RFID in Health Care Case Studies

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Here are the titles, session descriptions and speakers for the presentations on this DVD:

VA Benefits From Tracking Assets Enterprise-Wide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out the world's largest enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) at its Veterans Health Administration (VHA) division, which runs 152 medical centers and 1,400 community clinics and non-patient VHA facilities. The active RFID-based solution will initially focus on four use cases: asset management, temperature tracking, supply chain management and sterilization process flow management. Get an update on the VA's progress and the benefits it has seen to date, and learn how the department is managing such a large, complex deployment.

Speaker: Kimberly Brayley, Director, RTLS Project Management Office, Veterans Health Administration


Improving Hospital-Based Medication Administration Using NFC

Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is testing a Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID system it developed that enables health-care staff members to manage the administration of medication at a patient's bedside. Nurses currently use a cumbersome computer and a bar-code scanner to administer medications to patients in the hospital. The firm developed a solution consisting of a Google Nexus 7 tablet and a software application that interprets NFC tag data regarding medications, patients' wristbands and nurses ID badges, confirming the correct medication and the right dose is administered to the proper patient, through the correct route, at the right time. Learn the results of a pilot study evaluating the efficiency and usability of the NFC e-MAR system compared with a traditional bar-code-based e-MAR solution. And hear the challenges that must be overcome for NFC technology to be broadly applied to e-MAR.

Speaker: Adam Landman, MD, Emergency Physician and CMIO, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Wake Forest Baptist Expands RFID RTLS to Increase Benefits

As part of a five-year initiative, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has deployed a real-time location system (RTLS) infrastructure designed to meet the needs of current use cases (asset management, temperature monitoring, blood bank supply monitoring, patient flow, staff duress, staff assistance nurse call, queue management and more), as well as future uses, to include extended patient workflow in the operating room, in the emergency department and across the enterprise. The RTLS infrastructure is deployed in all clinical areas of the fully integrated academic medical facility,, along with all ancillary support function areas that are part of the patient-flow process. This accounts for approximately 1,000 beds and 4 million square feet of RTLS coverage, in more than 8 multi-story buildings on the main campus. Learn how the firm continues to execute against this five-year initiative, and how the use of RTLS technology has moved well beyond tracking mobile medical assets.

Speaker: Mark Rheault, Director of Enterprise Visibility, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center


Hospital Identifies Recalled Drugs Via RFID

The CaroMont Regional Medical Center is a 435-bed hospital with 96 crash carts containing emergency medical kits, as well as several dozen independent kits at stationary locations, each filled with 20 to 50 medications or other emergency items required by patients in urgent need of treatment for a stroke or some other condition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) averages between 350 and 375 medication recalls annually. With each recall, the hospital's pharmacy must determine if it uses that medicine, and then locate and remove the drug in order to ensure that it is not administered to a patient. In some cases, the medications are stored on crash carts distributed throughout a hospital. Pharmacy personnel must search for those carts, open each sealed kit and then return those kits to the pharmacy to be restocked, resealed and placed back on the cart. The hospital has eliminated much of that manual process, thanks to the May 2013 installation of a radio frequency identification-based solution. Learn how the firm has reduced the amount of time employees spend locating and replacing recalled medications on crash carts, as well as replacing drugs and resealing kits, from more than 20 hours down to about two hours.

Speaker: Mike Molby, Director of Pharmacy Services, CaroMont Regional Medical Center


Hospital Improves Hand-Hygiene Compliance With RFID

A trial of RFID-enabled hand-washing stations has allowed supervisors at OhioHealth's Riverside Methodist Hospital to view usage and takes steps to promote compliance, while personnel can view their own performance and that of their colleagues. The system enabled nurse managers to identify whether or not a particular worker has complied with hand-hygiene requirements. To encourage compliance, the hospital posted a list of the rates at which health-care personnel washed their hands as expected, along with the unique ID number of each staff member's RFID badge, enabling workers to compare their own compliance rates against those of their colleagues. Learn how the firm realized a compliance rate of approximately 94 percent, which contrasts favorably with the national average of only 50 percent.

