RFID in Health Care

February 05, 2013 — 11 AM to 1 PM EST

Gold Sponsor:
HID Global

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. This virtual event will feature health-care providers and leading early adopters sharing real-world case studies that reveal the business benefits of RFID technology.

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11:00 AMWelcome and Introduction
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
11:05 AMCalculating 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.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
11:45 AMOptimizing and Tracking Via Embedded or Attached RFID Tags
This presentation will focus on how RFID tags are integrated into health-care delivery systems, and what the benefits are for medical device manufacturers and health-care providers. Learn how RFID tags can be integrated into process and inventory systems, delivering time savings and cost reductions and improving accountability and outcomes, by taking into account the performance characteristics and form-factor considerations of readily available RFID tags.
Richard Aufreiter, Director of Product-Management Identification Technologies, HID Global
12:05 PMImproving 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 additional 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
12:35 PMImproving Quality of Veteran Care and Operational Efficiency Via 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 employee 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.
Michael McDonald, VA VISN 11 Biomedical Engineer POC, Veterans in Partnership (VISN11) Healthcare Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
12:55 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal