RFID in Health Care
In this track, leading health-care providers and early adopters will share real-world case studies revealing the business benefits of radio frequency identification. Learn how hospitals and health-care organizations are using the technology to improve patient monitoring and safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing, reduce medical errors by tracking medical devices and enhance supply chain efficiencies.
How to Choose the Right RFID System:
A Step-By-Step Guide for Providers of Health Care
This $395 value is FREE when you attend the RFID in Health Care preconference seminar!
Health-care providers around the world are seeking to use RFID technologies to track mobile medical equipment, assets, patients, lab samples and much more. Choosing the right RFID system for each application and environment can be a challenge. This report walks decision-makers through the process of selecting the best technology options available to meet their goals. It includes an evaluation of the features and capabilities of the various real-time location systems used in hospitals.
RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.
April 3, 2012
New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together
Supply Chain Cost Reduction and Process Improvement: A Strategic Approach Through the Use of RFID Technology
The changing focus of health-care delivery to reduce the cost of patient care is offering new opportunities to align the organization's strategic goals with supply chain cost-reduction initiatives. In this session, the presenters will share the Lean approach to identifying cost savings and efficiency improvements in use at Adventist HealthCare. Hear how the implementation of an advanced RFID-enabled supply chain automation solution is evaluated, including a comparison of projected and actual results.
William (Bill) A. Chapelle, Corporate Director of Material Management, Adventist HealthCare
Aravind Sampath, Corporate Supply Chain Manager, Adventist HealthCare
• Efficiency improvements in supply chain, product utilization, quality, revenue enhancement and physician collaboration
• Future opportunities for financial and efficiency improvements
Sharp Memorial Hospital Tests RFID-Enabled Drug-Management System
Sharp Memorial Hospital is currently conducting a pilot project using RFID-enabled drug-dispensing cabinets in conjunction with standard EPC Gen 2 tags. The 368-bed facility is utilizing the system to manage the inventory levels, lot numbers and expiration dates of slow-moving, high-cost pharmaceuticals that hospitals seldom administer, but that are vital to have ready nonetheless. These medications—such as rabies vaccines, blood factors and snakebite antivenom—not only are expensive, but also sometimes have a short shelf life. Learn how the RFID system is enabling the staff to know where the drugs are located, as well as the amount of each product available in stock at all times, so that it can reduce the quantity of items that are never administered due to exceeding their expiration date.
John Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Pharmacy, Sharp Memorial Hospital
• How the facility uses the RFID system to maintain a smaller stock of slow-moving drugs, thereby reducing the frequency at which they remain on the shelf past their expiration date
• Future uses of the technology at Sharp Memorial Hospital
Veterans Health Administration Deploys Enterprise-wide RTLS
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is rolling out an enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) for its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) division, which runs 152 medical centers and 1,400 community clinics and non-patient VHA facilities. Hear the benefits achieved and lessons learned from VHA's RTLS deployments at three sites. Learn why the agency is considering using both active RFID tags (predominantly Wi-Fi-based) and passive RFID tags, in order to address four use cases: asset management, temperature tracking, supply chain management and sterilization process flow management.
Kimberly Brayley, RTLS Project Management Office and Healthcare Technology Management Office, Veterans Health Administration
RFID Helps Hospital Maintain Patient Safety, Reduce Labor Costs
Children's Hospital Colorado is installing RFID sensors to monitor the temperatures of refrigerators, blood coolers, blanket warmers and other heating or cooling appliances within the new 10-story tower that it is currently constructing. Temperature fluctuation can have a damaging effect on such products as medications, blood or food, and can constitute a safety hazard. Currently, the hospital is using the system to track the temperatures of 641 heating or cooling units throughout its existing facility, every five to 15 minutes. The hospital utilizes the technology to diagnose and reduce temperature fluctuations within the coolers and heaters, bringing the number of daily alarms from an average of 50 to 60 alerts per day for 400 units, down to 7.8 alerts daily for all 641 units. Learn how the frequent automated readings and alerts have improved safety, while also reducing manual labor costs. Whereas the nursing staff previously had to check temperatures within all cooling and heating units and record the results once each shift, that process is now automated.
Harry (Butch) Wilcox, Non-Clinical Equipment Lead, Children's Hospital Colorado
• How the system has provided greater visibility into temperature readings, enabling workers to identify and resolve problems before products become spoiled and need to be destroyed, or before a cooling unit requires replacement
• The use of an alerting system to provide notification if the temperature range does not fall within the preset accepted threshold taking place, sending a text message or e-mail to the appropriate individuals
Improving Infusion Pump Usage and Utilization With RTLS
Sacred Heart Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals between Portland and San Francisco, and a regional referral center serving as a Level II trauma center for an eight-county region, implemented an RFID solution to track and manage IV pumps. Before deploying the system, the 385-bed facility—part of the PeaceHealth Medical Group—discovered that nurses in gateway areas (where patients enter) often sought IV pumps, which would frequently collect within discharge areas. The process was prone to hoarding and hunting, resulting in the staff's constant dissatisfaction. Past solutions required leasing, buying or renting addtional pumps. While this provided a short-term relief, the latent root was never addressed and resolved. Learn how Sacred Heart Medical Center decreased the number of IV pumps by 26 percent (from 923 units down to 700), by increasing equipment availability and eliminating frustrations.
Kaspar C. Buchsteiner, Healthcare Improvement Engineer, PeaceHealth, Oregon Region
•The benefits that can be realized by switching from a lease/rental model to a purchase model for IV pumps, thereby eliminating expenses
• How the facility can realize a $2.7 million savings over 10 years by tracking IV pumps
• How to design and establish a standardized asset-management process within a hospital operation supported by RTLS technology
• How the facility reduced the number of assets, instead of adding more, through the use of RTLS
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.
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