Speaker: David Rutherford, RN MSN CCRN, Nurse Manager, Riverside Methodist Hospital


Improving Patient Outcomes and ROI With RFID at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital

In September 2012, the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance (Texas Health Alliance), in Fort Worth, Texas, opened its doors with a vision for using real-time location system (RTLS) technology throughout the organization. The RTLS was integrated with other hospital systems in order to maximize technology capabilities. One of the solution's greatest benefits is that it helps caregivers locate and allocate assets quickly, thereby enabling them to spend more time serving patients. In addition, the patient-locating function makes it possible to automate the discharge process, as well as find patients for friends and family, while the personnel-locating capability enables the system to identify which staff members have been within the vicinity of an infectious patient, as well as utilizing location data to automate communications important to patient care. Learn how the system is being used to optimize equipment utilization, automate non-value-added tasks, and improve the patient experience.

Speakers: Kathi Cox, Project Consultant, Texas Health Resources;
Winjie Tang Miao, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, Texas Health Resources


How RFID Helps St. Joseph's Hospital Optimize 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 catheterization and electrophysiology labs. 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.

Speaker: Lisa Stepps, Data Manager, Cardiovascular Services, St. Joseph's Hospital


Celebration Health Improves Efficiency with RTLS

Celebration Health, a Florida Hospital facility, is employing a real-time location system (RTLS) to measure the operational efficiency of its new patient tower, which opened in mid-August 2011. At the tower, nurses wear RTLS badges enabling the hospital to gather and analyze data regarding staff members' movements, in order to ascertain how the unit could be more efficient. The system utilizes the facility's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, with tags that transmit data to the Wi-Fi nodes, and software that manages the information related to RTLS reads. The firm is using its own business-management software, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, to evaluate the data and determine what it means for staff efficiency, and how it could be improved. Learn how the solution allows management to view, for example, when employees take extra steps, enabling the hospital to improve procedures based on those findings.

Speakers: Todd Frantz, Associate Chief Technology Officer, Florida Hospital
Ashley Simmons, Operations Performance Improvement Consultant, Florida Hospital


RFID Improves Management of Emergency Medicine Kits

The pharmacy department of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a 750-bed hospital located in Baltimore, is employing an RFID-based solution to aid in the stocking of medication kits transported around the hospital for use with patients in the event of emergencies. Emergency medications are used for patients who require immediate intervention. Each kit comes with approximately 25 to 50 items, and is sealed until one of those supplies is required, at which time the kit's plastic covering is removed and the necessary items are taken out. Once the kit is no longer needed, it is then returned to the pharmacy, where staff members must determine what has been removed, and thus what must be replaced. Through the use of an RFID reader station, the facility is able to identify which medications are loaded onto a crash cart's tray, which require replenishment, and those approaching their expiration dates. As an added benefit, the facility has reduced the amount of time employees must spend loading each emergency medication tray, from approximately 20 minutes down to less than 5 minutes. Learn how the system automates the process, and how it is successfully reducing the risk of manual errors as trays are loaded.

Speaker: Adrienne Shepardson Phar.D., Manager, Central Pharmacy Services, University of MD Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy


Wake Forest Baptist Improves Efficiency and Reduces Costs By Building Its Own RFID Solution for Radiology Vest Inspection

Locating X-ray protection vests for inspections and maintenance was a time-consuming task at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center before the facility implemented a solution consisting of passive UHF RFID tags, a handheld reader and software to manage each vest's location and inspection data. The system, which can read a tag sewn into a radiology vest, was developed by the hospital's management team to improve efficiency related to monitoring more than 850 vests' inspection status and location. The Joint Commission mandates the annual inspection of the vests, and prior to the solution's implementation, members of the radiology staff had to look through their histories on a spreadsheet before attempting to locate each one by walking through as many as 30 or 40 storage locations. Since installing the system in January 2013, the facility has saved the department considerable time previously spent locating and inspecting vests, while also lowering labor costs.

