RFID in Health Care 2013
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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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December 4, 2013

8:30 AMWelcome Coffee
9:00 AMOpening Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:15 AMOur Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center Expands RTLS Usage Beyond Asset Management

The Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, a 420,000-square-foot hospital that houses 186 beds, employs 1,200 workers and is part of the Louisiana-based Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, recently expanded its use of a real-time location system (RTLS) by adding RTLS staff badges. By tracking both employees and equipment, the facility has improved its ability to manage equipment, locate and contact staff members, and understand how and when it serves patients. Learn how the asset-management solution enables the facility to easily conduct asset recalls, issue alerts in the event that items are discovered missing from a specific area, locate crash carts and other equipment, and know when assets on those carts are due to expire. In addition, hear how the system can track staff responsiveness (by identifying employees' locations) and send messages to personnel via a bedside nurse-call system (by knowing in which room each worker is located).

Terry J. Broussard, RN, BSN, MPA, VP of Support Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
• How data collected about tags and badges will be managed on a centralized database, allowing the firm to better manage the locations of assets or personnel moving throughout each facility, as well as from one site to another
• Future plans to expand the program, including deploying the technology at a third hospital
10:00 AMIncreasing Patient Safety and Nurse Work Efficiency Via RFID

A 270-bed hospital in Tokyo, Japan, has implemented an intelligent nursing information system using handheld terminals with bar-code and RFID capabilities. This terminal facilitates the real-time confirmation and updating of patient information stored in the hospital's electronic medical record (EMR) system. One of the most important aspects of phase one of this project is injection safety. At a patient's bedside, immediately prior to injection, drugs are compared with the latest prescription information stored in the EMR, by simply reading the bar codes on the drugs and the RFID tag on the patient's wristband. This system is connected with an injection drug inventory and traceability solution that reflects injection drug picking and mixing data, also entered via the handhelds. Learn how RFID promotes patient safety while reducing drug inventory shrinkage. And hear how the system will be expanded to include medical equipment control by RFID during the implementation's second phase.

Akira Nakamura, General Manager, Sanraku Hospital
• The benefits of using RFID to improve care without disturbing the patient
• How to assure patient safety with real-time medication confirmation
• How to improve nurse work efficiency by automating routine work using a single smart terminal platform
10:45 AMNetworking Break
11:15 AMReducing Costs With RFID at Concord Hospital

New Hampshire's Concord Hospital put in place a low-unit-of-measure (LUM) program to automate its supply chain with RFID-enabled management-automation solutions for general and high-value supplies. Taking a case-study approach, this presentation will discuss the transformation process that occurred at the firm, and will outline specific improvements achieved through the implementation of the RFID-based automated system. Learn how Concord Hospital used RFID to realign staff duties, reduce the instances of expired and damaged supplies, and decrease carrying and operating costs.

Jodi Panzini, Director, Health Information Management, Concord Hospital
• Key aspects to consider when implementing an RFID supply chain management system
• Key supply chain processes, and how they can be positively impacted by RFID automation
12:00 PMImproving Patient Outcomes and ROI With RFID at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital

In September 2012, the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance (Texas Health Alliance), in Fort Worth, Texas, opened its doors with a vision for using real-time location system (RTLS) technology throughout the organization. One of Texas Health Alliance's sister hospitals had been using a similar solution, and Texas Health Alliance's parent company, Texas Health Resources, opted to install a similar, but expanded RTLS solution at the Fort Worth site. Coupled with innovative operational models, the RTLS was integrated with other hospital systems in order to maximize technology capabilities. The hospital has 58 inpatient beds, 15 rooms in the emergency department, and various other outpatient services, including an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). One of the solution's greatest benefits is that it helps caregivers locate and allocate assets quickly, thereby enabling them to spend more time serving patients. In addition, the patient-locating function makes it possible to automate the discharge process, as well as find patients for friends and family, while the personnel-locating capability enables the system to identify which staff members have been within the vicinity of an infectious patient, as well as utilizing location data to automate communications important to patient care. Learn how the system is being used to optimize equipment utilization, automate non-value-added tasks, and improve the patient experience.

Kathi Cox, Project Consultant, Texas Health Resources
Winjie Tang Miao, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, Texas Health Resources
• How the RTLS has generated an ROI and improved outcomes for the facility
• How to maximize the benefits of using Gen 2 IR asset tags to track assets, patients and team members, resulting in improved patient and staff safety, as well as resource efficiency
12:45 PMLunch Break
2:15 PMCalculating 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
3:00 PMWake Forest Baptist Improves Efficiency and Reduces Costs By Building Its Own RFID Solution for Radiology Vest Inspection

Locating X-ray protection vests for inspections and maintenance was a time-consuming task at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center before the facility implemented a solution consisting of passive UHF RFID tags, a handheld reader and software to manage each vest's location and inspection data. The system, which can read a tag sewn into a radiology vest, was developed by the hospital's management team to improve efficiency related to monitoring more than 850 vests' inspection status and location. The Joint Commission mandates the annual inspection of the vests, and prior to the solution's implementation, members of the radiology staff had to look through their histories on a spreadsheet before attempting to locate each one by walking through as many as 30 or 40 storage locations. Since installing the system in January 2013, the facility has saved the department considerable time previously spent locating and inspecting vests, while also lowering labor costs.

Stuart Grogan, Radiology Equipment Manager, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
• How the system provides an accurate digital record of each vest that can then be presented to The Joint Commission's inspectors
• The ability to expand the technology's use, including within clinical equipment requiring frequent calibration
3:45 PMNetworking Break
4:00 PMRFID Improves Management of Emergency Medicine Kits

The pharmacy department of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a 750-bed hospital located in Baltimore, is employing an RFID-based solution to aid in the stocking of medication kits transported around the hospital for use with patients in the event of emergencies. Emergency medications are used for patients who require immediate intervention. Each kit comes with approximately 25 to 50 items, and is sealed until one of those supplies is required, at which time the kit's plastic covering is removed and the necessary items are taken out. Once the kit is no longer needed, it is then returned to the pharmacy, where staff members must determine what has been removed, and thus what must be replaced. Through the use of an RFID reader station, the facility is able to identify which medications are loaded onto a crash cart's tray, which require replenishment, and those approaching their expiration dates. As an added benefit, the facility has reduced the amount of time employees must spend loading each emergency medication tray, from approximately 20 minutes down to less than 5 minutes. Learn how the system automates the process, and how it is successfully reducing the risk of manual errors as trays are loaded.

Adrienne Shepardson Phar.D., Manager, Central Pharmacy Services, University of MD Medical Center, Department of Pharmacy
• How the use of RFID reduced labor costs, since the manual system required two workers to check every kit for errors
• How the solution has afforded the facility a better understanding of the hospital's inventory
4:45 PMPlanning for a Mixed-Pedigree Environment

Although the latest federal legislature addressing drug serialization and pedigree initially calls for lot-level tracing, a number of companies in the pharmaceutical supply chain have indicated that they will continue with their current efforts toward item-level tracing. As a result, the industry may find itself in a mixed-data environment for some time. This session will focus on how this environment may look, how it might impact your company, the standards that will help companies manage lot- and item-level tracing, and the eventual transition to item-tracing.

Bob Celeste, Pharmaceutical Sector Lead, GS1 US
5:30 PMClosing Remarks
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
5:35 PMConference Concludes

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