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RFID in Healthcare
January 23-25, 2008 | The Westin Casuarina | Las Vegas

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Hospitals across North America are achieving real benefits—improved patient outcomes and/or a financial return on investment—from using RFID to track patients and assets, collect information automatically and reduce medical errors. In this seminar, co-located with the Health Care Supply Chain Summit, you will learn about the way hospitals and health care providers are using RFID today as well as insights into how to move from one-off applications to an infrastructure approach to RFID.

January 23, 2008

11:00 amRFID Basics for Health-Care Professionals
This session is designed for all seminar attendees looking to gain the foundational knowledge of RFID and EPC technologies needed to engage vendors and begin developing a business case. 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 and ISO standards, as well as the major applications of the technology.
Harold Boeck, Professor of Marketing, Academic Founder of Academia RFID, Academia RFID
11:30 amThe Real Benefits and Potential of RFID in Healthcare

Business technology is at the heart improving business and health outcomes. This breakout session will focus on the benefits of RFID in healthcare. Attendees will hear about a world class Digital Hospital solution implemented at St. Olav's hospital, integrating people, processes and technologies.

John Keogh, Director, RFID & Supply Chain Solutions, Canada, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)
12:00 pmHow to Address RFID Privacy Issues in Health Care
RFID information technologies are transforming the health sector, enabling new efficiencies, improved services and enhanced patient care and safety. But what are the privacy implications of using RFID? Is it acceptable to tag and track patients? Do the benefits outweigh the costs? And is there a way to address privacy concerns and realize the benefits of RFID technology? This session will answer these and other critical questions.

Ann Cavoukian Ph.D.,, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Government of Ontario
Victor Garcia, CTO, Canada, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)
12:25 pmLunch Break
1:25 pmIncreasing Accuracy and Ease of Charge Capture
Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, a member of the Providence Health System, has implemented RFID at the point of care to track high-value consumable devices. This has enabled the hospital to accurately capture and reconcile product usage at the point of care. The system helps staff quickly locate critical products needed for each case, ensure products are not over- or under-stocked, effectively rotate expiring products and efficiently manage product recalls. In this session, hear how the organization implemented the system, the challenges it faced and where it sees the technology’s greatest future potential.
Dan Scharbach, Regional Director, Invasive Heart and Vascular Services, Providence Health System/Portland Service Area
2:05 pmWhat Type of RFID Technology Should Hospitals Use?

Hospitals are faced with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to implementing an RFID asset-tracking system, including passive high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF), active 455 MHz systems, Wi-Fi, Zigbee, ultrawide-band (UWB) systems and ultrasound technology. This session will explain the differences so you can determine the best choice for your hospital’s needs.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal LLC
Jason Howe, Chief Executive Officer, Awarepoint
Narendra Joshi, Global Product Manager, Workflow Solutions, GE Healthcare
Don Zeppenfield, VP, Sales and Business Development, Sonitor Technologies
2:45 pmNetworking Break
3:45 pmWayne Memorial Hospital Locates Assets in Real Time
Numerous hospitals are using RFID to track a wide variety of assets within their facilities, to improve utilization, automatically schedule and manage routine maintenance, and enable care-givers to spend less time looking for assets. Learn how North Carolina’s Wayne Memorial Hospital saved more than $300,000 in expenses, achieving a return on its investment within the first year. In addition, find out how tracking approximately 1,300 medical devices has improved efficiencies in such areas as nursing services and biomedical engineering.
Tom Bradshaw, VP, Operations, Wayne Memorial Hospital
4:25 pmTracking Medical Devices With RFID
The FDA will soon begin issuing guidelines concerning Unique Identification (UID) systems for medical devices. Research indicates RFID technology offers a feasible and cost-effective approach to UIDs. In this session, hear how connecting all medical devices to hospital reporting systems via RFID technology not only helps control infection through medical devices, but also increases labor and supply-chain efficiencies in a closed-loop environment.
Brad Sokol, CEO, Fast Track Technologies
5:00 pmHCA North Florida Benefits from Patient Monitoring
HCA North Florida Division is expanding its RFID-based real-time location system (RTLS) used for a variety of applications, from asset tracking to patient monitoring. The organization consists of nine hospitals in northern Florida and eight in southern Georgia, and is combining active RFID with 2-D bar coding to improve patient care and safety, as well as hospital operations and workflow.
Dr. In Mun, VP, Research & Technology, HCA North Florida
5:40 pmRFID Applied: Real-World Uses in Health Care

RFID is an enabling technology that can be applied across many health-care applications. In this session hear how the use of the technology in the O.R. can save health-care providers money, boost operating efficiencies, reduce liabilities and improve patient safety.

Dr. Verna Gibbs, Professor of Clinical Surgery, UCSF
6:00 pmSeminar Concludes

January 24, 2008

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January 25, 2008

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