Speaker: Stuart Grogan, Radiology Equipment Manager, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center


Reducing Costs With RFID at Concord Hospital

New Hampshire's Concord Hospital put in place a low-unit-of-measure (LUM) program to automate its supply chain with RFID-enabled management-automation solutions for general and high-value supplies. Taking a case-study approach, this presentation will discuss the transformation process that occurred at the firm, and will outline specific improvements achieved through the implementation of the RFID-based automated system. Learn how Concord Hospital used RFID to realign staff duties, reduce the instances of expired and damaged supplies, and decrease carrying and operating costs.

Speaker: Jodi Panzini, Director, Health Information Management, Concord Hospital


Increasing Patient Safety and Nurse Work Efficiency Via RFID

A 270-bed hospital in Tokyo, Japan, has implemented an intelligent nursing information system using handheld terminals with bar-code and RFID capabilities. This terminal facilitates the real-time confirmation and updating of patient information stored in the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR) system. One of the most important aspects of phase one of this project is injection safety. At a patient's bedside, immediately prior to injection, drugs are compared with the latest prescription information stored in the EMR, by simply reading the bar codes on the drugs and the RFID tag on the patient's wristband. This system is connected with an injection drug inventory and traceability solution that reflects injection drug picking and mixing data, also entered via the handhelds. Learn how RFID promotes patient safety while reducing drug inventory shrinkage. And hear how the system will be expanded to include medical equipment control by RFID during the implementation's second phase.

Speaker: Akira Nakamura, General Manager, Sanraku Hospital


Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Expands RTLS Usage Beyond Asset Management

The Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, a 420,000-square-foot hospital that houses 186 beds, employs 1,200 workers and is part of the Louisiana-based Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, recently expanded its use of a real-time location system (RTLS) by adding RTLS staff badges. By tracking both employees and equipment, the facility has improved its ability to manage equipment, locate and contact staff members, and understand how and when it serves patients. Learn how the asset-management solution enables the facility to easily conduct asset recalls, issue alerts in the event that items are discovered missing from a specific area, locate crash carts and other equipment, and know when assets on those carts are due to expire. In addition, hear how the system can track staff responsiveness (by identifying employees' locations) and send messages to personnel via a bedside nurse-call system (by knowing in which room each worker is located).

Speaker: Terry J. Broussard, RN, BSN, MPA, VP of Support Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center


How Synthes Uses RFID to Manage Distribution Center Processes

Medical device manufacturer Synthes is employing radio frequency identification to manage inventory at both the item and case levels. Each case-level surgical kit has numerous parts. By using RFID to rapidly perform inventory counts prior to shipping, Synthes can confirm that the proper item has been placed within each kit. When a surgical kit is returned to the distribution center, shop-floor personnel can quickly conduct inventory and invoice the hospital for any used items. By RFID-enabling DC processes—shipping, receiving, auditing and replenishment—Synthes has saved more than 14,000 labor hours annually. The direct labor savings of six full-time equivalents alone provides a return on investment, but the real benefit is increased throughput, which means no new facilities are required to accommodate a growing volume of surgical kits and sets. This webinar explains how Synthes worked with Iris Software to design and develop the RFID system, how the two companies selected tags for managing challenging processes and how the data is being utilized to deliver business value.

Speakers: Mike Diguglielmo, VP of Process Improvement, Synthes;
Anil Sanagavarapu, Technical Services Manager, Iris Software


Using RFID at the Maryland Medical Examiner's Office

When employees at Maryland's Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) require paperwork pertaining to a human body being stored at the Baltimore facility, those files could be located at a variety of places. To better manage such files—of which the office currently has approximately 30,000—the organization employs ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID real-time location system (RTLS) technology, as well as a software platform that manages data from 11 different readers. Based on the system's success, the office plans to utilize it to track the bodies themselves. Armed with data regarding a corpse's location, the office will know if a body has been kept unrefrigerated, and for how long—an important piece of information, since many bodies provide organs for transplant procedures, and must thus be kept cooled in order for those organs to retain viability. Although a body remains on site for only about 72 hours, its file circulates from one floor to another, and often to a third or fourth floor. Hear how the RTLS solution enables the firm to quickly locate decedents, and find out why proof of tracking in the OCME system suggests that living patient uses will be significant for emergency medical services (EMS), as well as within a hospital's intensive-care unit, operating room and other areas.

