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Health Care/Pharmaceutical

Pharmaceutical and health-care 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. Pharmaceutical companies are exploring the technology's potential for collecting pedigree data, as well as examining other potential uses, including reducing counterfeiting and theft, and improving shipping accuracy. Learn how RFID is impacting ROI in the health-care environment, while also improving efficiencies in the pharmaceutical industry.

Hear from Mark Roberti, the founder and editor of RFID Journal, how RFID is benefiting the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and how you can learn more from the leading end-users at the tenth annual RFID Journal LIVE!, being held Apr. 3-5, 2012 in Orlando, Fla.

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April 4, 2012

1:30 PM—Track Session
Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $150,000 Annually
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 Hospital¬óMission 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
2:20 PM—Track Session
RFID-Enabled Journals Help Patients Track and Manage Chronic Diseases
Meridian Health, which operates five New Jersey hospitals and a home-care service, has developed electronic health journals for patients to answer key questions regarding symptoms of their condition, such as adult asthma, pain, COPD and depression, as well as an RFID-enabled journal to improve medication management, and to offer greater independence and safety to patients with chronic diseases. The journals' latest application targets poor sleep health—a pervasive problem, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting insufficient sleep or rest at least 15 out of every 30 days. Learn how the firm's newest application enables patients to monitor their sleeping habits during the night, in the comfort of their own home. This smart card, worn during the night, tracks overall activity levels associated with sleep and combines that knowledge with common daily symptoms into a core sleep assessment, providing a method for monitoring the impact of lifestyle changes on sleep patterns.
Sandra Elliott, Director of Consumer Technology and Service Development, Meridian Health
• How RFID technology is improving medication management and offering greater independence and safety to those with chronic illnesses, outside a health-care setting
 • How the iMPak Health SleepTrak application and solution uses NFC technology to upload sleep data with "touch-and-post" simplicity, via a user's mobile phone
3:10 PM—Track Session
Clinic Gains Efficiency, Safety With RFID
The University of California, San Diego's Moores Cancer Center is employing EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to track the amount of time that each patient awaits radiation treatment, and to verify that the correct equipment is being employed. The facility treats approximately 100 patients daily, using one internal and four external radiation machines. In addition to requiring efficiency, the facility must also ensure that the proper equipment is utilized with each patient, in order to properly immobilize the correct body part prior to radiation. A system was installed that allows the center to track the locations of tagged individuals and equipment throughout the clinic's two buildings.
Todd Pawlicki, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences, University of California, San Diego
• How UC San Diego overcame adoption issues and introduced the system to patients and staff members
• How the use of RFID maintains efficiency and helps the center to identify workflow procedures

April 5, 2012

12:00 PM—Track Session
Improving Efficiency With RTLS
Celebration Health, a Florida Hospital facility, is employing a real-time locating system (RTLS) to measure the operational efficiency of its new patient tower, which opened in mid-August 2011. At the tower, nurses wear RTLS badges enabling the hospital to gather and analyze data regarding the movements of staff members, in order to ascertain how the unit could be more efficient. The system utilizes the hospital's existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, with tags that transmit data to the Wi-Fi nodes, and the software manages the information related to RTLS reads. Celebration Health is using its own business-management software, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, to evaluate the data and determine what it means for staff efficiency, and how it could be improved. Learn how the system allows management to view, for example, when employees take extra steps, enabling the firm to improve procedures based on those findings.
Todd Frantz, Associate Chief Technology Officer, Florida Hospital
•Why the system is not linked to specific employees
•How the firm is using the data to determine what motion is useful and valuable, as well as identify motion or activity that reduces efficiency
2:00 PM—Track Session
Serialization With RFID in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
Upcoming track-and-trace requirements by individual states for the pharmaceutical supply chain, such as California in 2015, as well as higher-level electronic-pedigree obligations, have encouraged many drug companies to explore supply chain solutions based on RFID technologies. The existence of a large number of different system parameters with significant effects on the performance of an RFID implementation, however, creates a challenge for companies in identifying the optimal system setup with minimal supply chain disruption. In this session, find out how the University of South Florida Polytechnic employed an analytical approach to help a pharmaceutical firm improve the efficiency of its RFID implementation for a challenging product.
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
• The use of a state-of-the-art, closed-loop test conveyor and intelligent test software to systematically cycle and modify all system configurations and RFID parameters in order to improve performance at both the unit-carton and case levels
• How the same test setup can be applied to other RFID pharmaceutical applications, using the ISO 18000-6C standard to overcome such implementation-specific challenges as product type (blister packs or liquid products), line speed and more
2:50 PM—Track Session
GS1 Standards for Serialization and Visibility Within the U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
GS1 Healthcare US is driving the adoption and implementation of GS1's standards to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency. Members from across the pharmaceutical supply chain are building an industry reference model to enable efficient product serialization and visibility. The program provides a unique opportunity to gain insights into the benefits of supply chain visibility, and to prepare for serialization requirements.
Bob Celeste, Pharmaceutical Sector Lead, GS1 US
• Introducing the GS1 US Implementation Guideline, "Applying GS1 Standards to U.S. Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Business Processes (To Support Serialization, Pedigree and Track & Trace)"
• Utilizing a simulated supply chain to test exception processes for minimizing implementation surprises, increasing pilot effectiveness 
•How to resolve the majority of issues prior to implementation with trading partners, thus reducing implementation costs

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All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.

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