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S3Edge @ the Florida Association of Blood Banks (FABB) Conference

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S3Edge will be showcasing the  iTrace  blood product tracking system along with Helmer Scientific at the FABB 2013 Conference.

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iTrace is an RFID and barcode based Blood Product Tracking system that enables improved compliance with FDA tracking requirements for blood products, enables cross hospital inventory optimization to reduce waste from outdated products and improves patient safety by preventing the release of unsuitable blood products. The FDA recently approved the 510(k) clearance for iTrace.

If you would like to know more about iTrace or see a demonstration, please stop by the Helmer booth.

Cheers!

The S3Edge team.

FDA clears first blood tracking device (iTrace for Blood Centers) that uses Radio Frequency Identification technology

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The iTrace for Blood Centers device has the ability to enhance blood safety by helping to ensure that unsuitable units are not released,” said Karen Midthun, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “iTrace for Blood Centers will be used in blood establishments by trained personnel as a tool in streamlining blood collection and processing and aiding in product tracking and reconciliation.”

Read the press release here

S3Edge is proud to announce that iTrace for Blood Centers, the first application to use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in blood establishments to assist in enhancing blood safety by preventing the release of unsuitable blood components, was cleared today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The device was cleared for marketing based on the submission of a premarket notification, often referred to as a 510(k). A 510(k) submission made to the FDA demonstrates that the device is at least as safe and effective as, that is, substantially equivalent to, a legally marketed device that is not subject to a premarket application.

This is a significant milestone in the commercialization of iTrace for Blood Centers (developed and owned by S3Edge as part of the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium – read more here), and we look forward to working with Blood Centers and Hospitals world-wide to deploy this key piece of technology to keep our blood supply safe, secure, and operationally efficient.

Stay tuned for more updates! In the interim you can read more about the solution at http://www.s3edge.com/solutions/healthcare and sign up at www.s3edge.com to be notified when the product launches.

 

Cheers!

The entire S3Edge and TMRFID team.

Healthcare IT News: RFID consortium to bring blood product tracking technology to market

Healthcare IT News

Another write-up on the RFID-based Blood Product Tracking System we are bringing to the market – enjoy!

http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/rfid-consortium-bring-blood-product-tracking-technology-market

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Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium selects S3Edge to commercialize RFID and barcode based Blood Product Tracking suite of applications

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The Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium today announced that S3Edge would exclusively be leading the commercialization*  efforts of the Blood Center and Hospital applications that have been designed and built by the consortium members (BloodCenter of Wisconsin, SysLogic, Inc., S3Edge Inc., Carter Bloodcare, Mississippi Blood Services, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mississippi Baptist Health System, University of Wisconsin Madison – RFID Laboratory, and Mediware Corp.) over the last 5 years.

  1. Read the entire press-release here
  2. Goto http://www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php to learn more

The applications that have been piloted at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin & the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with promising results will help Blood Centers & Hospital Blood Banks worldwide enforce compliance with standard operating procedures while improving operational efficiency across operations in Blood Centers and Hospital blood banks.

Some highlights from the Press-release:

Thanks to the outstanding work of the entire consortium team, we have successfully piloted the new system to track blood products as they move from fixed and mobile donation sites, through the blood center and to distribution. After 24 weeks of running the system in a pilot mode here at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, we have seen process efficiency and traceability gains, as well as marked improvements in reconciliation”, said Lynne Briggs, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for BloodCenter of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

Portrait  “The RFID system provided equivalent capabilities to those of IPR in terms of detecting and resolving process errors. It additionally provided the blood bank staff real-time visibility for blood products in transit from the hospital blood bank to the point-of-care and in remote storage in our emergency department.” said Dr. Thomas J. Raife, MD, Clinical Professor & Medical Director, UIHC DeGowin Blood Center.

 “This effort represents the culmination of years of hard work by the consortium members in bringing a much needed innovation to the market in a collaborative manner. We are pleased to see S3Edge taking the next steps to ensure that the cumulative efforts of the consortium benefit the transfusion medicine industry as a whole”, said Rodeina Davis who was the principal investigator for the STTR grant, and a luminary in the transfusion medicine field recognized for her role in advancing this new technology from idea to adoption.

Today’s announcement solidifies our commitment not just to create compelling technology, but to realize the vision of creating a successful product for the transfusion medicine industry. We look forward to completing the requirements for the 510(k) clearance and facilitate the technology’s potential to transform current operations in the transfusion medicine industry for all end-users” said Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based information systems consulting and services firm.

To learn more about the solution(s) please visit our website at www.s3edge.com , swing by the S3Edge booth (#579) at the AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO 2012 if you are in the Boston area from October 6-9th, 2012.or drop us a line at info@s3edge.com

Meanwhile, for the folks with a curious bent here’s a fun time-line of how this project evolved over the years and has become a beacon of successful public-private-academic partnerships can succeed with the right team…enjoy!

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Until the post, take care and hope to see you in Boston!

Cheers

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*The RFID blood product tracking system is pending 510(k) submission and is not yet commercially available in the US

The SANDY Files

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Last week, we did a press-release around the release of SANDY (our internal codename for Spotlight Android) at the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks Conference) .

