RFID Journal LIVE! 2014TracksHealth Care/Pharmaceutical

Health Care/Pharmaceutical

Health-care and pharmaceutical 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. Learn how RFID is impacting ROI in the health-care environment, while also improving efficiencies

Apr. 9 10:45 AM

Solution Provider Session: Transforming Health Care Through Innovative Technologies

Innovative technologies are creating dramatic improvements in patient care, patient safety and operating efficiencies, and are providing health-care workers with real-time visibility of mission-critical data, assets, processes and personnel. RFID technologies are increasingly being adopted in health care to enhance operational processes, facilitate business intelligence and improve health-care outcomes. Learn, through real-world case studies, how smart technologies are being deployed to better manage inventory and the hospital supply chain, and how new technologies are impacting the assisted-living and nursing-home industries.
Speaker: Diana Hage, CEO, RFID Global Solution, Inc.
Apr. 9 1:30 PM

Hospital Expands RTLS Usage Beyond Asset Management

The Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, a 420,000-square-foot hospital that houses 186 beds, employs 1,200 workers and is part of the Louisiana-based Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, recently expanded its use of a real-time location system (RTLS) by adding RTLS staff badges. By tracking both employees and equipment, the facility has improved its ability to manage equipment, locate and contact staff members, and understand how and when it serves patients. Learn how the asset-management solution enables the facility to easily conduct asset recalls, issue alerts in the event that items are discovered missing from a specific area, locate crash carts and other equipment, and know when assets on those carts are due to expire. In addition, hear how the system can track staff responsiveness (by identifying employees' locations) and send messages to personnel via a bedside nurse-call system (by knowing in which room each worker is located).
Speaker: Terry J. Broussard, RN, BSN, MPA, VP of Support Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center


  • How data collected about tags and badges will be managed on a centralized database, allowing the firm to better manage the locations of assets or personnel moving throughout each facility, as well as from one site to another
  • Future plans to expand the program, including deploying the technology at a third hospital
Apr. 9 2:20 PM

Hospital Improves Hand-Hygiene Compliance With RFID

A trial of RFID-enabled hand-washing stations has allowed supervisors at OhioHealth's Riverside Methodist Hospital to view usage and takes steps to promote compliance, while personnel can view their own performance and that of their colleagues. The system enabled nurse managers to identify whether or not a particular worker has complied with hand-hygiene requirements. To encourage compliance, the hospital posted a list of the rates at which health-care personnel washed their hands as expected, along with the unique ID number of each staff member's RFID badge, enabling workers to compare their own compliance rates against those of their colleagues. Learn how the firm realized a compliance rate of approximately 94 percent, which contrasts favorably with the national average of only 50 percent.
Speaker: David Rutherford, RN MSN CCRN, Nurse Manager, Riverside Methodist Hospital


  • The importance of having managers access the data themselves every 15 minutes, enabling them to link an ID number to a particular individual and thereby view how that person has been performing while on duty
  • Possible future uses, including expansion to other areas of the facility
Apr. 9 3:10 PM

Improving Patient Outcomes and ROI With RFID

In September 2012, the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance (Texas Health Alliance), in Fort Worth, Texas, opened its doors with a vision for using real-time location system (RTLS) technology throughout the organization. One of Texas Health Alliance's sister hospitals had been using a similar solution, and Texas Health Alliance's parent company, Texas Health Resources, opted to install a similar, but expanded RTLS solution at the Fort Worth site. Coupled with innovative operational models, the RTLS was integrated with other hospital systems in order to maximize technology capabilities. The hospital has 58 inpatient beds, 15 rooms in the emergency department, and various other outpatient services, including an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). One of the solution's greatest benefits is that it helps caregivers locate and allocate assets quickly, thereby enabling them to spend more time serving patients. In addition, the patient-locating function makes it possible to automate the discharge process, as well as find patients for friends and family, while the personnel-locating capability enables the system to identify which staff members have been within the vicinity of an infectious patient, as well as utilizing location data to automate communications important to patient care. Learn how the system is being used to optimize equipment utilization, automate non-value-added tasks, and improve the patient experience.
Speakers: Winjie Tang Miao, President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, Texas Health Resources; Kathi Cox, Project Consultant, Texas Health Resources


