RFID in Health Care
In this track, leading health-care providers and early adopters will share real-world case studies revealing the business benefits of radio frequency identification. Learn how hospitals and health-care organizations are using the technology to improve patient monitoring and safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing, reduce medical errors by tracking medical devices and enhance supply chain efficiencies.
How to Choose the Right RFID System:
A Step-By-Step Guide for Providers of Health Care
This $395 value is FREE when you attend the RFID in Health Care preconference seminar!
Health-care providers around the world are seeking to use RFID technologies to track mobile medical equipment, assets, patients, lab samples and much more. Choosing the right RFID system for each application and environment can be a challenge. This report walks decision-makers through the process of selecting the best technology options available to meet their goals. It includes an evaluation of the features and capabilities of the various real-time location systems used in hospitals.
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 12, 2011
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
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together
Nursing Facility Adopts RFID for Memory-Impaired Residents
TLC Care Center, a rehabilitation therapy and long-term nursing facility, is providing RFID-enabled bracelets to residents of its new memory wing, which houses patients with advanced forms of dementia. The wristbands are outfitted with active RFID tags that trigger alerts and lock doors if a resident approaches an exit to ensure residents do not exit the wing. Hear how the system was set up to protect dementia patients, and how it is performing in the real world.
Al Arzola, Facility Manager, TLC Care Center
• How to minimize false alarms as a growing number of patients are tagged and tracked
• How to set up a solution that is reliable but non-intrusive
Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $150,000
Mission Hospital, a 552-bed facility with two campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, Calif., is employing a hybrid infrared (IR) and RFID system to track the location, cleaning and maintenance of its moveable medical equipment. Following the system's installation, the equipment utility rate for tagged items rose by 7 percent. The rate of lost or stolen devices dropped from 13.8 percent to zero, resulting in an annual savings of $150,000 to $200,000 worth of equipment that had been lost each year prior to the system being installed. The firm deployed RFID access points throughout the facility—providing 100 percent coverage in the building's public sections—and attached tags to mobile assets of high value. In this session, learn how Mission Hospital is using the system to better manage its moveable medical equipment, perform periodic maintenance of its assets more efficiently, assure Joint Commission compliance and reduce equipment loss.
Michael Kohler, Director of Material Management, Mission HospitalMission Viejo and Laguna Beach
• The use of an alerting system to provide notification that an activity of concern is taking place, by alerting security via text message and e-mail
• How the solution has enabled nurses to locate equipment more readily, and thus have greater work satisfaction since the tools they need for treating patients can be easily accessed
Working Lunch: Equipment Optimization and Workflow Outcomes for RTLS Initiatives in Health Care
Real-time location solutions solve process problems common to many hospitals, and a phased approach will take RTLS from enterprise asset tracking through departmental applications, enterprise workflows, and ultimately system-wide business-intelligence solutions. As asset tracking is increasingly scaling to include patient tracking, the next center of attention is enterprise patient flow, particularly in the OR and ED. This session will focus on reducing length of stay, walkouts and diversions to other hospitals. A significant ROI has already been proven for hospitals using these solutions.
Equipment utilization identified process inefficiencies that required excess equipment and resulted in savings of $450,000 in the first year of installation at UCSD Medical Center. The results highlight very measurable outcomes, but are only suggestive of the overall benefits. Following departmental integrations and enterprise workflow, implementation will focus on the hospital's other goals (EMR/clinical and ERP/financial.) The most significant benefits will ultimately be found in the impact on larger clinical-care workflows, not only saving staff time, but also improving safety, outcomes and overall patient satisfaction.
Jeff Cochran, Regional VP, Awarepoint
Nyack Hospital Improves Medication Compliance With RFID
When patients are released from Nyack Hospital, they are typically given one or more drug prescriptions that they must then fill and keep track of on their own. If a patient fails to take the medications as prescribed, he or she may end up back in the hospital. The medical center is addressing that problem with an automated solution that utilizes a mobile phone with an RFID interrogator, as well as tags attached to medication bottles, and a Web-based server that remotely manages an individual's prescription regimen. In this session, hear how patients are provided with an RFID-enabled mobile phone that connects to the Web-based server. The patient also receives a package of RFID labels with the name of a prescription drug printed on the front. Each label's embedded tag is encoded with an encrypted unique ID number corresponding with information the hospital has provided regarding that patient.
Joseph Pinto, Director of Pharmacy, Nyack Hospital
• How RFID is being used to meet the goal of fewer discharged patients returning due to not having adhered to their prescribed medication regimen
• How the system can help Nyack Hospital comply with the Healthcare Reform
Ohio State University Medical Center Uses RTLS to Track Assets Across 40 Building Campuses
The Ohio State University Medical Center (OSUMC) currently has 2,500 asset tags and 60 temperature tags in use that provide location and temperature information anywhere within its 5 million square feet of wireless coverage. In this session, hear about the 802.11 wireless network design considerations that positioned the organization to leverage the comprehensive wireless network for a real-time location system (RTLS). In addition, gain an understanding of the enterprise architectural approach and business-case alignment employed to garner support across the organization for 802.11 RFID technology.
Chad Neal, Director of Technology, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC)
• How the medical center overcame the challenges of implementing RFID, including a look at distributed versus centralized support and management, and the pursuit and challenges of documenting a return on investment for RTLS
• Emerging innovative use cases and potential future RTLS technology applications under discussion at OSUMC
RFID-Enabled Journal Helps Patients Track Pain at Meridian Health
Meridian Health, which operates five New Jersey hospitals and a home-care service, has developed an RFID-enabled journal to improve medication management and offer greater independence and safety to patients with chronic diseases, when they are not in a health-care setting. The journal uses an active RFID tag that logs a patient's reported pain at home, as well as the effectiveness of any medication he or she takes to reduce discomfort. Learn how the system is connecting patients with doctors without requiring them to visit an office or hospital.
Sandra Elliott, Director of Consumer Technology and Service Development, Meridian Health
• The use of RFID technology to improve medication management and offer greater independence and safety to those with chronic illnesses, when not in a health-care setting
• Future uses, which may include versions of the journal that test blood for sugar or cholesterol levels
RFID Journal LIVE! 2011 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.
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