SOURCE: AeroScout

AeroScout

April 14, 2010 08:00 ET

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center Selected as a Finalist for the 2010 RFID Journal Innovation Award

AeroScout, Connexall, Reva Systems and ThingMagic Collaborate to Improve Patient Experience and Optimize Staff Workflow at New Cancer Care Center

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -  RFID Journal LIVE! - AeroScout, the leading provider of Unified Asset Visibility for the healthcare industry, in collaboration with Connexall, Reva Systems and ThingMagic, today announced that the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center has been selected as a finalist for the 2010 RFID Journal Innovation Award for its state-of-the-art RFID implementation. The cancer care center, which opened its doors in February 2010, employs AeroScout's Unified Asset Visibility to integrate the partner companies' solutions into one comprehensive system designed to improve the patient experience and the workflow for clinicians and administrators.

The Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center is a new, four-story, 55,000-square-foot facility located in Burbank, Calif. Part of the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center campus, the cancer care center focuses on treating the whole person -- body, mind and spirit -- and provides a full range of diagnostic, treatment, care and support services for cancer patients and their families. In addition to using the latest technologies and medical advances, the cancer care center's holistic design was created to provide a peaceful sanctuary for cancer patients and their families.

The center's innovative RFID implementation was designed specifically to provide patients with an unprecedented level of care and comfort. When patients arrive at the center to begin their treatment regimen, they're provided with an ID badge that they carry with them over the course of their care. The badge contains a passive RFID chip that tracks patients through every step of their visit with the objective of enabling staff to provide personalized, attentive care and reduce patient stress and anxiety.

For example, immediately upon arrival, the Unified Asset Visibility solution automatically sends a text message via Connexall, which can provide notifications to any type of communications device, to alert the concierge desk that the patient has arrived. Details such as the patient's assigned room number and first appointment for the day are also sent, giving the concierge the information needed to advise the patient on the plan for the visit. The system also alerts the nursing staff via their Wi-Fi phones when the patient enters a waiting room, so that a nurse can greet and attend to that person. In treatment rooms, the environmental settings automatically adjust to the patient's pre-selected preferences, including desired temperature, music, lighting and even artwork projected on the walls.

"Undergoing cancer treatment is difficult enough for patients and their families; we therefore designed every element of the center to help alleviate stress," said Ray Lowe, Regional Director IS Operation for Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. "The integrated RFID solution plays a vital role in delivering our unique and caring experience. Everything happens behind the scenes, invisible to patients, but the experience the RFID solution enables us to deliver has a strong impact on each patient's mood and state of mind. We're proud of the implementation and honored to be selected as a finalist for this innovation award."

The cancer care center's Unified Asset Visibility solution has been in service since the center opened in February. The solution required integration and collaboration from several companies:

  • Passive RFID readers from ThingMagic, placed at key points throughout the facility, read the patient ID badges as they enter or leave specific areas.
  • Reva Systems TAP technology processes and interprets the information from the ThingMagic RFID readers, determines the location of patients and sends this information to AeroScout's MobileView software.
  • AeroScout's MobileView acts as the solution's aggregation and distribution point for information, associating each badge with a specific person, maintaining a rules-based event engine and sending alerts to the appropriate staff members over the optimal communications channel.
  • Connexall provides the unified communications platform for the devices, building management software and patient data system.

The RFID Journal Awards are given annually to end-user companies that distinguish themselves through the application of RFID technologies. The goal of the awards is to recognize the leaders in creating and deploying RFID solutions and to foster adoption of RFID technologies by highlighting innovative deployments. The Roy and Disney Family Cancer Center is a finalist for the category of Most Innovative Use of RFID. Award winners will be announced during the RFID Journal LIVE! conference.

"The success of this innovative project was made possible by the close collaboration among our partner companies, our open architecture and our mutual commitment to delivering Unified Asset Visibility to improve patient care," said Gabi Daniely, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. "This is a great example of how RTLS can benefit healthcare organizations by integrating a variety of applications for tracking the real-time location, condition and status of patients, staff and medical devices."

AeroScout will be showcasing its solutions in booth #240 at RFID Journal LIVE! in Orlando, Fla., April 14 - 16, 2010. In addition, three AeroScout customers will be speaking at the conference about the benefits of RFID, and the AeroScout Healthcare User Forum will be held on April 15.

About Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, founded in 1943, is a comprehensive not-for-profit health care organization, sponsored by the Sisters of Providence. Composed of 448 licensed beds, the Burbank medical center is the largest hospital in the San Fernando Valley, with more than 650 physicians, and 2,000 employees and volunteers on staff. Providence Saint Joseph is known for its state-of-the-art technology and the high quality compassionate care provided by its physicians, nurses and ancillary staff. The Medical Center also offers services through its Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, Heart Center, Acute Rehabilitation Services, Women's Services and Emergency Department.

About AeroScout
AeroScout is the market leader in Unified Asset Visibility solutions. Customers improve operational efficiency using AeroScout products that leverage standard Wi-Fi networks to track and manage the location, condition and status of mobile assets and people. AeroScout's global customer base consists of leading hospital, manufacturing and logistics organizations, including many of the Fortune 500. The company invented the first Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tag, and today is widely recognized as leading the market in number of deployments and tags shipped. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, AeroScout has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.aeroscout.com.

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