GS1 US
Takeaways:
• Utilizing a simulated supply chain to test exception processes for minimizing implementation surprises, decreasing the need for trading partner pilots and testing new concepts and data to discover additional benefits
• How to resolve the majority of issues prior to implementation with trading partners, thus reducing implementation costs

April 16, 2010

12:00 PM—Breakout Session
Radio Frequency Radiation: Can RFID Be Used for the Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain?
Hear the results of a recent study on the effects of active biopharmaceuticals on protein structures by exposure to RF energy at different wavelengths and twice the power output allowed. Learn how products from major pharmaceutical companies with five different protein structures are investigated, and how their integrity and efficacy are determined after exposure to 8 Watts of EIRP RF radiation for a full 24 hours, using a protein purity test.
Speakers:
Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D., Director, Cold Chain Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
2:00 PM—Breakout Session
RFID Delivers Shipping Accuracy and Cost Savings
DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson, receives more than half of its ExpressKit orders to be shipped out on the same day they arrive. Employees had to bar-code-scan each component in each kit twice—sometimes more than 100 per kit—then repack them before shipping. Learn how the company implemented an RFID system that dramatically improved shipping accuracy, shortened the kits’ typical check-in and -out times and made it possible to more accurately bill surgeons for the items they actually use.
Speaker:
Dave Johnson, Director of Distribution & Logistics (RET), DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson
2:50 PM—Breakout Session
Vendor Collaboration and Meeting the Needs of Your Clients
RFID utilization is being used to track assets, equipment, patients and more in the complex health-care environment. This requires vendors to work together to provide seamless solutions to health-care providers. Thus, health-care providers often find themselves using multiple vendors in their business processes. Many providers refuse to select IT vendors that will not or can not work with other health-care IT vendors. This highly informative session will shed insight into how you can differentiate yourself from the competition and provide a higher level of service to your clients.
Speaker:
Ray Lowe, Senior Director of Enterprise Clinical Implementation (EHR) and Acute Care Strategy, Dignity Health
Takeaways:
• Why vendors must work together
• Why your competition can be your best partner
• How you can leverage existing partnerships


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