Thursday, February 25, 2010

RFID Tags Improve Patient Hospital Experience

ThingMagic RFID Readers are deployed to improve the patient experience at the California Cancer Center, where the administration is deplying a comprehensive, integrated RFID solution. ...

... "ThingMagic’s Astra UHF RFID readers are used to relay information from low profile passive RFID tags – located, for example, on a patient ID badge – to centralized applications that retrieve patient information in order to enhance the patient experience. This information includes patient preferences to activate custom hospital room settings - music, lighting, temperature, etc. - and location data that are sent to staff phone displays, allowing clinicians to greet or locate patients quickly. " ...


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Thursday, October 29, 2009

RFID Inventory at Saint Joseph Hospital

Wavemark CIMS RFID will enable St Joseph Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia to manage their medical inventory. Link.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Healthcare RFID Asset Management

Ascend members can leverage AeroScout RFID solutions in the healthcare asset management space through supply agreement that support consortium procurement. ...

... "The three-year agreement covers AeroScout’s Wi-Fi RTLS healthcare visibility solutions for all ASCEND members. AeroScout’s solutions will leverage ASCEND members’ standard Wi-Fi networks and offer a broad range of applications and capabilities that deliver strong returns for hospital organizations. "


Via AeroScout: ASCEND Program Provider

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Sunday, July 05, 2009

RFID Garment Tags in Action

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Sunday, June 07, 2009

Nortel Hospital RFID Mapping

Nortel integrates a number of products and services at making hospital more efficient and effective through the use of technologies, such as RFID. Patient safety and asset utilization are some of the benefits targeted. ...

... "Nortel's system uses RFID so that nurses can type into a computer what they need, and a virtual map shows where that equipment is located. " ...


Via Dallas Morning News: Improved medical care

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

RFID RTLS Hospital Response

Awarepoint and UCSD San Diego Medical Center discussed the installation of an RFID-enabled RTLS at the Third National Emergency Management Summit. ...

... "Mr. Sullivan presented a case study on how UCSD Medical Center used a Realtime Location System (RTLS) to improve their readiness during the San Diego fire disasters. The case study will outline how an increase in higher-needs patients during an emergency means moving a lot of equipment and staff simply doesn't have time to search for needed equipment. In order to keep clinics and emergency rooms open, real-time access to location of equipment is imperative. RTLS is able to direct staff to exact location in the facility where equipment can be found." ...


RTLS Improves Hospital Response to a Disaster

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

RFID Senses Environmental Conditions

Savi implements an automated asset and inventory tracking system for the Expeditionary Logistics Center at the Sierra Army Depot in California. The depot supports the storage, maintenance, assembly, and containerization of operational inventory items, ready for deployment. ...

... "The Savi solution at the depot is designed to enhance the visibility and management of assets such as containers, trailers, generators and water purification units. In addition, the solution utilizes sensors that monitor the environmental conditions of DEPMEDS, which are hospitals in a container and include necessary medical supplies and equipment required for rapid deployment into the field of operations. " ...


Via Savi: Army Depot Visibility and Management of Inventory

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

RFID RTLS Asset Tracking in Healthcare

Awarepoint Corp's Michael Kitchen will present RTLS technologies at the conference this week. ...

... "The presenter will also discuss Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s (WRAMC) decision to implement a hospital-wide RFID asset management system. As one of the largest medical treatment facilities within the Department of Defense, this short term acute care facility is embracing asset tracking technology to further improve business processes and positively impact patient care. " ...


Via AwarePoint: RTLS Asset Management

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Monday, August 18, 2008

RFID Wristband Hospital Contract

The National Health Service Supply Chain (NHSSC) awards a multi-year contract to P3 Medical Ltd to supply patient identification wristbands to the NHS hospitals to improve patient safety throughout hospitals in England and Wales. ...