Based on initial feedback received, we believe that this development is a significant leap forward in enabling not just health-care of transfusion medicine RFID applications on the mobile phone, but a game-changer to the deployment of mobile RFID apps overall.  Hence, a brief FAQ to to throw additional light on what this announcement actually means and you can also sign up for a Demo at our website  (http://www.s3edge.com/registration.php) if this piqued your curiosity,

So, w/o any further ado, here is the SANDY faq (also available @ http://www.s3edge.com/products_spotlight_android.php)

What is Spotlight for Android?

Spotlight for Android is a set of apps and services deployed on Android based phones and tablets, that connect to Spotlight Server thus enabling cross-platform mission-critical asset tracking applications.

When is it available?

A Beta of Spotlight for Android is available on the Google Nexus S today. Future plans for Nexus Prime on Android Ice-Cream Sandwich are underway.

What applications can I use on Spotlight for Android today?

Spotlight for Android will support the same set of horizontal Auto-ID applications supported on Spotlight Mobile – these include Commission, De-commission, Trace, Audit RFID tags.

Spotlight for Android will also fully support the set of Transfusion Medicine RFID apps as part of the S3Edge Healthcare Industry Solution, These include Create, Pack, Load, Ship, Audi, Trace, Delete, Return, Import, Checkin.

Can Spotlight for Android be used for other RFID-based asset tracking applications across verticals?

Absolutely – the architecture of the Spotlight Mobile platform lends itself to customization across various vertical asset tracking scenarios and requirements. Both the applications themselves and the UI look and feel can be customized and deployed in a declarative manner based on your business-specific process flows and error handling needs.

What Auto-ID technologies will Spotlight for Android work with?

Current Android platform support is centered on “NFC” (Near-field communication) technology that includes HF (High-Frequency) RFID capabilities. Barcodes and QR codes are supported as data-input to Spotlight for Android mobile apps as well.

Will other types of RFID / Auto-ID devices continue to be supported on Spotlight? And will they work in concert with or Plug and Play with the new device?

Spotlight from the ground up has been designed to support and manage a wide range of RFID and Auto-ID technologies across various form-factors (handheld, fixed, pad, tunnel readers, etc.). In following the rich tradition of heterogeneous Auto-ID device support in the base Spotlight product from S3Edge, The Nexus S from Google will be the 36th such device to be supported – and this list will only continue to grow in the future. All of these devices (from HF, to UHF, Barcode, Active, UWB, and sensor devices) will all continue to work in concert with and can Plug n Play with each other as data sources for applications deployed (and managed) on the S3Edge Spotlight server and mobile platforms.

Can apps built on Spotlight for Android be used on Android-based tablets as well?

Yes – the deployment model of the underlying Spotlight platform allows for apps to be deployed on phones or tablets, seamlessly.

Will SANDY be cloud-enabled from the get-go and what are the various modes that applications built on SANDY can run in?

The Spotlight architecture supports a cloud-based deployment architecture that simplifies data collection at local sites and allows for and significantly simpler data-exchange and integration pattern with subscribing line-of business applications as well as applications on tablets.

Apps built on SANDY can be used in Paddle mode to read and post tags to subscribing apps, or can be used to execute stand-alone business processes on the phone (such as Pack, Ship, Audit etc.) that can then be be sent to various back-end applications or synced offline as needed.

The following pictorial depicts this deployment architecture:

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And finally, Why is this such a BIG deal for adoption of RFID-based mobile apps?

There are lots of reasons why this development is a game-changer for customers looking to deploy RFID-based applications in addition to the fact that a Smartphone is now a ubiquitous device that’s carried on person by a working professional. Some of the more significant reasons for why the Spotlight for Android platform is a revolutionary RFID reader can be described as follows:

  1. Is more than twice as fast as the current readers
  2. Has better battery life than any reader on the market
  3. Is half as light as any reader on the market
  4. Has ubiquitous network connectivity and location detection
  5. Has a display screen that can also be used as an input device
  6. Costs less than half of any commercially shipping reader
  7. Has been tested by of millions of users already
  8. Is a mainstream consumer device supported by major corporations

And of course, the fact that we are going to see mass proliferation of NFC-enabled devices in the near future (40M phones projected by end of 2012) will help this along as well Smile 

In summary, we believe this is a significant advancement in enabling RFID and Auto-ID based apps across various verticals and invite you to join us sign up for a demo at  http://www.s3edge.com/registration.php to learn more and understand how this might help with your asset tracking needs.

Cheers!

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Presser: S3Edge Unveils Support for RFID Applications on Google Android-based Smartphones and Tablets

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Transfusion medicine RFID apps running on Google Nexus S smartphone showcased at the American Association of Blood Banks Annual Conference

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Spotlight for Android, a set of apps and services deployed on Android-based smartphones and tablets, was launched by S3Edge Inc. at the recently concluded American Association of Blood Banks Annual Conference 2011 in San Diego.

