RFID Journal Virtual Event

Virtual Events Mar 16, 2021

RFID in Health Care 2021

March 16, 11:00 am - March 16, 2021, 1:00 pm

In the health-care field, hospitals and other medical facilities are employing RFID and IoT technologies to improve patient safety, increase asset utilization with real-time tracking, boost revenue with automated billing and reduce the incidence of medical errors using track-and-match applications. As of fall 2020, more than 60 million coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide. During this virtual event, learn how RFID and the Internet of Things are identifying and tracking COVID-19 outbreaks, enabling social distancing in the health-care environment, as well as the monitoring of vaccine distribution and improvements in efficiency.

11:00 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

11:05 AM
New Wireless Sensors Apply Directly to Skin, Improving Collection of Patient Information
Penn State University researchers have developed a wearable sensor device that can be applied directly to an individual’s skin in order to measure his or her conditions, including temperature, heart rate and blood-oxygen levels. The device is designed to be applied directly to a person’s body like a temporary tattoo, and with a small wireless module leveraging Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID technology or inductive coupling, it can transmit data to a user’s smartphone. Hear how the team has developed a prototype and how the sensors might be used in the future.
Speaker: Huanyu (Larry) Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Professor, Penn State University

11:40 AM
RFID Helps Hospital Meet High Demand For Scrubs
An acute-care teaching hospital with 637 beds is effectively using RFID technology to track and replenish its inventory of operating room (OR) uniforms. After the coronavirus hit, the RFID scrubs-distribution system was moved from the OR to the emergency department. The technology has enabled the facility to quickly ramp up to meet COVID-19-related regulations. Learn how the system ‎generates automatic replenishment orders, minimizing supply shortage and ensuring a more efficient stock management, while enabling the hospital to more easily transition to additional scrubs (from 2,000 to about 20,000) in its emergency department.

12:05 PM
Internet of Things Automates Workplace Social Distancing, Contact Tracing
Creating a safe workplace for employees is vital, and it’s driving the need to automate approaches for managing social distancing and conducting contact tracing. The use of IoT and related technologies can streamline the process of managing these protocols, ensuring compliance with federal, state and local requirements regarding workplace exposure to the coronavirus. Learn how the technology provides a digital trail of a worker’s whereabouts and historical interactions onsite, thereby making it possible to rapidly respond to outbreaks and activate isolation procedures.

12:35 PM
Automating Operations in the ER With RFID
A 500-bed acute-care hospital has implemented an RFID-enabled solution to automatically track patients in its emergency department. The system visualizes patient flow by automatically identifying the location and status of each patient and all equipment without requiring manual updates by the ER staff. In this session, hear how the implementation of automatic patient tracking has improved workflow visibility and automation for the busy emergency department. Learn how the hospital integrated additional patient and order status information, thus creating a centralized workflow communication and management portal for the ER, and transforming the department’s efficiency.

12:55 PM
Closing Remarks
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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