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RFID in Health Care

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Academia RFID

Hospitals across the world are achieving real benefits from employing RFID technology to:

• Improve patient monitoring and safety
• Increase asset utilization with real-time tracking
• Enhance supply chain efficiencies
• Boost revenue with automated billing
• Manage inventory more efficiently
• Reduce medical errors using track-and-match applications

This one-day preconference seminar will introduce participants to RFID applications in health care. Presenters will explain the business case, ROI and impact of RFID in the health-care environment. Learn how to cut costs and improve patient outcomes.

Seminar presented by Ygal Bendavid, Ph.D., ePoly Center of Expertise in Electronic Commerce, and Canadian Research Chair in Technology Project Management
The seminar will be presented by Ygal Bendavid, Ph.D., a researcher at the ePoly Center of Expertise in Electronic Commerce, and at the Canadian Research Chair in Technology Project Management. A co-founder and academic director of Academia RFID, Dr. Bendavid teaches at several institutions, including the École Polytechnique de Montréal, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Université de Sherbrooke. He has been invited as a guest speaker for many international conferences on technology management and innovation, and holds a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering (management of technology). Dr. Bendavid is CompTIA RFID+ certified.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information on specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through All Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

 • How RFID helped St. Elizabeth's to maintain optimum inventory levels and track bulk purchases
• How to use RFID to improve workflow for front-line staff in a hospital setting

April 27, 2009

10:30 am

RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems. The need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session also includes a very brief overview of the EPCglobal Network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of RFID and EPC, including the latest EPC generation 2 standard, will be presented.

11:30 am

What You Need to Know About Different RFID Systems in Health Care
Not all RFID systems are alike. It's important to understand the various technologies—active, passive, real-time locating systems (RTLS) and so forth—and how they perform in the real world in various health-care applications. In this session, learn how to classify RFID-enabled applications in health care, and how to identify which technology is best suited to support your initiative. The presenter will discuss different technological scenarios for each application.

12:15 pm

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 it 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 come with 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. Elizabeth's 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
• How RFID helped St. Elizabeth's to maintain optimum inventory levels and track bulk purchases
• How to use RFID to improve workflow for front-line staff in a hospital setting

1:00 pm


1:45 pm

Tallahassee Memorial HeathCare Tracks Assets
Tallahassee Memorial HeathCare began using RFID as a means of tracking assets several years ago. In this session, hear how the company employs RFID asset tags to provide increased supply chain efficiency and an improved return on investment. The session will also include a look into its future plans, and how it anticipates utilizing RFID technology in the future.

Jay Adams, IT Enterprise Architect, Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

2:15 pm

RFID Applications in Health Care
Learn how various RFID technologies are being used in health care and how they are helping to solve business issues common to many health-care providers. This session will cover asset and maintenance management, supply chain management, condition monitoring, security and access control, workflow management, and patient and staff safety. Various cases will be presented and supported with examples from real-world hospital deployments.

2:45 pm

Live Demos of RFID Applications in Health Care
Theory is nice, but wait until you experience RFID in action and see its potential—as well as the potential challenges you might encounter. For each application, a live demonstration will be given, enabling participants to envision how an RFID solution would operate within their facility. Entering into the systems will allow participants to understand the real potential behind the solutions.

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Developing an RFID Business Case and Getting Your RFID Project Started
This session will present a proven methodology used to discover problems and opportunities that can be addressed with RFID, which has the potential to improve efficiencies and reduce costs, as well as transform a health-care institution. Find out how to quantify and justify the investment, both qualitatively and quantifiably; identify the possible pitfalls and critical factors that will determine the success of your RFID initiative; and gain useful resources necessary to move forward toward adoption.

RFID Journal LIVE! 2009 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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