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  • RFID = Radio Frequency Identification. Comprises tags with unique ID coded within it … and network readers that detect tag remotely from a few metres away. Using tags and readers can track assets as they move around hospital … Do this by attaching tags to each asset Placing readers at entry and exit points within hospital … creates zones. Zone could be a department, a ward, or a room within a ward, a corridor, and so on (more readers = more cost …. but, enhances level of visibility). Readers are connected to a central server which monitors the whereabouts of all tagged assets … without requiring any change to working practices
  • So, let’s look at a simple example Using a wheelchair as an example of a mobile asset … could be anything e.g. ECG machine, blood pressure monitor, an IV pole, etc If the asset moves to another part of the hospital … how do people know?
  • When a nurse needs that same piece of equipment … if the asset hasn’t been returned, how do they know where to find it? Typically they don’t … and have to waste valuable time searching.
  • RFID = Radio Frequency Identification. Comprises tags with unique ID coded within it … and network readers that detect tag remotely from a few metres away. Using tags and readers can track assets as they move around hospital … Do this by attaching tags to each asset Placing readers at entry and exit points within hospital … creates zones. Zone could be a department, a ward, or a room within a ward, a corridor, and so on (more readers = more cost …. but, enhances level of visibility). Readers are connected to a central server which monitors the whereabouts of all tagged assets … without requiring any change to working practices
  • So, when asset moves into another area, it passes by a reader …. Its tag is detected … and the information is relayed to the system, to update the assets location. Now, when a nurse needs to locate that piece of equipment … even though it may not have been returned to its rightful place … simply visiting a web-browser on a nearby PC will show them exactly where that equipment is … minimising time wasted searching.
  • What does this mean? Well, if we go back to our original drivers, we can see how we can maximise the time clinical staff spend with patients by reducing the time spent searching, through the ability to track assets automatically, and locate equipment instantly However, this is only part of the solution. If we really want to maximise use of capital … then we need to optimise our investment in assets … and through a series of analytics and reports, the system helps you measure asset utilisation … and identify opportunities for rationalisation Furthermore, the system tracks when equipment moves into departments where staff haven’t been trained in its use (assuming electronic records are available on which departments have been trained in device usage) …. Enabling real-time alerts to be triggered and sent to medical device managers / risk managers / etc … and maintaining an historic audit trail of potential breaches of risk management procedures. And … all of this is achieved without disrupting current working practices of staff.
  • Step 1 = understand how hospital works today (therefore how best to implement system without disrupting workflows), understand where asset data is kept and how we can leverage this, then spectrum analysis to reassure them that system won’t interfere with hosp systems and to look for any RF issues that need to be considered during implementation. Then determine most appropriate tags and readers for their environment. Step 2 = starter pack. Deploy technology in controlled manner to prove benefits are achievable, validate the business case and act as the trigger for future investment Step 3 = enterprise deployment … typically phased approach … each phase will have an objective to (a) Roll out readers to other departments / (b) tag more asset types / or (c) add extra readers into a covered area to increase level of visibility.

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  • 1. Combining Radio Frequency Identification Tagging and Business Intelligence to Improve Quality, Lower Costs and Reduce Risks in Healthcare
  • 2. What is RFID?
    • Radio Frequency Identification
      • Tracking movement of items, people or anything
    • Readers + Tags
      • Readers detect radio frequency from tag
      • Use antennas to cover area
      • Passive and Active Tags
  • 3. Examples of RFID
    • Soccer Goals
    • Theme Parks
    • Running Races
  • 4. RFID in Healthcare
    • The global market for RFID tags and systems in health care will increase steadily from $90 million in 2006 to $2.1billion by 2016.
    IDTechEx report "RFID in Healthcare 2006-16”
  • 5. Examples of RFID in Healthcare
    • Tracking mobile assets
    • Tracking newborns in maternity wards
    • Tracking mobile at-risk patients (geriatrics, Alzheimer, mentally ill / handicapped)
    • Tracking doctors
    • Tracking medical charts
    • Drug counterfeit tracking
    • Blood tracking
  • 6. The Problem
    • Are you spending too much on medical equipment?
      • Typical hospital can’t locate 15-20% of its assets.
    • Do you want your nurses to spend more time with patients?
      • Time spent searching for missing equipment equates to over $1,500 a year for every nurse.
    • Does one department often “lend” equipment to another?
      • Managing the risk of equipment being used by untrained staff is an issue in many hospitals.
  • 7. The Solution: RFID
    • Readers
      • 84mm x 40mm x 19mm
      • 45 grams
    • Tags
      • 85mm x 70mm x 9mm
      • < 25 grams
      • Other form factors are available (bracelets etc.)
  • 8. The Problem Asset moves because of patient need…but are staff trained to use it? Mobile asset
  • 9. The Problem Asset not always returned So where is it? Result = waste time searching
  • 10. The Solution: RFID
    • RFID tag attached to each asset
      • Tested to avoid interference with hospital equipment
    • Readers placed at entry / exit points
      • Creates monitored “zones”
  • 11. The Solution: RFID
    • Asset moves
      • Reader detects tag presence
      • Updates system automatically with new location
      • Raises alert if moved to unauthorized area
      • No change to working practices
  • 12. RFID: Improve the Quality of Healthcare
    • Vital medical equipment located in the right place at the right time improves patient care and can save lives
    • Hospital staff, particularly nurses, can spend more time helping patients instead of looking for equipment
  • 13. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 14. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 15. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 16. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 17. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 18. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 19. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 20. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 21. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 22. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 23. Example of RFID Equipment Asset Tracking in Action
  • 24. What is Business Intelligence
    • Hospital Beds
  • 25. What is Business Intelligence?
    • A way to view and analyze a lot of data to better understand why something happened, is happening or could happen
  • 26. Combining RFID with Business Intelligence
    • Harness the tracking capabilities of RFID and the powerful analysis , predictive and data visualization functionality of Business Intelligence
  • 27. Combining RFID with Business Intelligence
    • Tracking and Analyzing the usage and movement of vital medical equipment over a period of time using Business Intelligence tools can help:
      • Identify where equipment needs to be located
      • Identify any surplus or shortage
      • Improve nursing staff productivity
      • Improve medical
      • equipment usage
      • productivity
  • 28. Combining RFID with Business Intelligence
    • Controlling Asset Costs
      • Owned vs. Rental Equipment
      • Used vs. Unused Equipment
      • Predictive and Intelligent Maintenance scheduling
      • Tracking Equipment Failure Rates and down time
  • 29. Combining RFID with Business Intelligence
    • Reduce Risks
      • Ensure medical devices are only used on wards where staff have been properly trained in their correct use.
      • Quickly track and quarantine equipment used in a contaminated area.
  • 30. Benefits of RFID + Business Intelligence Increase Productivity Improve Risk Management Optimize investment in assets Measure usage to drive improvements Audit equipment usage Track assets automatically Less time searching Locate equipment quickly Maximize time spent with patient No Training Costs No change to working practice Maximize use of capital
  • 31. Chaperone Implementation
    • Step 1 – Planning
    • Environmental Audit
    • Tag / Reader selection and verification
    • Step 2 – Deploy Pilot Project
    • Controlled roll out
    • Prove benefits achievable
    • Justify future investment
    • Step 3 – Incremental Enterprise Deployment
    • Phased approach
      • Add more departments
      • Or, add more asset types
      • Or, add greater visibility into existing area
    • Each phase justifies next
  • 32. Questions?