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RFID in Healthcare
January 28, 2010 • Fairmont Hotel • Dallas, TX
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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 monitor patients and assets, collect information automatically and reduce medical errors. At this event, 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.

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January 28, 2010

8:30 AMOpening Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
8:45 AMRFID Basics for Health-Care Professionals

This session, designed for all seminar attendees looking to understand the various 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
9:30 AMSuccessful Deployment of RTLS in Health Care

San Joaquin Community Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System, recently deployed an enterprise-wide real-time location system (RTLS) covering 350,000 square feet and involving more than 1,300 assets. The system included equipment asset tags and temperature-monitoring tags. In this session, learn how the hospital is employing RTLS as a solution to budget pressures, not as an additional cost. Learn how to utilize the data to make business decisions that result in an ROI. Hear how San Joaquin Community Hospital worked with its vendor during the installation process to make sure the solution provided a financially significant return on its investment.

Sam Itani, Vice President, San Joaquin Community Hospital
10:15 AMNetworking Break
10:45 AMUsing RTLS to Overcome Business-Management Challenges in Today's Operating Room

Properly managing perioperative services from both a patient-flow and budget perspective affects a hospital's entire organization. Operating room flow drives the vast majority of a medical facility's in-patients, and ORs are the major revenue and cost centers of most hospitals. Ultimately, improving perioperative services improves a medical center's overall flow and bottom line. Today's OR management team must oversee multi-million-dollar budgets, meet aggressive quality and safety targets, recruit and retain employees, and drive surgeon satisfaction. In this presentation, learn how RTLS technology impacts the UCSD Medical Center's process-improvement goals to maximize operational efficiency, as well as minimize required resources and related costs.

Scott Sullivan, Business Manager, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
11:30 AMTennessee Hospital Tracks High-Value Items

A hospital in Tennessee is using RFID-enabled cabinets to combat the loss of unused and unbilled products, such as implantable and surgical devices. Before implementing the RFID solution, the products either disappeared, were charged incorrectly or were moved to the wrong department. In this session, hear how the hospital has already saved money thanks to the system, in part because staff members find it easier to record a product's use. Items are, therefore, more likely to be billed correctly. Learn why the system helps the facility to identify billing errors and thefts.

Scott Hardin, Director of Cardiac Operations,
12:15 PMLunch Break
1:45 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, ultra-wideband (UWB) systems and ultrasound technology. In this session, leading technology experts will discuss some of the key issues health-care providers need to understand when making technology choices.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson
William Mapp, President, BA Systems, LLC
2:30 PMBuilding a Business Case for RFID: From the Basement to the C-Suite

Equipment and supplies that are not readily available when required for patient care can compromise safety and impact staff productivity. By appropriately tracking the location, availability and usage of equipment or high-cost, low-turnover supplies, an investment in RFID has the potential to save money, minimize waste and improve employee efficiency. This presentation will discuss one hospital's experience in developing a business case with a positive ROI to fund and implement RFID at a 248-bed, acute-care hospital, ambulatory surgical unit and nine medical office buildings.

Terri Simpson-Tucker, RN, MSN, Assistant Administrator of Support Services , Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center
• Strategies to help build political backing for an RFID project 
• How to overcome barriers from blockers, gain stakeholder buy-in and acquire financial backing for purchase
3:15 PMNetworking Break
3:45 PMProving ROI With RFID in Medical Device Distribution

Zimmer Ohio, one of the state's top orthopedic distributors, continuously reviews its business processes in order to maintain market position. In this session, learn how the implementation of an RFID solution is expected to optimize the company's supply chain operations. Hear why the firm anticipates lowering its loan shipment and receiving timeline from a minimum of 2.5 hours to less than 5 minutes, while also increasing the accuracy of its quality-checking process to 100 percent.

John C. Reese, PMP, RFID Project Manager, Zimmer Ohio
• Why Zimmer chose an RFID-enabled solution for asset and inventory management
• How the RFID system has increased the company's supply chain visibility
4:30 PMRFID 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 comes as a result of drastically reducing the amount of rental equipment utilized by the company's four hospitals, as well as decreasing the incidence of lost or stolen equipment. The asset-tracking portion of the deployment included tagging 11,000 assets, such as IV pumps, wheelchairs and stretchers, with 433 MHz active RFID tags, 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.

Kathy Santini, VP of Surgical Services, Bon Secours Richmond Health System
5:15 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
5:20 PMConference Concludes

January 25, 2010

7:00 AM Day One
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January 26, 2010

7:00 AM Day Two
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January 27, 2010

7:00 AM Day Three
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