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Managing Medical Devices With RFID

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Please note that attendance for this preconference is restricted to end users only.

Tracking medical devices is not like tracking apparel with RFID. While both products are being managed using serialized data, medical devices are more challenging to tag. In this workshop, the presenters will explain how to evaluate tags for tracking medical devices, as well as key issues that need to be considered when choosing software and integrating RFID data with existing back-end systems. In addition, they will share best practices and case studies.

Please note that attendance for this preconference is restricted to end users only.

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.

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April 30, 2013

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an 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 EPC RFID, 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

11:30 AM

Synthes Realizes Cost Savings Using RFID in Its Loaner Process
Medical device manufacturer Synthes is using RFID to efficiently manage its loaner processes. By RFID-enabling distribution center processes—shipping, receiving, auditing and replenishment—Synthes has saved thousands of direct labor hours, improved turnaround times and improved lot visibility. Learn how the Synthes system works and delivers a strong return on investment.

Mike Diguglielmo, Product Manager, Synthes
• How to design and deploy a solution that improves inventory management
• Insights into the business and technical decisions Synthes made to design an effective RFID system

12:15 PM

RFID Tags and Readers: How to Make Smart Choices
Tracking medical devices is serious business. Medical devices are challenging to tag since they are composed of metal, which interferes with RFID systems. In this session, the speaker will discuss the methodology used to evaluate the best tags for tracking medical devices. Attendees will also learn some of the key considerations for choosing the best fixed and handheld readers for their particular application.

Gary Andrechak, RFID Business Development Manager, DSS Plastics Group
• How to evaluate RFID tags for medical devices
• Issues to consider when choosing UHF RFID readers

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Live Demonstration
Iris Software will demonstrate its Sense & Response Loaner software and its SnR Mobi Field Cycle Counting Software. These two real-world demos, with day-to-day scenarios, will be followed by question-and-answer period.

Anil Sanagavarapu, Director of Business Solutions and Technology Services, IRIS Software, Inc.

2:30 PM

Software: The Critical Element in Any Successful Deployment
Many end users become caught up in RFID hardware choices and thus fail to give adequate consideration to software choices, but it is a properly designed software application that determines a project's success. Learn about some of the key issues that you need to consider when choosing software, designing an application and integrating RFID data with existing back-end systems.

Anil Sanagavarapu, Director of Business Solutions and Technology Services, IRIS Software, Inc.
• The key considerations for choosing RFID software for medical device management
• Issues to consider when integrating RFID data with back-end systems

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

How Stryker Manages Inventory at Its Branch Offices Using RFID
Stryker has a strong network of branches across the nation to service its customers. RFID has helped the company save money and provide more efficient services across several geographies. In this discussion, Stryker will share some of the business-case considerations and its RFID adoption story.

Paul Pennington, Supply Chain Optimization Manager, Stryker Orthopaedics
• The value of using RFID to manage inventory across multiple locations
• An understanding of the system design required to manage inventory across multiple locations via RFID

4:15 PM

Preconference Seminars and Workshops Conclude

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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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