... "Under the contract, P3 will distribute positive patient identification wristbands from Precision Dynamics Corporation (PDC). As the global leader in automatic identification wristbands, PDC pioneered the first bar code patient wristband system in 1984 and offers the most complete line of automated wristband solutions worldwide, including bar code laser printer, thermal printer, and RFID. The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), a division of the National Health Service (NHS), published reports in July of 2007 showing a high proportion of adverse patient safety incidences were linked to the absence and/or incorrect information on patient ID wristbands. The NPSA then issued a directive for the NHS hospitals to begin standardizing wristbands and link them to their IT systems by 2009. In response, the NHSSC awarded contracts to eight suppliers to provide patient ID wristbands to the NHS hospitals and P3 Medical Ltd. was among them. " ...


Via Precision Dynamics: NHS Hospitals Contract

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

RFID Stent Tracking in Hospital

UMass Memorial Medical Center uses RFID technology to reduce costs, save lives by preventing mistakes, and reducing recall cycle times. ...

UMass Memorial Medical Center uses RFID technology

... "In UMass Memorial's shiny, four-year old catheterization laboratory, supply chain coordinator Raul Navarro slaps RFID tags onto boxes containing stents and balloons for use in the department's procedure rooms. " ...


Via Boston Globe: Stent Tracking

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Monday, July 07, 2008

RFID Healthcare Installation in Israel

Wavetrend Technologies implements an active RFID project for the new Ashdod Medical Center in Israel, that creates the largest active RFID installation in the Middle East. ...

Hospital RFID installation will be largest in Israel

... "In the interest of achieving the best possible monitoring of equipment, personnel and high-risk patients, Ashdod Medical Center required full RFID coverage for all six operational floors of its facility. To meet this objective, Ardan will install a vast infrastructure of active RFID supplied by Wavetrend. Readers will be strategically positioned throughout the hospital, and an extensive array of tags designed to track multiple assets will be deployed. The real-time tracking capabilities that the system offers will allow the hospital to locate critical equipment and personnel in the event of an emergency, and also monitor the whereabouts of high-risk patients in real time so that medical staff can react to an alert immediately. " ...


Via Wavetrend: Largest Healthcare RFID Installation in Israel

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

RFID EMI Interferes with Medical Equipment

Experiments with RFID in hospital environment shows interference between RFID systems and medical devices. ...

... "EMI by 2 RFID systems (active 125 kHz and passive 868 MHz) was assessed under controlled conditions during May 2006, in the proximity of 41 medical devices (in 17 categories, 22 different manufacturers) at the Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Assessment took place according to an international test protocol. " ...


Via JAMA: Electromagnetic Interference From Radio Frequency Identification

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

RFID Patient Wristband Improves Care

Patients pilot the use of RFID technology to administer medicines at Halifax Health Medical Center. ...

... "This RFID wrist band assists nurses and in health care by automating the process of administering patient medication. " ...


Via Sify: Bartronics RFID

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Medical RFID Supports Safe Surgery

ClearCount integrates RFID into the surgery process. ...

... "The Smart Sponge system places all its components on one cart. Nurses waive a package of sponges past a reader built into display device on the cart to create an inventory. " ...


Via EETimes: RFID in operating room

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

RFID Acquisition in Security Market Segment

The Stanley Works agrees to purchase Xmark Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VeriChip, for $45 million cash. Stanley Works will integrate Xmark into its Security line of business. ...

... "Xmark, whose headquarters and principal operations are located in Ottawa, Canada develops, markets and sells RFID-based systems used to identify, locate and protect people and assets. Xmark focuses on three vertical markets: providing infant security systems under the Hugs and Halo brands, wander protection systems under the RoamAlert brand, and hospital asset tracking systems under the Assetrac(R) brand. " ...


Via Stanley Works: Agreement to Acquire Xmark from VeriChip Corporation

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

RFID Infant Protection Success Story

Verichip sees healthcare industry success with the protection of infants using its Hugs RFID protection system. ...

... "Xmark's infant protection systems are designed to prevent infant abductions and inadvertent child mismatching in hospitals. The main component of the systems is a wearable RFID tag that is assigned to child and mother following birth. Monitors positioned throughout the hospital detect the integrity of the tags and location of the child. If a newborn is removed from the ward, if the tag is lifted from the baby's skin or if the ankle strap is compromised, the system immediately triggers an alarm, alerting hospital security to the situation. " ...


