RFID in Health Care

October 27, 2009 — 11 AM to 1 PM EST

Gold Sponsor:
BA Systems

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. Register today to hear the latest information regarding asset tracking, patient monitoring, supply chain management and other critical applications.

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11:05 AMUsing RFID to Optimize Medical Device Inventories at St. Elizabeth Medical Center
The 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 on hand a cardiac device inventory valued at more than $1 million. 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 apiece. Prior to implementing the RFID solution, the facility relied on clinical staff members to manually track inventory. In this session, find out how St. Elizabeth's was able to optimize inventory levels and better manage consignment stock, expired products and recall notifications with RFID.
Halsey Bagg, Director of Cardiology Services, St. Elizabeth Medical Center
11:25 AMQ&A With Speaker
11:30 AMRFID Basics for Health-Care Professionals
This session, designed for all seminar attendees looking to understand the various types of RFID technologies—as well as applications for each—will cover active, battery-assisted and passive technologies (high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency), and explain how each can be deployed to track various assets. The session will also offer a brief overview of EPCglobal's standards, including their relevance in health care.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
11:55 AMQ&A With Speaker
12:00 PMSaving Money While Protecting Patients
The United States is on the cusp of a surge in its elderly population. As a growing number of seniors rely on prescription medications for their ailments, protecting their health by keeping illegal and expired drugs out of the pharmaceutical delivery system is of paramount importance. In a system containing drugs both foreign and domestically produced, the criticality of verifying a medicine's authenticity cannot be understated. Learn how some pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors are protecting patients' health—and saving money in the process.
William Mapp, President, BA Systems, LLC
12:20 PMQ&A With Speaker
12:25 PMBeyond Asset Tracking: How UCSD Medical Center Achieved an ROI With an Active RFID Real-Time Location System
The University of California's San Diego Medical Center initially lowered its rental costs for mobile medical equipment and improved its overall equipment and maintenance processes by implementing a real-time locating system (RTLS). The university has since gone beyond asset tracking to develop departmental applications, such as enterprise workflow with medical instrumentation tray tracking across multiple campuses. In this session, recorded at RFID Journal LIVE! on Apr. 28, 2009, learn about the center's original asset-management goals, and discover how it solved a broad range of process and workflow issues with RFID, including how it managed the equipment used at its Incident Command Center during a recent San Diego fire. In addition, find out how the center reduced inventory requirements and enhanced revenue impact by managing millions of dollars' worth of instrumentation using a sterilizable RTLS tag.
Scott Sullivan, Business Manager, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
12:50 PMWrap Up
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal