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  1. 1. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wireless Solutions for Healthcare Service Providers
  2. 2. RFID and Wireless Solutions for Healthcare Service Providers Contents Executive Summary……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 3 RFID enabled Patient Identification and Information System……………………………………………………………. 4 Demonstration…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5 Medical Item / Asset Identification and Tracking……………………………….……………………………………………. 6 RFID-Sensor Based Temperature Monitoring Applications………………………………………………………………… 6 The information in this document is subject to change without notice and describes only the solutions defined in the introduction of this documentation and at the time of publication. The information presented in this document does not form part of any quotation or contract. No liability will be accepted by the publisher for any consequence of its use and Alvin Systems will not be responsible in any event for errors in this document or for any damages, incidental or consequential that might arise from the use of this document or the information on it. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without the prior written consent of the copyright owner. All products, solutions, images and brands mentioned in this document may be trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright © Alvin Systems 2005. All rights reserved. 2
  3. 3. Executive Summary For healthcare organizations, RFID is the next inevitable step towards the new generation healthcare services operations and it is set to provide new efficiencies, improved services, enhanced healthcare workflow and increased patient care for organizations seeking competitive advantage. “Alvin RFID and Wireless Software Platform for Healthcare” is the innovative and new generation patient / object / asset identification and tracking solution specifically designed to integrate with existing Hospital Information Systems (HIS). As the pioneer for developing first-in-the-industry and best-of-the-breed RFID software solutions, Alvin Systems provides multi-facet solutions for healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. This document deliberately focuses on Alvin Systems’ leading RFID solutions for hospitals and healthcare service providers, and do not go into details of technical infrastructure. Alvin RFID Solutions for Healthcare Service Providers have been designed to support real- world use-cases, including the following: - Positive patient identification and real-time information system based on “Smart RFID Wristbands” - Medical Item / Asset identification and tracking - Specimen collection/identification and matching with patient o Smart Blood Transfusion identification and management o Medication identification and administration o Tracking and management of mobile medical assets - Temperature monitoring of sensitive items such as blood, laboratory items, vials, medicine, specimen Benefits: - Real-time and accurate identification and information system - Increased productivity, enhanced healthcare workflow - Reduced error-prone, paper-bound administrative processes - Prevented patient identity mix-ups and medication errors - Intelligent identification and administration of specimen, blood, assets and laboratory processes - Increased patient care and satisfaction - Overall, significantly enhanced services and cost savings As the worlds first developer of RFID-enabled Pocket PC Healthcare software platform on the “Microsoft .NET” technologies, Alvin Systems has the edge in RFID experience, technicality and comprehensiveness of the solution set. RFID is the catalyst for new efficiencies and enhanced services for healthcare service providers. Alvin Systems - with its technical leadership and strong partner base - is set to empower forward-thinking organizations with comprehensive, new-generation, easy-to- deploy and future-proof RFID-based healthcare solutions. 3
  4. 4. RFID-Enabled Patient Identification and Information System What is an RFID-Wristband? – A wristband embedded with an RFID tag (microchip and antenna), RFID wristbands provide storage and wireless read/write capability of patient information for positive patient identification and streamlined operations. “Alvin RFID Enabled Patient Identification and Information System” uniquely provides healthcare organization with improved services and increased efficiencies by replacing time- consuming and error-prone manual processes with a seamless real-time wireless information system. Upon admission, patients are issued with RFID wristbands with patient’s information and medical record number (MRN) encoded on the RFID chip. RFID printer encodes the information on the RFID chip and also prints human-readable information on the wristband. Hospital personnel can identify patients simply by waving their RFID enabled Pocket-PCs or Tablet-PCs over patient’s RFID wristband and instantaneously bring up detailed patient RFID-Enabled Pocket PC information- such as problems, past monitored information (E.g. Temperature, Blood pressure), lab results, medication list, allergy list… - from a central database over a wireless connection. Alvin solutions change the way doctors and nurses interact with patients by empowering them to quickly identify a patient and, retrieve, review and update patients’ medical information right from the bedside. Medical staff do not have to return to nursing station to obtain patient data, which is of paramount importance in emergency treatment, because with the RFID enabled patient information system medical staff can gain access to patient records more instantly. Nurse ward operations are revolutionized as never before. Nurses, equipped with mobile RFID terminals, can visit and identify patients with their RFID wristbands which can be scanned when the lights are turned off or through clothing and bedcovers, thereby causing no patient disruption. Upon identifying the patient, detailed patient information as well as the specific tasks and medication information for the current patient visit is retrieved and displayed from the central database over a wireless connection. When the nurse finishes her tasks such as giving the correct medicines or recording temperature of the patient as specified in her mobile terminal, she RFID Wristband Printer simply updates the corresponding screen and saves the information to the central database. If there is no wireless connection, the mobile terminal stores the visited patient’s updated status information on its local cache and updates the central database when the nurse returns to ward’s nursing station where there is a network connection. Traditionally, while visiting patients, nurses take notes on paper and re-enter them using a computer at nursing station. RFID and wireless enabled mobile terminals replaces this error-prone and labor-intensive paper-bound system with a real-time, new- generation wireless system, thus, doctors and administrators can monitor conditions of patients and nursing activities in real-time. Doctors, equipped with RFID enabled large-screen Tablet-PCs, can quickly identify a patient, retrieve comprehensive medical records, review patient’s recovery status, check past medical logs which have been recorded by nurses via their RFID mobile terminals. The benefits that are stemmed from RFID enabled patient identification is evident can be reaped today by forward-thinking healthcare organizations: - Real-time and accurate medical data platform - Prevented patient identity mix-up and medication errors - Increased patient satisfaction - Fast patient data gathering in emergency cases RFID Enabled Tablet PC - Seamless identification and matching of specimens or transfusion to correct patient - Reduced surgical site errors- Right patient, Right surgical site, Right procedure - Patient charging - Increased productivity, enhanced healthcare workflow and significant cost savings. 4
  5. 5. RFID Enabled Patient Identification and Information System Demonstration This demonstration focuses on nurse ward operations and showcases the basic demonstration of RFID enabled patient identification and real-time information management in synchronization with a central database over a wireless connection. 1. Nurses, equipped with RFID-enabled Pocket PCs and Alvin Healthcare Software platform, can be provided with numerous features depending on hospital’s custom needs such as an real-time hospital information portal. 2. By clicking the “SCAN” button (Figure 1), nurse can easily identify a patient by bringing the terminal close to patient’s wristband. RFID wristbands can be identified in dark and through clothing or human body. (Figure 1) 3. Upon identifying the unique patient ID, the detailed patient information is automatically retrieved from the central database and displayed on Pocket PC screen. (Figure 2) 4. Nurse can retrieve even more detailed information by clicking “Info” buttons for respective information. For example, in the case of emergency, by clicking the “Doctor Info” button, current contact info and location of patient’s doctor can be retrieved immediately. (Figure 2) (Figure 3) 5. By clicking “Tasks” button (Figure 2), the nurse is presented with the tasks retrieved from a central database for the respective ward and patient. (Figure 3) Upon completing the tasks for the current patient visit - such as recording temperature and giving the specified medicines - nurse updates the Tasks screen and by clicking “Save” button, all updates are instantly saved in central database. Thereby, administrators and doctors can monitor the current nursing activities and patient conditions in real-time from their computers. 5
  6. 6. Medical Item / Asset Identification and Tracking Medication & Asset Management: Management of medicines and medical items is challenging in many respects for many hospitals. With intuitive RFID enabled check-in and check-outs or RFID enabled cabinet compartments, keeping track of inventory can be automated simply by identifying and logging items as they are removed or returned by whom and at what time. Particularly, by affixing medical items and supplies with RFID tags, administrative monitoring can be automated for inventory management, quality assurance, shelf life management and access control. Identification and tracking of larger items and assets such as mobile electronic medical equipment or wheel chairs can also be achieved by installing a specifically designed long- range RFID infrastructure at critical access points, such as surgery room doors. Specimen, Blood Samples and Transfusion Management: Affixing vials, blood sample tubes and plastic containers with specifically designed RFID tags, enables healthcare organizations to achieve significant reductions in administration time and prevent errors, both during sampling and laboratory processing. With an RFID enabled sample management process, the doctor or nurse taking the patient sample enters the patient information into a hand-held RFID device or scans the patient’s RFID wristband at the start of the sampling process. This data along with other data is stored on the patient’s or donator’s RFID tagged sample or blood container and later can be identified by any RFID reader enabling error-free fully automated process. Laboratory item identification and management: By leveraging RFID, medical laboratories can achieve phenomenal efficiencies in identifying, tracking and management of laboratorial items such as test tubes containing patient samples. Test tubes affixed with small RFID tags containing unique IDs can be used for locating individual ones among the hundreds in the lab at any given time simply by waving the mobile RFID reader through the test tubes. Upon identification, detailed information can be retrieved from a central database enabling hassle-free laboratory item and inventory management. Staff and Surgical Garment Inventory Management: In medical organizations management of vast number of garment inventory is problematic and resource consuming- staff uniforms, surgical garment, sheets and bed covers, just to name a few. Affixing specifically designed permanent RFID tags to garments can automate tracking and tracing the overall garment inventory in laundry processing, increase quality control and provide significant productivity enhancements. RFID-Sensor Based Temperature Monitoring Applications Low-cost RFID-Sensor technology empowers healthcare organizations to identify and monitor the temperature of sensitive medical items and processes, such as; - Blood temperature monitoring and identification - Specimen temperature monitoring and identification - Micro-biological laboratory operations - Sensitive pharmaceuticals Paper thin, reusable, temperature - Organ handling and transplantation monitoring RFID-Sensor tags from KSW Microtec Reusable, low-cost, paper-thin temperature monitoring RFID-Sensor tags – when attached to temperature sensitive medical objects- monitor the environment temperature at predefined intervals and saves the recorded temperature values in its memory. When scanned with an RFID reader, medical staff can automatically identify and pinpoint whether the sensitive medical object has been exposed to unacceptable temperatures and at what durations. This empowerment enables healthcare organizations to enhance the quality of services, pinpoint spoiled items easily, prevent medical errors and better calculate the shelf life of medical items. Alvin Systems offers healthcare organizations with unique and customizable RFID- RFID-Sensor tags from KSW Microtec Temperature monitoring solutions with the leading RFID-Sensor tags from KSW-Microtec and Alien Technology. 6
  7. 7. For more information Regardless of your needs with respect to RFID, Alvin Systems can provide a flexible and customized solution. For more information, please e-mail us at Visit us at About Alvin Systems Alvin Systems provides innovative software solutions and services that empower businesses and service providers to achieve competitive advantage from new- generation Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and wireless technologies. Being at the forefront of wireless revolution, Alvin Systems has been an early adopter, developer and provider of emerging technologies and standards that comprise; UHF-HF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Near field communication(NFC), EPC Global Network , wireless software solutions over cellular/802.11 networks and wireless-wireline convergence solutions. As the developer of first-in-the-industry software solutions, Alvin systems delivers best- of-breed, innovative and cost-effective software solutions tailored to your business needs with its RFID software platforms for multiple RFID technologies and its wireless software platforms- and help you unleash the full potential of your business. Alvin Bilisim Sistemleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti. Yas Sok. Kumru Sevgili Sitesi No:3 B Blok Da:6 81110 Bostanci Istanbul, Turkey E-mail: Tel: +90 216 445 7896 Fax: +90 216 362 5873 7