RFID Journal LIVE! 2017Preconference SeminarsManaging Medical Devices Via RFID

Managing Medical Devices Via RFID

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.

Attendees with an All-Access or a Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass can choose to participate in any preconference seminar. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.

May 9 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.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
May 9 11:30 AM

Embedded RFID for Medical Devices

Whether you are an original equipment manufacturer who is source-tagging assets for reverse logistics or as a service to your customers, or an end user at a medical facility, you may be considering embedded RFID for enhanced process visibility and safety. RFID is being used to help improve process traceability and enhance product lifecycle management, along with enhancing product security and safety. Find out more about the science around embedded tagging, how it is being used in hospital and medical applications, and what to look for when considering embedding RFID into your processes and products.
Speaker: Ed Nabrotzky, Chief Solutions Officer, Omni-ID
May 9 12:15 PM

Lunch

May 9 1:00 PM

The Benefits of Tracking Implants Via RFID

Medical device companies, such as Stryker Orthopaedics, are using RFID to manage medical device implants, including artificial hips and knees, as they travel to distribution centers and then to and from hospitals. Hospitals, such as St. Elizabeth Medical Center, are tracking stents, pacemakers and other devices at its cardiology lab with passive UHF RFID. Learn how implant manufacturers and hospitals can each benefit from using RFID to track these high-value items.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
May 9 1:45 PM

DePuy Synthes Improves Efficiency With RFID

The DePuy Synthes Companies, part of Johnson & Johnson, provides orthopaedic and neurological products and services. An early adopter of UHF RFID technology, the firm has used the technology to efficiently manage its large-scale loaner processes, as well as within its distribution centers for shipping, receiving, auditing and replenishment. Learn how RFID is currently being used, and how DePuy Synthes plans to move toward cloud computing and big data analytics to help improve operational visibility in the future.
Speaker: Sanjiv Dua, CEO, RFID4U
May 9 2:30 PM

Break

May 9 2:45 PM

Managing Field and Consignment Inventory Using RFID, Mobility and Cloud Platforms

Limited visibility to field and consigned inventory has significant impacts on business decisions for medical device manufacturers and their distributors. RFID, as well as cloud platforms and consumer smart devices, gives an opportunity to manufacturers to get real-time visibility of field inventory, gaining control of their inventory, improving sales efficiency and engagement and increasing operational efficiency, while reducing costs with improved cash flow. Cycle counts can be easily integrated into back-end systems like SAP, Salesforce or homegrown ERP to do a near, real-time billing. Understand the benefits, including, par levels, inventory utilization, product expiration,inventory transfers,freight optimization, service levels and customer segmentation.
Speaker: Sanjiv Dua, CEO, RFID4U
May 9 3:30 PM

RFID in Health Care: The Cure for Costs, Not a Costly Cure

Tracking medical devices, equipment, supplies, personnel and patients is serious business. Such critical assets are associated with key operational processes and exceptional care delivery within health-care environments of all types. Selecting the optimal RFID technology for the correct application for the right business problem in health care has become much easier, thanks to technology innovation, price declines and increasing deployments. In this session, the speaker will discuss how the RFID conversation has progressed in the health-care sector to become more focused on RFID's value and less about its cost.
Speaker: Michael Liard, Industry Analyst, Liard Research & Consulting
May 9 4:15 PM

Preconference Ends