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.
May 4 › 11:00 AM
OR Monitors Supplies, Safety Via RFID
The University of Tennessee (UT) Medical Center is expanding its use of RFID for monitoring equipment trays and consumables within all of its 36 operating rooms. Five ORs are already employing the technology to track every item used for each surgery. Learn how the RFID system is enabling the staff to leave off items that are never utilized for specific procedures, thereby reducing the number of times that an asset is taken out of storage and returned. Hear how the hospital plans to expand the system to perform OR inventory counts.
Speaker: Becky Ashin, VP, Advanced Orthopaedic Center, University of Tennessee Medical Center
May 4 › 11:50 AM
Solution Provider Sessions
Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
May 4 › 12:30 PM
Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall
May 4 › 3:00 PM
Agilent Improves Inventory Management With RFID
Agilent Technologies is using RFID to provide high-value management services to manage its customer's laboratory equipment. The Cross Lab Inventory Management Services automatically and accurately tracks and manages lab equipment, while reducing labor hours required for periodic inventory audits. Learn how this solution enables scheduled, accurate and auditable lab equipment inventories with minimum impact on the customer's staff and lab operations, and cuts inventory costs.
Speaker: Scott Thull, Senior Product Manager, Life Sciences, Agilent Technologies
May 4 › 3:50 PM
Best New Product, Group 2
This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 2 are: Monsoon RF, for its “Lantern”: All-In-One RFID Reader, which aims to make installing an RFID reader as easy as replacing a light bulb; Phase IV Engineering, for its RFID Sensor Reader, which is designed to collect accurate data from passive RFID sensor tags; and SMARTRAC Technologies, for its Sensor Tadpole, a passive UHF sensor that can detect the presence of moisture and send that information to an ordinary RFID reader.
Speakers: Scott Dalgleish, CEO, Phase IV Engineering, Inc.; John T. Armstrong, CEO, MonsoonRF, Inc.; Lauri Hyytinen, Head of Segment Automotive, SMARTRAC N.V.
May 4 › 4:40 PM
RFID Blood Test Saves Time and Improves Results
Blood tests required to diagnose anemia are either expensive or time-consuming, or the results are prone to misinterpretation. A newly developed RFID-based anemia test is being used to determine the number of red cells in the blood and to transmit that information to the doctor treating that patient, while freeing up the worker using the test. Learn how the blood test results are more accurate since there is no subjective interpretation by a health-care worker, and how the test can be used to report the results automatically.
Speaker: Rahul Bhattacharyya, Research Scientist, MIT Auto-ID Labs
May 5 › 9:00 AM
Using RFID to Track Surgical Instruments
Hospital Ixtapaluca is employing an RFID solution to improve the efficiency of its surgical tool management and reduce the incidence of lost instruments. Up to 11,000 surgical instruments are being tagged and tracked at the facility. The hospital is monitoring the tools before, during and after surgery, as well as identifying when they require maintenance, such as sharpening or replacement. Learn how RFID is helping the hospital to reduce staff time, deter theft, and improve inventory control and instrument management.
Speaker: Dr. Jorge Mario Lopez Arango, General Manager, Hospital Ixtapaluca
May 5 › 9:45 AM
Colombian Pharmacies Improve Traceability With RFID
Copidrogas, a non-profit organization comprising 6,000 independent pharmacies in Colombia, has implemented RFID technology for tracking pharmaceuticals from warehouse and distribution center to pharmacy. The organization tagged approximately 100 products and is monitoring each item via batch code and expiration date. Copidrogas plans to expand the program to identify all products delivered to member pharmacies. Learn how the use of RFID helps the warehouse to efficiently control products and reliably validate information, in order to benefit pharmacies and consumers.
May 5 › 10:30 AM
Case Study: Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Nicklaus Children's Hospital (formerly known as Miami Children's Hospital) has deployed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to track assets and some personnel within its emergency department, as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags—used with Android-based tablets or smartphones—to conduct daily inventory counts to ensure that 34 crash carts are properly loaded. The technology has helped the medical facility to reduce the amount of time its employees spend inspecting crash carts each day, from several hours to merely a few minutes. Learn how the system enables the locating of wheelchairs, pumps and other equipment throughout the emergency department, and how it might be used in the future.
Speakers: Edward Martinez, Senior VP and CIO, Miami Children's Health System (MCHF); Jose Perdomo, Senior VP of Facilities and Construction and Chief Compliance Officer, Miami Children's Health System (MCHF)