Speaker: Michael Eagle, Director of Information Technology, Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Clinic Gains Efficiency, Safety With RFID

The University of California, San Diego's Moores Cancer Center is employing EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to track the amount of time that each patient awaits radiation treatment, and to verify that the correct equipment is being employed. The facility treats approximately 100 patients daily, using one internal and four external radiation machines. In addition to requiring efficiency, the facility must also ensure that the proper equipment is utilized with each patient, in order to properly immobilize the correct body part prior to radiation. A system was installed that allows the center to track the locations of tagged individuals and equipment throughout the clinic's two buildings.

Speaker: Todd Pawlicki, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences, University of California, San Diego


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.

Speaker: John Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Pharmacy, Sharp Memorial Hospital


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.

Speaker: Harry (Butch) Wilcox, Non-Clinical Equipment Lead, Children's Hospital Colorado


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.

Speaker: Kaspar C. Buchsteiner, Healthcare Improvement Engineer, PeaceHealth, Oregon Region


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.

Speakers: William (Bill) A. Chapelle, Corporate Director of Material Management, Adventist HealthCare;
Aravind Sampath, Corporate Supply Chain Manager, Adventist HealthCare


RFID-Enabled Journals Help Patients Track and Manage Chronic Diseases

Meridian Health, which operates five New Jersey hospitals and a home-care service, has developed electronic health journals for patients to answer key questions regarding symptoms of their condition, such as adult asthma, pain, COPD and depression, as well as an RFID-enabled journal to improve medication management, and to offer greater independence and safety to patients with chronic diseases. The journals' latest application targets poor sleep health—a pervasive problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. Learn how the firm's newest application enables patients to monitor their sleeping habits during the night, in the comfort of their own home. This smart card, worn during the night, tracks overall activity levels associated with sleep and combines that knowledge with common daily symptoms into a core sleep assessment, providing a method for monitoring the impact of lifestyle changes on sleep patterns.

Speaker: Sandra Elliott, Director of Consumer Technology and Service Development, Meridian Health


RFID for Improved Results

Learn how Tufts Medical Center uses passive RFID to track high-value products across four specialty departments and its materials-management department. The solution has provided the hospital with real-time visibility, enabling optimized inventory levels, sizable financial benefits and improved inter-departmental collaboration around supply chain improvements.

Speaker: Diane Hubisz, Operations Director, CardioVascular Center, Tufts Medical Center


RFID Helps Massachusetts General Hospital Fully Automate Supply Management

In 2007, the Imaging Department at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) began investigating the impact that an RFID-enabled supply-tracking system could have within its organization. In 2008, MGH implemented RFID at two labs located within its Interventional Radiology Division, achieving a 20 percent increase, or $60,000, in monthly charge capture. This amount was previously lost, despite the use of a well-established, automated bar-code system. The increased charge capture provided a return on investment four times the cost of deploying the technology. Ultimately, the solution was deployed in order to create a fully automated supply chain, from product consumption through charge capture to automated reorder. Learn how MGH has expanded its RFID adoption into several major clinical areas, and how the firm built its internal business case.

Speaker: Robert M. Sheridan, Director, Interventional Radiology, Department of Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital


Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Getting the Most Out of Your RFID Implementation

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) currently has more than 6,000 asset tags and 100 temperature tags in use that provide location and temperature information anywhere within its 5 million square feet of wireless coverage. In this session, hear about the lessons learned and best practices derived five years into the program. Beyond basic asset tracking, OSUWMC is working to get the most out of the location information being collected.

Speaker: Chad Neal, Director of Technology, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC)


Improving Quality of Veteran Care and Operational Efficiency With RTLS

The Veterans Administration's Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) 11, serving veterans in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, is currently implementing a real-time location system (RTLS) at seven VA Medical Centers. Specific goals for the RTLS deployment at VISN 11 include decreasing operational costs, maximizing equipment utilization, minimizing lost and misplaced items, increasing clinical efficiencies and staff productivity, improving staff satisfaction, and reducing delays in patient care—all resulting in increased health-care efficiency and improved quality of veteran care. To help achieve these goals, VISN 11 selected four initial RTLS use cases: asset management, automated temperature and humidity monitoring, asset tracking in the cardiac catheterization lab, and sterilization processing and decontamination (SPD) workflow. Learn how VISN 11 is already meeting some of these goals, with its first implementation in Ann Arbor.

