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Disney Cancer Center Uses RFID to Enhance Patient Experience

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center's Disney Family Cancer Center is employing an RFID solution to reduce patient anxiety and improve workflow. Hear how the hospital uses RFID readers to relay information to activate custom hospital-room settings—music, lighting and temperature—as well as location data that can be sent to the staff's phones, enabling clinicians to locate patients quickly. Information is also provided to the facility's security and environmental-control systems, thus maximizing the hospital's operational efficiencies.

Ray Lowe, Director of Ministry Support/IS Operations, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Texoma Medical Center Reduces Costs by Managing Assets With RFID

Texoma Medical Center, an acute-care hospital located in Denison, Texas, is utilizing an enterprise-wide real-time locating system (RTLS) to track and manage mobile medical equipment and monitor temperature-sensitive assets. Learn how the hospital is lowering costs in the areas of capital budget reallocation and monthly rental savings, while reducing the incidence of lost or missing assets. And hear how the medical center is using temperature-monitoring tags to manage the temperatures of nourishment and medication refrigerators.

Gregg Stepp, CMRP, Director of Supply Chain Operations, Texoma Medical Center

Saving Time and Improving Efficiencies by Locating Tools With RFID

Medtronic's Electronic System Design (ESD) division is using an RFID system developed in-house to locate more than 2,600 electronic tools in use at its three laboratories. The system, which uses passive UHF tags, enables workers to quickly locate oscilloscopes, meters and other devices, and document which items left the labs and who took them. Hear how the system has saved workers thousands of hours previously spent searching for the missing equipment.

• Carl Closmore, Lab Supervisor, Medtronic

Lahey Clinic Expands Use of RFID Across Its Entire Facility

The Lahey Clinic Medical Center, a 295-bed hospital in Burlington, Mass., with a 24-hour emergency department and trauma center, has more than 1,500 pieces of moveable medical equipment. In this session, hear how Lahey pioneered the use of RFID for asset tracking in a hospital, and how it has since moved on to additional applications of the technology, improving efficiencies and patient outcomes.

• Ed Bortone, CHPA, Director of Materials Services and Security, Lahey Clinic Medical Center

Nyack Hospital Improves Medication Compliance With RFID

When patients are released from Nyack Hospital, they are typically given one or more drug prescriptions that they must then fill and keep track of on their own. If a patient fails to take the medications as prescribed, he or she may end up back in the hospital. The medical center is addressing that problem with an automated solution that utilizes a mobile phone with an RFID interrogator, as well as tags attached to medication bottles, and a Web-based server that remotely manages an individual's prescription regimen. In this session, hear how patients are provided with an RFID-enabled mobile phone that connects to the Web-based server. The patient also receives a package of RFID labels with the name of a prescription drug printed on the front. Each label's embedded tag is encoded with an encrypted unique ID number corresponding with information the hospital has provided regarding that patient.

• Joseph Pinto, Director of Pharmacy, Nyack Hospital

Optimizing Inventory Management in an Acute-Care Setting

Saint Joseph's Hospital, a 410-bed facility located in Atlanta, Ga., uses RFID technology and a Web-based information system to optimize its management of high-cost medical devices valued at $2 million in the specialty areas of the hospital's Cardiac Cath Lab and Electrophysiology Lab. In this session, hear how the system interfaces with several hospital information systems already in use at Saint Joseph's, employing high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags conforming to the ISO 15693 standard, to link items to a digital database, where they can then be tracked and monitored. In addition, learn how the system enables the facility to quickly generate real-time reports and analysis, resulting in a significant cost savings and improved charge capture.

• Lisa Stepps, Data Manager, Cardiovascular Services, St. Joseph's Hospital

Implementation of an RFID Solution to Track Medical Devices: Case Study From Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital, located in Boston, Mass., has installed an RFID-based real-time location system (RTLS), enabling it to track thousands of medical devices. The 747-bed nonprofit teaching hospital, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, currently tracks more than 6,000 portable patient-care devices on its campus, extending throughout two buildings. In this session, hear the processes and lessons learned from the RFID implementation, and find out how the system has improved patient care, streamlined patient flow and saved the hospital money.

