Sessions

Nov. 20 8:30 AM

Morning Coffee

Nov. 20 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Nov. 20 9:15 AM

Wake Forest Baptist Expands RFID RTLS to Increase Benefits

As part of a five-year initiative, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has deployed a real-time location system infrastructure designed to meet the needs of current use cases (asset management, temperature monitoring, blood bank supply monitoring, patient flow, staff duress, staff assistance nurse call, queue management and more), as well as future uses, to include extended patient workflow in the operating room, in the emergency department and across the enterprise. The RTLS infrastructure is deployed in all clinical areas of the fully integrated academic medical facility, along with all ancillary support function areas that are part of the patient-flow process. This accounts for approximately 1,000 beds and 4 million square feet of RTLS coverage, in more than 8 multi-story buildings on the main campus. Learn how the firm continues to execute against this five-year initiative, and how the use of RTLS technology has moved well beyond tracking mobile medical assets.
Speaker: Mark Rheault, Director of Enterprise Visibility, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
General Session
Nov. 20 10:00 AM

Revolutionizing the Supply Chain and Transforming Health Care in the Process

A tidal wave of change is coming to the health-care supply chain. Fueled by the growth of RFID technology, Cardinal Health's logistics and precision inventory-management solutions offer dramatically increased efficiency and cost savings, which cascade across entire health-care systems. Advances in data-capture and analytics have enabled the growth of networked supply chains spanning from the manufacturing line to patient-side point of use. The use of RFID technology is now linking producers, purchasers and distributors end to end, across the entire supply chain. This allows manufacturers to view real-time inventory and consumption data, prompting earlier demand signals and greatly reducing product expiration challenges. Utilizing RFID technology, hospitals are better equipped to manage their high-cost products without burdening clinical staff with tedious supply chain responsibilities. The RFID revolution is increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving the patient experience. Learn how to prepare your supply chain for success today.
Speaker: Jean-Claude Saghbini, General Manager, Inventory Management Solutions, Cardinal Health Inventory Management Solutions
Nov. 20 10:45 AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Area

Nov. 20 11:15 AM

Increasing Safety With RFID

Ohio's Light of Hearts Villa has deployed a real-time location system to better identify residents in need of services. The assisted-living facility provides a residential living environment for more than 75 senior citizens, and one of its main priorities is to ensure the ongoing safety of its elderly residents. Each resident wears a wireless tag on a lanyard, enabling him or her to call for help from anywhere within the facility. Employees can view system data from computers at nursing stations, and receive alerts via text messages on their mobile devices. All system activity is captured in a database, and a variety of reports can be generated to measure performance, as well as analyze residents' changing needs. Learn how the wireless alert system is providing the facility with a modern method for helping ensure residents' safety and comfort, as well as improving the nursing staff's performance by establishing timeframes for measuring response times.
Speaker: Elizabeth J. Hickle, MPA, LNHA, CDP, Executive Director, Light of Hearts Villa
Nov. 20 12:00 PM

Hospital Improves Hand-Hygiene Compliance With RFID

A trial of RFID-enabled hand-washing stations has allowed supervisors at OhioHealth's Riverside Methodist Hospital to view usage and take steps to promote compliance, while personnel can view their own performance and that of their colleagues. The system enables nurse managers to identify whether or not a particular worker has complied with hand-hygiene requirements. To encourage compliance, the hospital posted a list of the rates at which health-care personnel washed their hands as expected, along with the unique ID number of each staff member's RFID badge, enabling workers to compare their own compliance rates against those of their colleagues. Learn how the firm realized a compliance rate of approximately 94 percent, which contrasts favorably with the national average of only 50 percent.
Speaker: David Rutherford, RN MSN CCRN, Nurse Manager, Riverside Methodist Hospital
Nov. 20 12:45 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Area

Nov. 20 2:15 PM

RFID 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, ultrasound technology, infrared and 900mhz active systems. In this session, leading technology experts will discuss some of the key issues health-care providers need to understand when making technology choices.
Moderator: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Panelists:
Nov. 20 3:00 PM

Hospital 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 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).
Speaker: Terry J. Broussard, RN, BSN, MPA, VP of Support Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
Nov. 20 3:45 PM

Networking Break in Exhibit Area

Nov. 20 4:00 PM

Improving Efficiencies in the Supply Room With RFID

The University of Chicago Medicine's Center for Care and Discovery is using an RFID-enabled kanban card system to effectively track inventory within its more than 100 supply rooms. The system allows the hospital to store just the amount required for a few days, and to reorder fresh supplies when necessary. Items are placed into plastic bins that are organized in the room by product categories. Each bin is divided into two sections that hold sufficient supplies for two days. When one side runs out, a clinician removes a colored kanban card with an embedded RFID tag from a slot on the front of the bin, printed with information regarding the number of items to reorder. When someone drops the card into the box, a scanner reads it and places the order automatically. This eliminates the need to physically check order status in each of the more than 100 supply rooms, and to enter data into the computer, thereby saving time and potential errors. Learn how the system has reduced costs by lowering the amount of inventory on hand, and how it has minimized waste from expired supplies that must be discarded.
Speaker: Michael Hopkins, Director of Supply Chain Operations and Logistics, University of Chicago Medical Center
Nov. 20 4:45 PM

Using RFID to Optimize Medical Device Inventories

Cardiac medical devices used in cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs are extremely expensive and complex. Some single-use disposable equipment, such as heart pumps, can cost more than $25,000 each. Hospitals with a busy cardiology service line will typically maintain cardiac device inventories valued at many millions of dollars. Learn how an RFID-enabled inventory-management solution can track and manage cardiac devices. Most hospitals rely on clinical staff members to manually track inventory, which is usually not as effective as an RFID system. Find out how to use a real-time inventory-management system to optimize inventory levels and better manage consignment stock, expired products and recall notifications via RFID.
Speaker: Halsey Bagg, Health Systems Engineer, Consultant
Nov. 20 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Nov. 20 5:35 PM

Conference Concludes