Speaker: Michael McDonald, VA VISN 11 Biomedical Engineer POC, Veterans in Partnership (VISN11) Healthcare Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Increasing Efficiencies by Using RFID to Track Assets

Several years ago, Tallahassee Memorial HeathCare began employing radio frequency identification as a means of obtaining accurate real-time visibility regarding patients, staff members and assets. Hear how the company employs RFID asset tags to provide increased supply chain efficiency, resulting in capital purchase savings and lowered rental costs. The presenter will also discuss how real-time location system (RTLS) technology has reduced the firm's annual operating costs, including equipment inventory, in terms of process improvement.

Speaker: Jay Adams, IT Enterprise Architect, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare


Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $150,000

Mission Hospital, a 552-bed facility with two campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, Calif., is employing a hybrid infrared (IR) and RFID system to track the location, cleaning and maintenance of its moveable medical equipment. Following the system's installation, the equipment utility rate for tagged items rose by 7 percent. The rate of lost or stolen devices dropped from 13.8 percent to zero, resulting in an annual savings of $150,000 to $200,000 worth of equipment that had been lost each year prior to the system being installed. The firm deployed RFID access points throughout the facility—providing 100 percent coverage in the building's public sections—and attached tags to mobile assets of high value. In this session, learn how Mission Hospital is using the system to better manage its moveable medical equipment, perform periodic maintenance of its assets more efficiently, assure Joint Commission compliance and reduce equipment loss.

Speaker: Michael Kohler, Director of Material Management, Mission Hospital—Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach


Texoma Medical Center Reduces Costs by 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. 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 manage the temperatures of nourishment and medication refrigerators.

Speaker: Gregg Stepp, CMRP, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Texoma Medical Center


Saving Time and Improving Efficiencies by Locating Tools With RFID

Medtronic's Electronic System Design (ESD) division is using an RFID system developed in-house to locate more than 2,600 electronic tools in use at its three laboratories. The system, which uses passive UHF tags, enables workers to quickly locate oscilloscopes, meters and other devices, and document which items left the labs and who took them. Hear how the system has saved workers thousands of hours previously spent searching for the missing equipment.

Speaker: Carl Closmore, Lab Supervisor, Medtronic


Lahey Clinic Expands Use of RFID Across Its Entire Facility

The Lahey Clinic Medical Center, a 295-bed hospital in Burlington, Mass., with a 24-hour emergency department and trauma center, 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, improving efficiencies and patient outcomes.

Speaker: Ed Bortone, CHPA, Director of Materials Services and Security, Lahey Clinic Medical Center


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.

Speaker: Joseph Pinto, Director of Pharmacy, Nyack Hospital


Implementation of an RFID Solution to Track Medical Devices: Case Study From Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital, located in Boston, Mass., has installed an RFID-based real-time location system (RTLS), enabling it to track thousands of medical devices. The 747-bed nonprofit teaching hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, currently tracks more than 6,000 portable patient-care devices on its campus, extending throughout two buildings. In this session, hear the processes and lessons learned from the RFID implementation, and find out how the system has improved patient care, streamlined patient flow and saved the hospital money.

Speaker: L. Michael Fraai, Director of Biomedical Engineering, Brigham and Women's Hospital


RFID Increases Profits for Pharmaceutical Distributor

Argentine pharmaceutical distribution company Axxa Pharma reports that it has seen a 40 percent rise in profit margins since it began employing RFID at its Buenos Aires warehouse. The firm is tracking the buying and selling prices of its medicines, as well as expiration dates, thereby ensuring that the drugs are properly billed, and that expired products are not shipped to customers. Learn how the technology has enabled Axxa to track each container of medicine from the time it arrives at the warehouse until the drug is sold and shipped to a customer.

Speaker: Federico van Gelderen, Executive Director, Axxa Pharma


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.

Speaker: Steve Montgomery, Supervisor of Logistics, Genesis Health System


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.

Speaker: Maria Agostinho, Director, Biomedical Engineering , Saint Michaels Medical Center (a member of Catholic Health East)


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.

