November 26-28, 2007 • Toronto, Canada • Toronto Congress Centre

Preconference Seminars:

RFID's Role in Improving Hospital Operations

Leading-edge hospitals are using RFID to track patients, surgical sponges, scalpels and other equipment to reduce medical errors and potential law suits.Others are tracking high-value assets and setting up automated maintenance routines to improve operational efficiencies. Learn how different RFID systems can be used today to reduce costs and achieve improved patient outcomes.

What You Will Learn:

• RFID basics - understanding the fundamentals of the technology
• How patient tracking reduces labor and improves care
• Locating hospital assets in real time
• How to choose the right RFID technology for your needs
• Taking an infrastructure approach to RFID to improve your ROI
• The role of EPC standards in hospital systems and how to plan for long-term adoption
• And much more

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Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario


Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario






The Hospital for Sick Children




November 26, 2007

12:00 pm—Preconference

General Session: RFID Basics with Working Lunch
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of RFID. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems. The need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session also includes a very 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 RFID and EPC, including the latest EPC generation 2 standard, will be presented.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

1:15 pm—Preconference

RFID & Privacy in Health Care
Health care providers across Ontario and beyond are adopting new information and communications technologies, including RFID-enabled information systems. RFID technologies offer benefits such as improved operational efficiencies and enhanced health care services, but where such systems involve personal health information, then obligations under the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) may be engaged. Michelle Chibba will present and discuss a forthcoming IPC whitepaper that inventories, classifies and explains the many RFID uses in health care today, whilst also setting out the main privacy considerations. We will also offer privacy and security guidance and appropriate mitigation measures.

Fred Carter, Senior Policy & Technology Advisor, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario
Michelle Chibba, Manager, Policy, Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario

2:00 pm—Preconference

Case Study: RFID Technology in the Cardiovascular Hospital Setting
This presentation will provide an overview on the role that RFID plays in the catheterization labs at THE HEART HOSPTIAL Baylor Plano. and how the technology creates "smart cabinets" in these environments. Also hear how RFID enables both accurate tracking of some of the hospital's more expensive clinical supplies and inventory control opportunities bringing value to the hospital's cardiovascular setting.

Brad Morgan, Director, Materiel Management, THE HEART HOSPTIAL Baylor Plano

2:45 pm—Preconference

Refreshment Break

3:00 pm—Preconference

What Type of RFID Technology Should Hospitals Use?
Hospitals are faced with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to implementing and RFID asset tracking system, including passive UHF and HF, active 455 MHz systems, Wi-Fi and ultrawide band systems. This session explains the differences so you can determine the best choice for your hospital's needs.

Pankaj Sood, Founder and Manager, McMaster RFID Applications Lab

3:40 pm—Preconference

GS1 Canada & CareNET Strategic Alliance Announcement
Hear how the strategic alliance between GS1 Canada and CareNET will capture the synergies of CareNET's healthcare industry knowledge and network, and GS1 Canada's expertise in supply chain and collaborative commerce standards to enhance and increase the adoption of standardized supply chain and e-commerce practices within the Canadian Healthcare community.

3:45 pm—Preconference

Taking an Infrastructure Approach to RFID
Many hospitals are implementing one-off systems to achieve a specific goal, such as tracking assets and managing inventory. Find out how Hamilton Health Sciences and the Hospital for Sick Children are leveraging RFID today to improve product and asset controls, and hear their thoughts on how RFID can support healthcare facilities in the future.

Alicia Duvall, Vice President, Healthcare Sector, EPCglobal Canada
Mark Farrow, CIO & AVP, Information & Communications Technologies, Hamilton Health Sciences
Todd Presswood, Project Manager, The Hospital for Sick Children

4:35 pm—Preconference

The Role of EPC Standards in Hospital Systems
EPCglobal has developed an E-pedigree standard and a standards for sharing EPC (Electronic Product Code) data over the Internet. This session explains the relevance of EPC in the hospital setting and how hospitals should plan for the adoption of EPC standards in the long term.

Patrick Javick, Manager, Industry Development, EPCglobal North America

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