Via Verichip: One Million Infants Protected in 2007

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Medical Center RFID Achieves Benefits and Expands Use

Carolinas Heart and Vascular Institute expands its use of RFID tracking throughout its medical system, as the RFID-enabled process has shown improvements in utilization and accuracy of critical high-value equipment, which translates into financial benefits. ...

Carolina Heart Institute uses RFID to achieve benefits

... "The cabinet-based system was initially deployed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory suite to store, track, and manage the utilization of high cost items such as Drug-Eluting stents and PTCA balloon catheters. The organization has now expanded its use of the system by deploying twenty-six units to manage those items for additional cardiac catheterization laboratories while also managing pacemakers and ICDs for the electrophysiology laboratories. With these additional units, CHVI will complete a broader deployment of the technology to support efforts to increase charge capture accuracy, eliminate product expiration, and optimize on-hand inventory levels to support organizational improvement initiatives. " ...


Via Mobile Aspects: Carolinas Medical Center

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

RFID Electronic Patient Tracking Enables Lean Hospital Processes

Hospital will use RFID technology to support patient tracking processes and create efficiencies through lean techniques. ...

... "The RFID monitoring system will be linked to Hawke's Bay hospital's PAS patient management system, so capacity planning and bed management systems are automatically updated when patients are admitted and discharged. " ...


Via Stuff.co.nz: Hastings hospital

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

AT&T RFID Healthcare Solution Offers Complete Infrastructure

AT&T offers turnkey solution for the healthcare industry that accelerates implementation through standard set of infrastructure. ...

... "AT&T is the first network services company to provide a comprehensive RFID solution for the health care industry. The company is offering the devices, infrastructure and systems needed for full-scale tracking applications - everything from tags and software to networks and data storage. In addition, the solution generates customized reports that can be used to enhance patient safety, increase operational efficiency and improve financial performance. More specifically, it provides a Wi-Fi-enabled location-based service to track equipment, devices and patients. For example, a hospital staff can track the current or a historical location of mobile assets - such as blood pressure monitoring devices, EKG machines, gurneys, infusion pumps, crash carts, computers-on-wheels, wheelchairs and laptops - from a Web browser. The solution will also alert health care staff if at-risk patients have wandered or been moved from their room. In addition, employees can use the data to manage mobile asset inventory across a single health care facility or multiple sites. " ...


Via AT&T: RFID Solution for Health Care Organizations

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Monday, September 03, 2007

RFID Medical Inventory Management System

DMC Harper University Hospital will implement Mobile Aspects' radio frequency identification, RFID-enabled, inventory management system to manage its utilization of high cost materials that support the delivery of cardiology services. DMC Harper University Hospital is part of the Detroit Medical Center. ...

DMC uses RFID inventory system to manage its high-value assets ...

... "Developed by Mobile Aspects, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pa., the system, called iRISupply, uses an RFID tracking architecture to automate charge capture, inventory management, device expiration management, and other key operational processes within the patient care setting. The organization will implement fourteen iRISupply cabinet units to manage the storage and utilization of implantable stent devices within their cardiac catheterization laboratory suites at the DMC Harper University Hospital location. In leveraging the RFID-enabled technology, the organization seeks to create a more efficient, automated process for managing these high-cost items and in turn, realize more streamlined and accurate processes in documenting device utilization for billing and inventory management. " ...


Via Mobile Aspects: DMC Harper University Hospital to install RFID technology

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Patient RFID Alzheimers Privacy Debate

Should Alzheimer patient be chipped with RFID or just rely on bracelets? ...

... "Alzheimer's Community Care Facility, in West Palm Beach Florida, intends to begin implanting radio frequency identification chips, RFID, in Alzheimer patients ... " ...


Via Associated Content: Patient RFID

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Texas RFID Tracks Hospital High-Value Assets

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Dallas-Fort Worth uses RFID technology to track high-value assets. The system is designed to be transparent and simple-to-use to drive adoption. ...

Hospital RFID enables healthcare asset tracking

... "The system essentially automates the tracking and cataloging of almost all of the hospital's most expensive equipment. " ...


Via Dallas Morning News : Hospital RFID For Asset Management

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pretec RFID USB

Pretec integrates RFID with USB for application in healthcare and other industries where information and identification convergence is critical. ...

... "Pretec i-Disk RFID leads the new trend of Store with Innovation, combines the smallest USB flash in the world and RFID technology to a tiny form factor in a sturdy and waterproof construction, which can be conveniently incorporated with any systems in need of both digital mass storage and easy identification. The feature of being automatically identified and data remotely retrieved when i-Disk RFID passes within the proximity of a RFID reader and the added feature of ubiquitous USB flash drive, Pretec i-Disk RFID can be widely applied to variety of markets and applications such as hospitals, airports, warehouses, POS systems for access control, asset or inventory management, etc. " ...


Via Pretec: Pretec i-Disk RFID

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Robot RFID Asset Management for Hospitals

Aethon Inc makes availabile its mobile RFID-enabled solution that locates, delivers and recovers hospital assets. The solution performs automated transportation featuring an RFID-based asset tracking system and a robotic asset delivery and recovery system. The solution helps hospitals to improve efficiency and patient satisfaction, increase utilization of assets, and improve regulatory compliance. ...

Robotic RFID solution supports hospital and healthcare efficiency

... "HOMER's unique asset tracking capabilities are an outgrowth of technology made possible by TUG, the most successful automated courier system for the delivery and recovery of hospital goods and supplies. Leveraging the TUG platform, HOMER employs a single mobile antenna that eliminates the typical infrastructure hurdles of competitors’ systems. This translates into more efficient organization and location of pumps, wheelchairs, monitors, respirators, beds and virtually any other assets hospitals are interested in tracking. A cost-effective and comprehensive solution, HOMER can seamlessly merge with existing hospital systems and requires minimal installation. HOMER works with active RFID tags (unique identifiers). Because it can use any third-party tag, HOMER is tag independent. Furthermore, HOMER can be integrated into existing asset management software. Aethon provides installation, tag selection and setup, software integration, training and support. TUG is an autonomous mobile robot that requires no extra infrastructure investment, is simple to install and has many applications such as central supply, dietary, pharmacy, laboratory, medical records, nursing and linens. Currently, the TUG delivery and recovery system is being used in hospitals across 75 sites. Many hospitals have deployed multiple TUGs to save time and money, while increasing staff and patient satisfaction. " ...


Via Aethon: Aethon Redefines Hospital Asset Utilization ...

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

RFID-Enabled Mobile Clinical Assistant, MCA

Healthcare mobile device incorporates RFID to automate patient processes
Motion Computing introduces new C5 mobile clinical assistant (MCA) at UCSF Medical Center. The MCA is a new computing category that enables the healthcare processes of nurses, physicians and other clinicians with mobility. The Motion C5 integrates reliable, automated patient data management at the point of care. UCSF piloted the the mobile clinical assistant to assess clinician productivity improvements through enabling mobile point of care. Its analysis demonstrates a substantial improvement in nurse productivity, satisfaction and documentation accuracy. ...

... "This collaborative effort resulted in development of the Motion C5 - designed with and for clinicians - that is now being implemented in clinician usability studies worldwide. The C5 is the first highly sealed, fully disinfectable computer to integrate into one durable device the relevant technologies important to clinician workflow and productivity. The C5 combines multiple devices into one - including a built-in barcode and RFID reader for patient identification and supply, specimen and medication administration verification; a built-in camera; and a fingerprint reader to improve security and simplify clinician authentication. " ...


Via Motion Computing: Motion Launches Industry's First Mobile Clinical Assistant Designed Specifically for Clinicians ...