• L. Michael Fraai, Director of Biomedical Engineering, Brigham and Women's Hospital

RFID 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 come as a result of drastically reducing the amount of rental equipment utilized by the firm's four hospitals, as well as decreasing the incidence of lost or stolen equipment. The asset-tracking portion of the deployment included attaching 433 MHz active RFID tags to 11,000 assets, such as IV pumps, wheelchairs and stretchers, 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

Regional Medical Center Uses RTLS to Improve Efficiencies

The Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, a 740-bed community hospital in Baton Rouge, La., has more than 1,000 physicians and 4,000 team members. The facility undertook an enterprise-wide real-time locating system (RTLS) deployment that covers almost 1 million square feet, with nearly 6,000 assets under management. In this session, hear how the firm is getting the most from its RFID system. Learn how to understand end-user goals, facilitate change management, drive user adoption and develop business standards, and find out how the medical center is using its RTLS to favorably impact capital dollar allocations, as well as safety and nursing efficiency.

• Allyn Whaley-Martin, Director of Safety, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

Using 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 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 carry 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. Elizabeths 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

RTLS Asset Management at University of California San Francisco Medical Center

Efficiently tracking the location, status and movement of mobile medical equipment was an important value driver for the UCSF Medical Center. The hospital's real-time location system (RTLS) project was initially driven by regulatory pressures to keep its hallways clear of obstructions. With equipment storage located offsite, nearly two miles away, the staff was reluctant to move items to that site without an equipment-tracking solution in place. Hear how UCSF originally installed an RTLS in its operating room in 2007, starting with 1,000 OR-owned assets, and how it has since expanded the deployment to multiple campuses.

• Jim Barnes, Director of OR Support Staff, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center

Potential Optimizations of Workflow Processes and Resources Through the Focused Deployment of Enabling Technologies

Growing technological complexity within the patient-care environment, coupled with increased workloads and reduced staffing, has created difficulties and discontinuities in the management of patient information and the overall care environment. These issues have directly impacted and contributed to a rise in equipment-related errors, patient dissatisfaction and a potential for patient injury, and have resulted in an overall increase in concern for patient safety. Many hospitals have augmented their traditional operational and business models to expand their role in developing enhanced clinical applications, capitalizing on new enabling technologies providing added accuracy and efficiency to their operational processes. One of the most promising technologies is RFID, and its role in real-time location services. Integrating RTLS and RFID information with inventory applications and processes has the potential to enable better utilization of devices and reduce capital expenditures. Integrating RFID with workflow processes provides metrics to enhance the complex utilization of staff resources, which can be focused on optimizing the patient-care process, along with patient safety and satisfaction.

• Paul Frisch, PhD., Assistant Attending and Clinical Member, Department of Medical Physics and
Chief of Biomedical Physics & Engineering, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Vaccines, Hand Hygiene and Assets

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), a 4.1-million-square-foot hospital, is deploying hybrid infrared-RFID technology to monitor vaccine temperatures within its 300 refrigerators and freezers. In March 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established a new guideline recommending that hospitals track the temperatures of vaccines twice daily—a labor-intensive task. For that reason, WFUBMC installed temperature-sensing tags in refrigerators, and also attached asset-tracking tags to mobile equipment. In this session, hear how the 1,056-bed facility is also tracking hand hygiene compliance.

• Robert S. Parker, VP for Support Operations and Community Health, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Working Lunch: Leveraging Real-time Location in Health Care—Practical Applications

Hospitals face unprecedented financial pressures these days—investment declines, rising expenses, lower patient volumes, increased competition and more—which challenge their ability to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients within their communities. At the same time, pending legislation is expected to drive millions of formerly uninsured consumers into the health-care system. And in the next decade, millions of aging Baby Boomers will join the Medicare rolls. So paradoxically, in this era of tightened finances, medical centers must prepare to increase—not reduce—capacity. Hospitals can leverage RTLS and RFID technologies to wring efficiency out of existing resources and create capacity. Automated asset-, patient- and bed-management systems provide solutions to increase efficiency and unlock capacity. In this session, learn how Trident Health System has applied a comprehensive approach combining technology and process enhancements to improve patient flow and asset management.

• Sherry Washington, RN, Director of Support Services and Patient Flow, Trident Health System.

RFID in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Regulations, Physical Limitations and a Real-Life Study

In this presentation, learn in detail how the regulations put in place by the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) affect the application of RFID in tracking and tracing pharmaceuticals—particularly products with proteins as their active ingredient (biologics). In addition, hear the conclusive results of a two-year collaboration between University of South Florida Polytechnic researchers and multiple major pharmaceutical companies, to test and analyze the effects of some of these regulations on a wide variety of biologic products over the frequency spectrum of commercially available RFID systems.