Speaker: Halsey Bagg, Director of Cardiology Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center


Nursing Facility Adopts RFID for Memory-Impaired Residents

TLC Care Center, a rehabilitation therapy and long-term nursing facility, is providing RFID-enabled bracelets to residents of its new memory wing, which houses patients with advanced forms of dementia. The wristbands are outfitted with active RFID tags that trigger alerts and lock doors if a resident approaches an exit to ensure residents do not exit the wing. Hear how the system was set up to protect dementia patients, and how it is performing in the real world.

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Speaker: Al Arzola, Facility Manager, TLC Care Center


Improving Operations in the Distribution Center With RFID

McKesson Corp., a health-care services and information technology firm, is piloting the use of mobile RFID readers at its distribution centers. Learn why the firm has chosen to pilot the mobile RFID readers, and hear about the approach that it has taken to reduce the amount of data traffic across its DCs' wireless network using these mobile readers. The presenter will also discuss the company's use of SGLN-96 RFID tags to ensure that location data can be derived using the mobile RFID readers.

Speaker: Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson

Ohio State University Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Assets Across 40 Building Campuses

The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) currently has 2,500 asset tags and 60 temperature tags in use that provide location and temperature information anywhere within its 5 million square feet of wireless coverage. In this session, hear about the 802.11 wireless network design considerations that positioned the organization to leverage the comprehensive wireless network for a real-time location system (RTLS). In addition, gain an understanding of the enterprise architectural approach and business-case alignment employed to garner support across the organization for 802.11 RFID technology.

Speaker: Chad Neal, Director of Technology, Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)


Disney Cancer Center Uses RFID to Enhance Patient Experience

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center’s Disney Family Cancer Center is employing an RFID solution to reduce patient anxiety and improve workflow. Hear how the hospital uses RFID readers to relay information to activate custom hospital-room settings—music, lighting and temperature—as well as location data that can be sent to the staff’s phone, enabling clinicians to locate patients quickly. Information is also provided to the facility’s security and environmental-control systems, thus maximizing the hospital’s operational efficiencies.

Speaker: Ray Lowe, Director of Ministry Support/IS Operations, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center


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 come as a result of drastically reducing the amount of rental equipment utilized by the firm's four hospitals, as well as decreasing the incidence of lost or stolen equipment. The asset-tracking portion of the deployment included attaching 433 MHz active RFID tags to 11,000 assets, such as IV pumps, wheelchairs and stretchers, 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.

Speaker: Kathy Santini, VP of Surgical Services, Bon Secours Richmond Health System


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.

Speaker: Allyn Whaley-Martin, Director of Safety, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center


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.

Speaker: Jim Barnes, Director of OR Support Staff, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center


Potential Optimizations of Workflow Processes and Resources Through the Focused Deployment of Enabling Technologies

Growing technological complexity within the patient-care environment, coupled with increased workloads and reduced staffing, has created difficulties and discontinuities in the management of patient information and the overall care environment. These issues have directly impacted and contributed to a rise in equipment-related errors, patient dissatisfaction and a potential for patient injury, and have resulted in an overall increase in concern for patient safety. Integrating RTLS and RFID information with inventory applications and processes has the potential to enable better utilization of devices and reduce capital expenditures. Integrating RFID with workflow processes provides metrics to enhance the complex utilization of staff resources, which can be focused on optimizing the patient-care process, along with patient safety and satisfaction.

Speaker: Paul Frisch, PhD., Assistant Attending and Clinical Member, Department of Medical Physics and Chief of Biomedical Physics & Engineering, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Vaccines, Hand Hygiene and Assets

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), a 4.1-million-square-foot hospital, is deploying hybrid infrared-RFID technology to monitor vaccine temperatures within its 300 refrigerators and freezers. In March 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established a new guideline recommending that hospitals track the temperatures of vaccines twice daily—a labor-intensive task. For that reason, WFUBMC installed temperature-sensing tags in refrigerators, and also attached asset-tracking tags to mobile equipment. In this session, hear how the 1,056-bed facility is also tracking hand hygiene compliance.

