RFID in Health Care 2012
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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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September 6, 2012

8:30 AMCoffee Served on Exhibit Floor
9:00 AMOpening Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:15 AMImproving Efficiency With RTLS

Celebration Health, a Florida Hospital facility, is employing a real-time locating system (RTLS) to measure the operational efficiency of its new patient tower, which opened in mid-August 2011. At the tower, nurses wear RTLS badges enabling the hospital to gather and analyze data regarding staff members' movements, in order to ascertain how the unit could be more efficient. The system utilizes the facility's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, with tags that transmit data to the Wi-Fi nodes, and software that manages the information related to RTLS reads. The firm is using its own business-management software, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, to evaluate the data and determine what it means for staff efficiency, and how it could be improved. Learn how the solution allows management to view, for example, when employees take extra steps, enabling the hospital to improve procedures based on those findings.

Ashley Simmons, Operations Performance Improvement Consultant, Florida Hospital
• Why the system is not linked to specific employees
• How the hospital is using the data to determine what motion is useful and valuable, as well as identify motion or activity that reduces efficiency
10:00 AMClinic Gains Efficiency, Safety With RFID

The University of California, San Diego's Moores Cancer Center is employing EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to track the amount of time that each patient awaits radiation treatment, and to verify that the correct equipment is being employed. The facility treats approximately 100 patients daily, using one internal and four external radiation machines. In addition to requiring efficiency, the clinic must also ensure that the proper equipment is utilized with each patient, in order to properly immobilize the correct body part prior to radiation. A solution was installed that enables the cancer center to track the locations of tagged individuals and equipment throughout its two buildings.

Todd Pawlicki, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences, University of California, San Diego
• How UC San Diego overcame adoption issues and introduced the system to patients and employees
• How the use of RFID maintains efficiency and helps the clinic to identify workflow procedures
10:45 AMNetworking Break
11:15 AMIncreasing 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
12:00 PMImproving Quality of Veteran Care and Operational Efficiency With RTLS

The Veterans Administration's Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) 11, serving veterans in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, is currently implementing a real-time location system (RTLS) at seven VA Medical Centers. Specific goals for the RTLS deployment at VISN 11 include decreasing operational costs, maximizing equipment utilization, minimizing lost and misplaced items, increasing clinical efficiencies and staff productivity, improving staff satisfaction, and reducing delays in patient care—all resulting in increased health-care efficiency and improved quality of veteran care. To help achieve these goals, VISN 11 selected four initial RTLS use cases: asset management, automated temperature and humidity monitoring, asset tracking in the cardiac catheterization lab, and sterilization processing and decontamination (SPD) workflow. Learn how VISN 11 is already meeting some of these goals, with its first implementation in Ann Arbor.

Michael McDonald, VA VISN 11 Biomedical Engineer POC, Veterans in Partnership (VISN11) Healthcare Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
12:45 PMLunch Break
2:15 PMBest Practices and Lessons Learned for Getting the Most Out of Your RFID Implementation

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) currently has more than 6,000 asset tags and 100 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 lessons learned and best practices derived five years into the program. Beyond basic asset tracking, OSUWMC is working to get the most out of the location information being collected.

Chad Neal, Director of Technology, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC)
• Design and operational best practices to support RFID over 802.11
• Value and ROI for RFID beyond basic asset location
• Business requirements and taking temperature monitoring to the next level
3:00 PMRFID Helps Massachusetts General Hospital Fully Automate Supply Management

In 2007, the Imaging Department at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) began investigating the impact that an RFID-enabled supply-tracking system could have within its organization. In 2008, MGH implemented RFID at two labs located within its Interventional Radiology Division, achieving a 20 percent increase, or $60,000, in monthly charge capture. This amount was previously lost, despite the use of a well-established, automated bar-code system. The increased charge capture provided a return on investment four times the cost of deploying the technology. Ultimately, the solution was deployed in order to create a fully automated supply chain, from product consumption through charge capture to automated reorder. Learn how MGH has expanded its RFID adoption into several major clinical areas, and how the firm built its internal business case.

Robert M. Sheridan, Director, Interventional Radiology, Department of Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital
• The benefits of using RFID to enable high-value supply tracking
• Utilizing RFID for the automated reordering of supplies
• Identifying opportunities to leverage the technology throughout the facility
3:45 PMNetworking Break
4:15 PMRFID 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 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
5:00 PMVein-to-Vein Implementation of HF RFID in Blood Collection Via 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. 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, including the results of a live pilot test involving approximately 12,000 donations, as well as details regarding a pilot carried out at the University of Iowa Health Center.

Clive P. Hohberger, Ph.D, RFID Systems Architect, BloodCenter of Wisconsin
• How the use of RFID can result in a 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
5:45 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
5:50 PMConference Concludes

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