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RFID in Healthcare

January 22, 2009 • Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino • Las Vegas, NV
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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 22, 2009

8:45 amOpening Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:00 amRFID Basics for Health-Care Professionals

This session, designed for all seminar attendees looking to understand different types of RFID technologies and the applications for each, will cover active, battery-assisted and passive technologies (high-frequency and ultrahigh-frequency), and explain how they can be deployed to track various assets. The session will also include a brief overview of EPCglobal's standards, and their relevance in health care.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A fundamental understanding of the different types of RFID systems and their relevance for health care applications
• Current RFID trends in health care
9:45 amHow to Evaluate RFID Technology and Create Success Criteria for Hospital Implementations

Managing mobile assets in a hospital setting can be an enormous task, as thousands of pieces of equipment are constantly moving around the facility. Much has been said regarding real-time location systems (RTLS) in the health-care field, and their effectiveness in meeting asset visibility challenges. However, specific challenges surround potential interference disruption and ongoing maintenance concerns with implementing RTLS. During this session, one hospital CIO will explain how to evaluate such a system from a technical standpoint for use in a hospital and will explain how to create success criteria for an RFID hospital implementation.

Ray Lowe, Senior Director of Enterprise Clinical Implementation (EHR) and Acute Care Strategy, Dignity Health
• Technical evaluation criteria for RTLS in a health-care setting, including applications, installation, interference and business model
• An understanding of critical implementation factors, such as patient-care disruption during installation, scalability, infrastructure costs, system reliability, ease of use, maintenance and initial operating costs
10:30 amROI from RFID: Savings from Tagging Hernia Meshes

Integris Health, the largest health-care provider in Oklahoma, recently completed a project involving the tagging of hernia meshes at its Southwest Medical Center acute-care facility, located in Oklahoma City. In this session, hear the project's results, including how the company estimated an ROI of more than $300,000 due to RFID's ability to reduce shrinkage and ensure high-value items don't expire before use. In addition, learn about the company's visionary approach to rolling out an enterprisse-wide deployment.

Jerome R. Gardner, VP of Special Projects and Consulting Services, Integris Health
• How to reduce inventory with radio frequency identification
• How to lay the groundwork for deploying RFID on a broad scale
11:15 amNetworking Break
11:45 amCase Study: How UCSD Medical Center Achieved an ROI With an Active RFID Real-Time Location System

The University of California San Diego Medical Center lowered its rental costs for mobile medical equipment and improved its overall equipment and maintenance process when it implemented a real-time location systems (RTLS). In this session, you will learn what the center’s original goals were for improving asset management and how it solved a broad range of process and workflow problems with the technology, including how it managed equipment needs in its Incident Command Center during San Diego’s recent fire disasters.

Scott Sullivan, Business Manager, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
• How RTLS generated a strong return on investment (ROI) by reducing staff time searching for equipment
• How to use RFID to lower equipment inventory requirements, minimizing equipment theft and loss
12:30 pmLunch Break
2:00 pmRFID in Health Care Panel

Health-care facilities are faced with many 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. In this session, leading technology providers discuss some of the key issues that health care providers need to understand when making technology choices.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Michael Manley, Senior Director, Health and Life Sciences, RFID, Impinj
Matt Perkins, CTO, Awarepoint
2:45 pmResearching, Testing and Evaluating RFID for Medical Devices, Equipment and Medicines

Worried about how radio frequency identification might affect your devices, medicines and equipment? In this session, hear about the WinRFID MedTest, a combination of methodology and technology being developed to enable hospitals, health-care organizations, medical equipment vendors and pharmaceutical companies to evaluate the readability of RFID tags when attached to such items, and to study how radio waves affect those items when in use. WinRFID MedTest is being designed by WINMEC (Wireless Internet for Mobile Enterprise Consortium), a UCLA-based research group.

Rajit Gadh, Ph.D., Professor and Director, UCLA-WINMEC
•  The factors involved in measuring RFID's interference on medical equipment 
•  How to shielding medical devices from electromagnetic interference (EMI)
3:30 pmNetworking Break
4:00 pmUsing 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 it 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 come with 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. 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
• How RFID helped St. Elizabeth's to maintain optimum inventory levels and track bulk purchases
• How to use RFID to improve workflow for front-line staff in a hospital setting
4:45 pmDeploying RFID as a Cost-Saving Infrastructure

RFID can be used in many ways in hospitals, from patient monitoring to asset tracking. The key to getting the most from your RFID investment is to build an infrastructure that will provide a near-term ROI while also enabling you to introduce new applications that deliver additional benefits over time. In this session, learn how to create an RFID investment strategy that will pay off in both the short and long term.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A checklist of points to consider when deploying an RFID infrastructure
• A list of applications that can be deployed over time using an infrastructure approach
5:30 pmClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
5:35 pmSeminar Concludes

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