Speaker: Robert S. Parker, VP for Support Operations and Community Health, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center


Leveraging Real-time Location in Health Care: Practical Applications

Hospitals face unprecedented financial pressures these days—investment declines, rising expenses, lower patient volumes, increased competition and more—which challenge their ability to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients within their communities. At the same time, pending legislation is expected to drive millions of formerly uninsured consumers into the health-care system. And in the next decade, millions of aging Baby Boomers will join the Medicare rolls. So paradoxically, in this era of tightened finances, medical centers must prepare to increase—not reduce—capacity. Hospitals can leverage RTLS/RFID technologies to wring efficiency out of existing resources and create capacity. Automated asset-, patient- and bed-management systems provide solutions to increase efficiency and unlock capacity. In this session, learn how Trident Health System has applied a comprehensive approach combining technology and process enhancements to improve patient flow and asset management.

Speaker: Sherry Washington, RN, Director of Support Services and Patient Flow, Trident Health System.


Additional Presentations Included on the DVD:

UDI Update: FDA's Mandate for Improved Device Management and Patient Safety

Tracking and tracing the path of medical devices from manufacture and distribution to the point of use and, ultimately, the end of the product's life cycle—including possible recalls—has broad implications within today's health-care community. The FDA's Unique Device Identification (UDI) Rule will establish a single device-identification system that is consistent, unambiguous, standardized and globally harmonized. All medical device manufacturers will be required to comply with the new UDI methodology. In this session, learn how a UDI system will provide for the early detection of defective devices, as well as facilitate device recalls, in order to enhance patient safety and reduce medical errors.

Speaker: Jay Crowley, Senior Advisor for Patient Safety, Center for Devices and Radiological Health , FDA


Transforming Health Care Through Innovative Technologies

Innovative technologies are creating dramatic improvements in patient care, patient safety and operating efficiencies, and are providing health-care workers with real-time visibility of mission-critical data, assets, processes and personnel. RFID technologies are increasingly being adopted in health care to enhance operational processes, facilitate business intelligence and improve health-care outcomes. Learn, through real-world case studies, how smart technologies are being deployed to better manage inventory and the hospital supply chain, and how new technologies are impacting the assisted-living and nursing-home industries.

Speaker: Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution, Inc.


What You Need to Know About Different RFID Systems

Not all RFID solutions are alike. It's important to understand the various technologies involved—active, passive, real-time locating systems (RTLS) and so forth—and how each performs in the real world in various types of business applications. In this video, we discuss the different technological scenarios for such applications, and identify which technologies can be better suited to support your initiative.

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


Serialization With RFID in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Upcoming track-and-trace requirements by individual states for the pharmaceutical supply chain, such as California in 2015, as well as higher-level electronic-pedigree obligations, have encouraged many drug companies to explore supply chain solutions based on RFID technologies. The existence of a large number of different system parameters with significant effects on the performance of an RFID implementation, however, creates a challenge for companies in identifying the optimal system setup with minimal supply chain disruption. In this session, find out how the University of South Florida Polytechnic employed an analytical approach to help a pharmaceutical firm improve the efficiency of its RFID implementation for a challenging product.

Speaker: Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida


Calculating the Return on Investment from a Real-Time Location System

An RFID-based real-time location system increases asset utilization rates and cuts expenditures on replacement and rental equipment. In this session, we explain how RFID Journal's RTLS ROI Calculator estimates that return on investment based on expected improvements in asset utilization rate. The session also covers some of the other soft benefits that can be achieved with an RTLS.

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


RFID in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Regulations, Physical Limitations and a Real-Life Study

In this presentation, learn in detail how the regulations put in place by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) affect the application of RFID in tracking and tracing pharmaceuticals—particularly products with proteins as their active ingredient (biologics). In addition, hear the conclusive results of a two-year collaboration between University of South Florida Polytechnic researchers and multiple major pharmaceutical companies, to test and analyze the effects of some of these regulations on a wide variety of biologic products over the frequency spectrum of commercially available RFID systems.

Speakers: Jean-Pierre Emond, Dean and Research Professor, College of Technology & Innovation, University of South Florida Polytechnic:
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of South Florida Polytechnic