  • How the RTLS has generated an ROI and improved outcomes for the facility
  • How to maximize the benefits of using Gen 2 IR asset tags to track assets, patients and team members, resulting in improved patient and staff safety, as well as resource efficiency
Apr. 9 4:00 PM

Hospital Identifies Recalled Drugs Via RFID

The CaroMont Regional Medical Center is a 435-bed hospital with 96 crash carts containing emergency medical kits, as well as several dozen independent kits at stationary locations, each filled with 20 to 50 medications or other emergency items required by patients in urgent need of treatment for a stroke or some other condition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) averages between 350 and 375 medication recalls annually. With each recall, the hospital's pharmacy must determine if it uses that medicine, and then locate and remove the drug in order to ensure that it is not administered to a patient. In some cases, the medications are stored on crash carts distributed throughout a hospital. Pharmacy personnel must search for those carts, open each sealed kit and then return those kits to the pharmacy to be restocked, resealed and placed back on the cart. The hospital has eliminated much of that manual process, thanks to the May 2013 installation of a radio frequency identification-based solution. Learn how the firm has reduced the amount of time employees spend locating and replacing recalled medications on crash carts, as well as replacing drugs and resealing kits, from more than 20 hours down to about two hours.
Speaker: Mike Molby, Director of Pharmacy Services, CaroMont Regional Medical Center


  • Using RFID to enable a more efficient process of replenishing kits after medications are used on a patient, thereby reducing staff time
  • How the system also facilitates the identification and replacement of expiring drugs
Apr. 10 9:00 AM

Wake Forest Baptist Expands RFID RTLS to Increase Benefits

As part of a five-year initiative, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has deployed a real-time location system (RTLS) infrastructure designed to meet the needs of current use cases (asset management, temperature monitoring, blood bank supply monitoring, patient flow, staff duress, staff assistance nurse call, queue management and more), as well as future uses, to include extended patient workflow in the operating room, in the emergency department and across the enterprise. The RTLS infrastructure is deployed in all clinical areas of the fully integrated academic medical facility,, along with all ancillary support function areas that are part of the patient-flow process. This accounts for approximately 1,000 beds and 4 million square feet of RTLS coverage, in more than 8 multi-story buildings on the main campus. Learn how the firm continues to execute against this five-year initiative, and how the use of RTLS technology has moved well beyond tracking mobile medical assets.
Speaker: Mark Rheault, Director of Enterprise Visibility, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Apr. 10 9:45 AM

Improving Hospital-Based Medication Administration Using NFC

Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is testing a Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID system it developed that enables health-care staff members to manage the administration of medication at a patient's bedside. Nurses currently use a computer and a bar-code scanner to administer medications to patients in the hospital. Using this bar-code-based electronic medication administration and reconciliation (e-MAR) system has been shown to reduce medication errors and potential adverse drug events, and is now a requirement for hospitals to qualify for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services health information technology (HIT) incentive payments. However, current e-MAR systems use computers on wheels that can be cumbersome, as well as bar-code scanners that often require multiple scans. Therefore, the firm developed a solution consisting of a Google Nexus 7 tablet and a software application that interprets NFC tag data regarding medications, patients' wristbands and nurses ID badges, confirming the correct medication and the right dose is administered to the proper patient, through the correct route, at the right time. Learn the results of a pilot study evaluating the efficiency and usability of the NFC e-MAR system compared with a traditional bar-code-based e-MAR solution. And hear the challenges that must be overcome for NFC technology to be broadly applied to e-MAR.
Speaker: Adam Landman, MD, Emergency Physician and CMIO, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School


  • How an NFC mobile solution can improve the efficiency and usability of e-MAR systems for nurses
  • The importance of electronic medication administration and reconciliation (e-MAR) for patient safety