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hospital RFID Realizes Patient Benefits

HP and Precision Dynamics implement patient management system based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in Taiwan at the Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH). The hospital CIO sees the hospital realizing benefits through a reduction in medical errors, from root causes such as manual processes, compliance to standard operating procedures, and visibility to real-time patient status and medical process exceptions. The system is architected with PDC's RFID wristbands and HP's mobile and fixed RFID infrastructure. Privacy is managed by storing confidential patient information on the RFID chip rather than printing the information on the wristband. ...

... "CGMH implemented the RFID system in its operating rooms to improve patient safety by verifying and positively identifying patients, gathering real-time data, reducing risk of wrong-site and/or wrong-patient surgery, and ensuring compliance with hospital patient safety procedures or standard operating procedures. Since the implementation, CGMH has achieved 100% accuracy in patient ID in the OR. The new RFID system automates many manual functions of the previous operating room processes. The system helps verify that the five rights of medication safety are met - right patient, medication, dose, time, and route - as well as right surgery and surgical site. Automating patient data verification processes has saved CGMH medical staff an average of 4.3 minutes per patient. Also, automated data collection has helped prevent common manual data entry mistakes, which if gone undetected could lead to medical errors." ...


Via HP: Precision Dynamics Corporation and HP Provide Chang Gung Memorial Hospital with RFID System for Patient Management

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

RFID Company Merger, Private Placement

RFID expansion through private placement
InfoLogix expands through private placement and merger to accelerate its growth strategy in the RFID healthcare market. ...

... "2006 has been a monumental year for InfoLogix, said David Gulian, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of InfoLogix. We have been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as the sixth fastest growing company in the nation, and have reached significant milestones in installing over 1,900 customer solutions and 1,100 solutions specifically for hospitals. With $17 million of equity financing behind us, we can confidently execute our growth strategy as a public company. Gulian noted that the market for healthcare and RFID-based solutions continues to witness exceptional growth. Our RFID-based software, infrastructure, and services solution portfolio is poised to take advantage of this market opportunity. " ...


Via InfoLogix: InfoLogix, Inc. Completes Over-Subscribed $17 Million Private Placement and Merger with Publicly Traded New Age Translation, Inc., Creating Newly Public RFID & Healthcare Technology Company ...

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Philips RFID: Healthcare Assets

Philips RFID technology is focused on the healthcare market combined with services. The first customer to deploy the Philips asset tracking solution is the University Medical Center (UMC) in Tucson, Ariz. Philips installation at UMC is one of the healthcare industry's largest Wi-Fi-based asset tracking projects. This RFID implementation covers eight floors and a million square feet with 2,300 RFID-tagged assets in use throughout the hospital. The hospital workforce will use the Philips RFID solution to track and manage medical equipment, such as infusion pumps, beds, monitors, wheelchairs and other portable devices. ...

... "Helping hospitals to focus on the patient, Philips' asset tracking solution helps locate hospital assets through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. The solution is designed to work within existing wireless infrastructure, allowing hospitals to leverage investments they have already made in wireless technology. Philips' asset tracking solution consists of a suite of services to maximize the solution's benefits, including wireless tags, a location engine and the MobileView user interface. Product tracking information is fed into the location engine and the asset's position can then be portrayed on a map, in a table, or in a report format for any networked hospital user. In addition to pinpointing lost equipment, the information gathered from the asset tracking solution can help improve asset utilization and work flow efficiencies.

The Philips asset tracking solution is designed around each hospital's specific use cases to help solve problems such as productivity, regulation requirements, utilization, theft, and loss. With an understanding of the unique requirements that the healthcare environment demands, Philips has an advanced solution that can enable hospitals to make facility-wide improvement. The Philips asset tracking solution utilizes technology that includes wireless tags, a location engine, and the MobileView user interface. The tags, which can be attached to most mobile assets, transmit to the hospital’s existing 802.11 infrastructure. This information is fed into the location engine and the asset's position can then be portrayed on a map, or in a table or report format for any networked hospital user. " ...


Via Philips: Philips Delivers New Radiology Products At 2006 RSNA That Present Clinicians with a Clear View of Patient Data and a Clear Path to Patient Care

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