Conference AgendaHospitals 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.
September 13, 2011
|8:45 AM||Opening Remarks|
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
|9:00 AM||Improving Productivity With RTLS at Albert Einstein Medical Center|
Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) is using an automatic tracking system to improve patient flow, reduce length of stay and patient walkouts, and decrease emergency department (ED) overcrowding, in order to increase the satisfaction of both patients and caregivers. AEMC implemented automatic tracking in its ED in 2003, and is utilizing the system to track the real-time location and care status of all patients, identify the location of medical equipment, streamline the admissions process, and analyze and report on department performance. Hear how the department has achieved quantifiable improvements in operating performance, resulting in $14.8 million in revenue due to reductions in left-without-treatment (LWOT) patients and diversions, as well as improved door-to-disposition times.
Carl R. Chudnofsky, M.D., Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center
• How the system reduced the average time patients spend in the hospital's emergency department, from approximately 9 hours in 2002 to less than 3.5 hours in 2008
• Identifying key success factors in planning for the automation of clinical workflows within a high-volume, high-acuity ED, as well as detailed reporting of return on investment
|9:45 AM||Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $150,000|
Mission Hospital, a 552-bed facility with two campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, Calif., is employing a hybrid infrared (IR) and RFID system to track the location, cleaning and maintenance of its moveable medical equipment. Following the system's installation, the equipment utility rate for tagged items rose by 7 percent. The rate of lost or stolen devices dropped from 13.8 percent to zero, resulting in an annual savings of $150,000 to $200,000 worth of equipment that had been lost each year prior to the system being installed. The firm deployed RFID access points throughout the facility—providing 100 percent coverage in the building's public sections—and attached tags to mobile assets of high value. In this session, learn how Mission Hospital is using the system to better manage its moveable medical equipment, perform periodic maintenance of its assets more efficiently, assure Joint Commission compliance and reduce equipment loss.
Michael Kohler, Director of Material Management, Mission HospitalMission Viejo and Laguna Beach
• The use of an alerting system to provide notification that an activity of concern is taking place, by alerting security via text message and e-mail
• How the solution has enabled nurses to locate equipment more readily, and thus have greater work satisfaction since the tools they need for treating patients can be easily accessed
|10:30 AM||Networking Break|
|11:00 AM||Increasing Efficiencies by Using RFID to Track Assets|
Several years ago, Tallahassee Memorial HeathCare began employing radio frequency identification as a means of obtaining accurate real-time visibility regarding patients, staff members and assets. Hear how the company employs RFID asset tags to provide increased supply chain efficiency, resulting in capital purchase savings and lowered rental costs. The presenter will also discuss how real-time location system (RTLS) technology has reduced the firm's annual operating costs, including equipment inventory, in terms of process improvement.
Jay Adams, IT Enterprise Architect, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
• The benefits of using RFID to improve staff, patient and asset workflow
• How the technology has increased equipment availability, decreasing employee frustration and freeing up workers to focus on patient care
|11:45 AM||RFID-Enabled Journals Help Patients Track and Manage Chronic Diseases at Meridian Health|
Meridian Health, which operates five New Jersey hospitals and a home-care service, has developed electronic health journals for patients to answer key questions regarding symptoms of their condition, such as adult asthma, pain, COPD and depression, as well as an RFID-enabled journal to improve medication management, and to offer greater independence and safety to patients with chronic diseases. The journals' latest application targets poor sleep health—a pervasive problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. Learn how the firm's newest application enables patients to monitor their sleeping habits during the night, in the comfort of their own home. This smart card, worn during the night, tracks overall activity levels associated with sleep and combines that knowledge with common daily symptoms into a core sleep assessment, providing a method for monitoring the impact of lifestyle changes on sleep patterns.
Sandra Elliott, Director of Consumer Technology and Service Development, Meridian Health
• How RFID technology is improving medication management and offering greater independence and safety to those with chronic illnesses, outside a health-care setting
• How the iMPak Health SleepTrak application and solution uses NFC technology to upload sleep data with "touch-and-post" simplicity, via a user's mobile phone
|12:30 PM||Lunch Break|
|2:00 PM||RFID for Improved Results|
Learn how Tufts Medical Center uses passive RFID to track high-value products across four specialty departments and its materials-management department. The solution has provided the the hospital with real-time visibility, enabling optimized inventory levels, sizable financial benefits and improved inter-departmental collaboration around supply chain improvements.
Diane Hubisz, Operations Director, CardioVascular Center, Tufts Medical Center
|2:45 PM||Vein-to-Vein Implementation of HF RFID in Blood Collection Through Transfusion|
ISO 18000-3m1 13.56 MHz RFID tags have been accepted by the International Society for Blood Transfusion and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as data carriers to augment ISBT128 bar-code data on blood products. This is the first FDA-permitted implementation of RFID in all phases of blood banking. In this session, learn about RFID technology and equipment selection, as well as FDA-required RF safety testing, integration with the blood enterprise-computing system, RFID tag performance and tag survivability issues. The presenter will also discuss the benefits and deployment issues at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa Health Center.
Alfonso Gutierrez, UW RFID Lab Director and Director, UWEBC Research and Education
Clive P. Hohberger, Ph.D, RFID Systems Architect, BloodCenter of Wisconsin
• How the use of RFID can result in significant ROI over the use of bar codes in blood-center operations, through labor savings and error reduction
• How RFID use integrates with existing ISBT128 global bar-code data structures
• Why tag design and survivability are a problem due to blood centrifugation and irradiation
|3:30 PM||Networking Break|
|4:00 PM||Sharp Memorial Hospital Tests RFID-Enabled Drug-Management System|
Sharp Memorial Hospital is currently conducting a pilot project using RFID-enabled drug-dispensing cabinets in conjunction with standard EPC Gen 2 tags. The 368-bed facility is utilizing the system to manage the inventory levels, lot numbers and expiration dates of slow-moving, high-cost pharmaceuticals that hospitals seldom administer, but that are vital to have ready nonetheless. These medications—such as rabies vaccines, blood factors and snakebite antivenom—not only are expensive, but also sometimes have a short shelf life. Learn how the RFID system is enabling the staff to know where the drugs are located, as well as the amount of each product available in stock at all times, so that it can reduce the quantity of items that are never administered due to exceeding their expiration date.
John Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Pharmacy, Sharp Memorial Hospital
• How the facility uses the RFID system to maintain a smaller stock of slow-moving drugs, thereby reducing the frequency at which they remain on the shelf past their expiration date
• Future uses of the technology at Sharp Memorial Hospital
|4:45 PM||Calculating 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
|5:30 PM||Closing Remarks|
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
|5:35 PM||Conference Concludes|
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