Health-care and pharmaceutical companies are achieving real benefits from employing radio frequency identification. In the health-care field, hospitals and other medical facilities are employing RFID to improve patient safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing and reduce medical errors using track-and-match applications. Learn how RFID is impacting ROI in the health-care environment, while also improving efficiencies.
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May 10 › 11:00 AM
Medical Center Uses Beacons to Track Naloxone
The University of Massachusetts (UMass) Memorial Medical Center is attaching Bluetooth beacons to packages of Naxolone to determine whether patients discard the medication before leaving the premises, and to gauge their willingness to have the medicine tracked. The medication, also known by the brand name Narcan, is covered by most insurance plans, but doctors have no way of knowing with certainty how far the medication goes with patients on their way home. In some cases, patients may not be convinced they'll need it, and thus discard the drug before leaving the hospital. Learn how the organization plans to attach the BLE beacons to medication cartons, and to install the BLE gateway devices for capturing beacon transmissions at the hospital's exit, at a roundabout where cars pass and at the facility's bus stop.
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Lai, Fellow in Medical Toxicology, University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center
May 10 › 11:50 AM
Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
May 10 › 12:30 PM
Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall
May 10 › 3:00 PM
Michigan Medicine Gains Efficiency, Improves Asset Visibility With RFID
Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan Health System), a 1,000 bed facility, is employing an RFID-based system to track durable medical equipment. The Materiel Services Patient Equipment Department manages over 12,000 pieces of durable medical equipment and is implementing an active RFID system to facilitate the process. Learn how the Materiel Services team expects to have over 7,000 assets tagged this year and how the technology is being used in areas as diverse as soiled equipment rooms and docks.
May 10 › 3:50 PM
Hospital Uses RFID to Prevent Infant Abductions
Conway Regional Health System, a 154-bed acute-care medical center that serves the growing communities of North Central Arkansas, is using a real-time location solution to monitor the whereabouts of infants and young children within the facility. Tags are applied to a newborn's lower leg using a stretchable leg band with a Velcro strip shortly after birth, and the tag is immediately activated by heat from the baby's body. If a tag is tampered with—for example, if it is removed without being deactivated—an alarm is sounded to alert personnel on the unit to assess the infant and tag and address the problem as needed and if an infant and tag come in the vicinity of an elevator or exit on the unit the infant security system alarms and the exit automatically locks. Learn how their system is vital to the continued operation of the unit caring for infant and pediatric patients.
Speaker: Mary Salazar MNSc, APRN, RNC-MNN, WHNP-BC, Director of Women’s & Infants’ Services, Conway Regional Health System
May 10 › 4:40 PM
Beacons, App Help Patients, Employees Navigate Huge Clinic
The National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC), located in Bethesda, Md., has launched an app that leverages data from beacons to guide patients and personnel around a 3-million-square-foot building. Every day, thousands of patients, physicians and researchers travel throughout the miles of hallways crisscrossing the NIHCC. The clinical center is using a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based app to help those individuals navigate the large facility. Learn how the app could be expanded to enable a user to designate whether he or she is a patient, visitor or staff member seeking directions. With such functionality, the app could then present content relevant to that person's needs.
Speaker: Eric Cole, Office of Administrative Management, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center
May 11 › 9:00 AM
Improving Patient Safety With Wearable Sensors
The population of the United States is aging. Based on the latest predictions by the Administration of Aging (AoA), by 2020 there will be approximately 55 million people in the country aged 65 or older, which is almost double its value in 1990. A recent study by CDC found out that among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. As mobile and personal health devices gain in popularity, increasing amounts of data are collected via embedded sensors, such as heart-rate monitors and accelerometers. Hear how artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used to detect falls, by analyzing real data obtained from digital wireless wristbands used at health-care facilities. In addition to detecting falls, the same information can be used to recognize different forms of human motion to ultimately create a better predictor of fall possibility. Results show a significant improvement in motion-recognition rate, while overall accuracy involving seven selected activity classes is greater than 90 percent, compared to the most recent literature at 54 percent.
Speaker: Dr. Ismail Uysal, Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
May 11 › 9:45 AM
Wayne HealthCare Uses RFID to Enhance Patient Satisfaction
Wayne HealthCare, a 100-bed hospital, is employing radio frequency identification to lower the cost of managing IT assets and improve patient services. After successfully deploying an RFID asset-management solution that achieved an ROI within a year, the facility implemented an RFID patient-tracking system the following year. Learn how Wayne HealthCare is using the technology to effectively communicate with patients and their families, by providing frequent updates regarding their surgical status, without making changes to existing surgical processes.
Speaker: Shelton Monger, Chief Information Officer, Corporate Compliance Officer, Wayne HealthCare
May 11 › 10:30 AM
Award Finalists Session: Best Health-Care Implementation
This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its health-care operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are: