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RFID in Health Care 2011 Report

At RFID Journal's latest conference and exhibition for the health-care industry, approximately 120 attendees gathered to learn how radio frequency identification is helping medical facilities improve patient care and reduce expenses. View the presentations from the event.
Sep 26, 2011—Hospitals across North America are achieving a variety of benefits—improved patient outcomes, as well as a financial return on investment (ROI)—from employing radio frequency identification to monitor patients and assets, collect information automatically and reduce medical errors. Those attending this year's RFID in Health Care conference and exhibition—held on Sept. 13, 2011, in partnership with the International Supply Chain Education Alliance (ISCEA)—learned about the ways in which hospitals and health-care providers are currently using RFID, and gained insights into how to move from one-off applications to an infrastructure approach to the technology.

Attendees at RFID in Health Care 2011 heard leading health-care providers and early adopters share real-world case studies revealing the business benefits of RFID. Presenters discussed how hospitals and health-care organizations are utilizing the technology to boost asset-utilization rates with real-time location systems (RTLS), leverage RTLS and RFID technologies to wring greater efficiencies out of existing resources, reduce errors by tracking medical devices, increase patient monitoring and safety, improve medication management and more. Visitors also had the opportunity to meet the leading technology companies and view their latest solutions.

Top row, left to right: Jay Adams, Carl R. Chudnofsky, Sandra Elliott, Alfonso Gutierrez. Bottom row, left to right: Clive P. Hohberger, Diane Hubisz, John Johnson, Michael Kohler.

Recordings of the event's speaker presentations are now available in RFID Journal's online video library. Links to videos of the conference sessions are provided below, along with PDFs of the slides used in those presentations. Note that not all speakers have granted permission to have their presentations and/or slides archived.


Improving Productivity With RTLS at Albert Einstein Medical Center
Speaker: Carl R. Chudnofsky, M.D., Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center
Albert Einstein Medical Center (AEMC) is using an automatic tracking system to improve patient flow, reduce length of stay and patient walkouts, and decrease emergency department (ED) overcrowding, in order to increase the satisfaction of both patients and caregivers. AEMC implemented automatic tracking within its ED in 2003, and is now utilizing the system to track the real-time location and care status of all patients, identify the location of medical equipment, streamline the admissions process, and analyze and report on department performance. In this session, attendees learned how the department has achieved quantifiable improvements in operating performance, resulting in $14.8 million in revenue due to reductions in left-without-treatment (LWOT) patients and diversions, as well as improved door-to-disposition times.
(See also Philly Hospital Uses RTLS to Track Patient Flow, Care and Training)

Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $150,000
Speaker: Michael Kohler, Director of Material Management, Mission Hospital—Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach
Mission Hospital, a 552-bed facility with two campuses in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, Calif., is employing a hybrid infrared (IR) and RFID system to track the location, cleaning and maintenance of its moveable medical equipment. Following the system's installation, the equipment-utility rate for tagged items rose by 7 percent. The rate of lost or stolen devices dropped from 13.8 percent to zero, resulting in an annual savings of $150,000 to $200,000 worth of equipment that had been lost each year prior to the system being installed. The firm deployed RFID access points throughout the facility—providing 100 percent coverage in the building's public sections—and attached tags to mobile assets of high value. Kohler explained how Mission Hospital is using the system to better manage its moveable medical equipment, perform periodic maintenance of its assets more efficiently, assure Joint Commission compliance and reduce equipment loss.
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(See also Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate, RFID News Roundup: Mission Hospital Installs RTLS for Tracking Medical Equipment and Mission Hospital Improves Equipment Utility Rate and Saves $150,000)
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