Jean-Pierre Emond, Dean and Research Professor, College of Technology & Innovation,
University of South Florida Polytechnic
• Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor,
University of South Florida Polytechnic

RFID Increases Profits for Pharmaceutical Distributor

Argentine pharmaceutical distribution company Axxa Pharma reports that it has seen a 40 percent rise in profit margins since it began employing RFID at its Buenos Aires warehouse. The firm is tracking the buying and selling prices of its medicines, as well as expiration dates, thereby ensuring that the drugs are properly billed, and that expired products are not shipped to customers. Learn how the technology has enabled Axxa to track each container of medicine from the time it arrives at the warehouse until the drug is sold and shipped to a customer.

• Federico van Gelderen, Executive Director, Axxa Pharma

UDI Update: FDA's Mandate for Improved Device Management and Patient Safety

Tracking and tracing the path of medical devices from manufacture and distribution to the point of use and, ultimately, the end of a product's life cycle—including possible recalls—has broad implications within today's health-care community. The FDA's Unique Device Identification (UDI) Rule will establish a single device-identification system that is consistent, unambiguous, standardized and globally harmonized. All medical device manufacturers will be required to comply with the new UDI methodology. In this session, learn how a UDI system will provide for the early detection of defective devices, as well as facilitate device recalls, in order to enhance patient safety and reduce medical errors.

• Jay Crowley, Senior Advisor for Patient Safety, Center for Devices and Radiological Health , FDA

How to Track Assets and Monitor Usage With RFID

Genesis Health System deployed an RFID solution that allows it to locate rented pumps and return them on time, as well as know where the hospital's own pumps are located. The system provides detailed reports based on equipment movement and usage. In this session, hear how the time spent locating missing equipment has been reduced from 22 minutes to a maximum of 2 minutes searching via computer.

• Steve Montgomery, Supervisor of Logistics, Genesis Health System

What You Need to Know About Different RFID Systems

Not all RFID solutions are alike. It's important to understand the various technologies involved—active, passive, real-time locating systems (RTLS) and so forth—and how each performs in the real world in various types of business applications. In this video, we discuss the different technological scenarios for such applications, and identify which technologies can be better suited to support your initiative.

• Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Asset Optimization—Maximizing the Value of Your Assets With Real-world Visibility

In today's economic environment, businesses are under constant pressure to deliver high-quality products and services more quickly, while reducing costs. These firms need to increase flexibility to respond to market conditions, ensure regulatory compliance and manage the proliferation of mobile, high-value assets. To meet these challenges, companies must maximize the value of their mission-critical assets—they need real-time visibility. This webinar reveals how sensor-based systems, using a combination of software, RFID and ultrasound technologies, can track and monitor assets and individuals to help businesses enhance processes and improve asset utilization. You will also hear how Saint Michael's Medical Center, in Newark, N.J., is utilizing RFID technologies to realize benefits in shipping and receiving efficiency, as well as for patient identification, error reduction at the point of care, medications management and employee tracking.

• Greg Knowles, Product Manager, Industry Solutions Software, IBM
• Maria Agostinho, Director, Biomedical Engineering, Saint Michaels
Medical Center (a member of Catholic Health East)

Equipment Optimization and Workflow Outcomes for RTLS Initiatives in Health Care

In this session, Jeff Cochran, regional VP of Awarepoint, one of the leading provider of real-time location systems for hospitals, explains how RTLS technology can be used to improve processes, workflow and asset-utilization rates.

• Jeff Cochran, Regional VP, Awarepoint

Nursing Facility Adopts RFID for Memory-Impaired Residents

TLC Care Center, a rehabilitation therapy and long-term nursing facility, is providing RFID-enabled bracelets to residents of its new memory wing, which houses patients with advanced forms of dementia. The wristbands are outfitted with active RFID tags that trigger alerts and lock doors if a resident approaches an exit to ensure residents do not exit the wing. Hear how the system was set up to protect dementia patients, and how it is performing in the real world. Only the audio of this session was captured.

• Al Arzola, Facility Manager, TLC Care Center

Ohio State University Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Assets Across 40 Building Campuses

The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) currently has 2,500 asset tags and 60 temperature tags in use that provide location and temperature information anywhere within its 5 million square feet of wireless coverage. In this session, hear about the 802.11 wireless network design considerations that positioned the organization to leverage the comprehensive wireless network for a real-time location system (RTLS). In addition, gain an understanding of the enterprise architectural approach and business-case alignment employed to garner support across the organization for 802.11 RFID technology.

• Chad Neal, Director of Technology, Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC)

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