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RFID in Health Care

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Hospitals worldwide 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.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding 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 an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

April 14, 2010

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a 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 technologies, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

11:30 AM

Potential Optimizations of Workflow Processes and Resources Through the Focused Deployment of Enabling Technologies
Growing technological complexity within the patient-care environment, coupled with increased workloads and reduced staffing, has created difficulties and discontinuities in the management of patient information and the overall care environment. These issues have directly impacted and contributed to a rise in equipment-related errors, patient dissatisfaction and a potential for patient injury, and have resulted in an overall increase in concern for patient safety. Many hospitals have augmented their traditional operational and business models to expand their role in developing enhanced clinical applications, capitalizing on new enabling technologies providing added accuracy and efficiency to their operational processes. One of the most promising technologies is RFID, and its role in real-time location services. Integrating RTLS and RFID information with inventory applications and processes has the potential to enable better utilization of devices and reduce capital expenditures. Integrating RFID with workflow processes provides metrics to enhance the complex utilization of staff resources, which can be focused on optimizing the patient-care process, along with patient safety and satisfaction.

Paul Frisch, PhD., Assistant Attending and Clinical Member, Department of Medical Physics and Chief of Biomedical Physics & Engineering, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

12:15 PM

Essentials of Deploying RFID in Your Health-Care Setting
In this interactive session, individuals will hear open discourse into establishing key stakeholders for deployment, knowledge regarding evaluation of current wireless technologies, and the benefits of beginning the process in health-care settings. A panel of experts, including clinical end users, health-care administration and health-care technological representation, will discuss specific topics, as well as answer questions from audience members.

Debra Braun, CEO, Clinical Inservices Solutions, LLC
Paul Frisch, PhD., Assistant Attending and Clinical Member, Department of Medical Physics and Chief of Biomedical Physics & Engineering, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Robert S. Parker, VP for Support Operations and Community Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
David Parry, Senior Lecturer and Director, AUT Radio Frequency Identification Laboratory, AUT School of Computer and Information Sciences
Troy Reiff, RN, COO, St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital

1:00 PM

Working Lunch-Leveraging Real-time Location in Health Care: Practical Applications
Hospitals face unprecedented financial pressures these days—investment declines, rising expenses, lower patient volumes, increased competition and more—which challenge their ability to provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients within their communities. At the same time, pending legislation is expected to drive millions of formerly uninsured consumers into the health-care system. And in the next decade, millions of aging Baby Boomers will join the Medicare rolls. So paradoxically, in this era of tightened finances, medical centers must prepare to increase—not reduce—capacity. Hospitals can leverage RTLS/RFID technologies to wring efficiency out of existing resources and create capacity. Automated asset-, patient- and bed-management systems provide solutions to increase efficiency and unlock capacity. In this session, learn how Trident Health System has applied a comprehensive approach combining technology and process enhancements to improve patient flow and asset management.

Sherry Washington, RN, Director of Support Services and Patient Flow, Trident Health System

1:45 PM

Optimizing Inventory Management in an Acute-Care Setting
St. Joseph's Hospital, a 410-bed facility located in Atlanta, Ga., is deploying RFID technology to track and locate its specialty equipment, as well as track physician preference solutions. The system is being used to track more than 3,500 products valued at $2 million in its cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology EP labs. In this session, hear how the system is able to interface with several hospital information systems already in use at St. Joseph's, employing high-frequency (HF) 12.56 MHz passive RFID tags conforming to the ISO 15693 standard, as well as bar codes, to link items to a digital database, where they can then be tracked and monitored.  In addition, learn how the system enables the hospital to quickly generate a report of expiring products, allowing the facility to circulate to the labs for immediate removal, thereby contributing to the highest level of patient safety.

Lisa Stepps, Data Manager, Cardiovascular Services, St. Joseph's Hospital
• How improved accuracy of information in an automated manner provides immediate opportunities for savings on labor
• The importance of selecting a system that interfaces with existing hospital information systems, thus saving employees time and eliminating manual keystroke errors

2:30 PM

Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Vaccines, Hand Hygiene and Assets
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC), a 4.1-million-square-foot hospital, is deploying hybrid infrared-RFID technology to monitor vaccine temperatures within its 300 refrigerators and freezers. In March 2009, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established a new guideline recommending that hospitals track the temperatures of vaccines twice daily—a labor-intensive task. For that reason, WFUBMC installed temperature-sensing tags in refrigerators, and also attached asset-tracking tags to mobile equipment. In this session, hear how the 1,056-bed facility is also tracking hand hygiene compliance.

Robert S. Parker, VP for Support Operations and Community Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
• Using RFID to improve vaccine refrigeration records by enabling a facility to monitor temperatures automatically instead of manually
• Future expansion plans, including tracking assets, patients, employees and hand hygiene

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

UDI Update: FDA's Mandate for Improved Device Management and Patient Safety
Tracking and tracing the path of medical devices from manufacture and distribution to the point of use and, ultimately, the end of the product's life cycle—including possible recalls—has broad implications within today's health-care community. The FDA's Unique Device Identification (UDI) Rule will establish a single device-identification system that is consistent, unambiguous, standardized and globally harmonized. All medical device manufacturers will be required to comply with the new UDI methodology. In this session, learn how a UDI system will provide for the early detection of defective devices, as well as facilitate device recalls, in order to enhance patient safety and reduce medical errors.

Jay Crowley, Senior Advisor for Patient Safety, Center for Devices and Radiological Health , FDA
• How device manufacturers, health-care providers and patients are affected by the establishment of a UDI system 
• The need for the creation and maintenance of a UDI database

4:15 PM

Preconference Seminar Ends

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