“The ubiquity of the Smartphone in today’s connected world, and their potential to directly impact day-day operations in a healthcare environment was a critical factor in enabling support for Android-based apps in our Spotlight suite of applications. Customers now have the freedom to run their RFID-based asset tracking applications on multiple devices across platforms due to the significant investments we continue to make in the base Spotlight product,” said Mark Anastas, President of S3Edge Inc.

“S3Edge continues to raise the bar in the area of software innovation to address customer needs. The support for Android-based devices for our transfusion medicine RFID applications will give healthcare professionals in our field an easy, well-understand interface to quickly adopt a new set of auto-ID applications aimed at cutting costs and eliminating errors in the blood supply chain,” said Clive Hohberger, PhD, RFID Systems Architect at the Blood Center of Wisconsin, and recipient of the ICCBBA One World Award at AABB 2011 for his significant contribution to the understanding and application of international information standards in transfusion and transplantation medicine. “This new-paradigm is going to be the game-changer in the adoption of RFID based applications in Healthcare,” he added.

A Beta of Spotlight for Android is available today. Mobile RFID Applications supported for Healthcare include Create, Pack, Load, Ship, Audit, Trace, Delete, Return, Import, and Check-in; these apps can be customized for material tracking applications in discrete manufacturing, warehouse operations, and tool-tracking.

To learn more please visit www.s3edge.com and sign up for a demo.

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Live Pilot Review at the AABB Annual Meeting: Actual Use of RFID in the Blood Supply Chain

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In SoCal, and interested in understand how RFID technology can transform your productivity and error detection in healthcare? Look no further – come join us at the AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO on Monday to see our mission-critical solution Transfusion Medicine RFID at work, courtesy our own Mark Anastas & Ram Venkatesh.

More details below:

AABB 2011, Monday Oct 24th 8:30 am, San Diego

Director/Moderator: Lynne Briggs, BS, MBA
Speakers: Mark Anastas, BS, MS; Rodeina Davis; Alfonso Gutierrez, BS, MS
Intended Audience: Physicians, Managers/Supervisors, CEOs/CFOs

Objectives:

  • Develop a basic understanding of RFID technology and standards for RFID use in the blood supply chain.
  • Review the importance of process with technology analysis and measuring improvement when implementing technology changes.
  • Discuss real-life perspective on introducing RFID into a large blood center and hospital.

Event Description: This is a follow-up session to review and report on the journey of a consortium of several blood centers, hospitals, academic and technology partners to bring an RFID solution to the blood industry. This session will provide initial results of actual use of RFID in a blood center environment. The session also provides a basic foundation in RFID technology, an analysis of where and why RFID was deployed and used, as well as insights into the actual gains versus those anticipated in early phases of this ambitious study and solution development. During this session, ICCBBA will present its One World Award to Clive Hohberger, PhD, recognizing his significant contribution to the understanding and application of international information standards in transfusion and transplantation medicine.

Cheers!

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Join us at the Unitech Booth next Tuesday (9/13) @ the RFID in Healthcare Event in Chicago

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We will be demoing our Industry Solution for Healthcare at the Unitech booth at the RFID in Healthcare Event coming Tuesday– look forward to seeing you there if you are in attendance.

Also, do not miss the talk by our customer (Blood Center of Wisconsin) discussing the Transfusion Medicine RFID solution we are deploying at Blood Centers and Hospitals.

2:45 PM

Vein-to-Vein Implementation of HF RFID in Blood Collection Through Transfusion

ISO 18000-3m1 13.56 MHz RFID tags have been accepted by the International Society for Blood Transfusion and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as data carriers to augment ISBT128 bar-code data on blood products. This is the first FDA-permitted implementation of RFID in all phases of blood banking. In this session, learn about RFID technology and equipment selection, as well as FDA-required RF safety testing, integration with the blood enterprise-computing system, RFID tag performance and tag survivability issues. The presenter will also discuss the benefits and deployment issues at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa Health Center.

Speakers:

Alfonso Gutierrez, UW RFID Lab Director and Director,UWEBC Research and Education
Clive P. Hohberger, Ph.D, RFID Systems Architect,BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Takeaways:

• How the use of RFID can result in significant ROI over the use of bar codes in blood-center operations, through labor savings and error reduction
• How RFID use integrates with existing ISBT128 global bar-code data structures
• Why tag design and survivability are a problem due to blood centrifugation and irradiation

New Microsoft Case Study: Blood Center Expects to Automate Product Tracking, Cut Costs with RFID Solution from S3Edge

The Microsoft case-study on our Transfusion Medicine Asset Tracking Solution for Healthcare (being deployed first at the Blood Center of Wisconsin as part of the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium) was published recently – you can read / download the case-study at the following URL:

http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Microsoft-SQL-Server-2008/BloodCenter-of-Wisconsin/Blood-Center-Expects-to-Automate-Product-Tracking-Cut-Costs-with-RFID-Solution/4000010140

Excerpt:

BloodCenter of Wisconsin provides blood and blood products to hospitals for patients in need throughout the state. In consortium with partners, the center wanted to create an automated, efficient way to reconcile and track blood products and containers. It plans to deploy a radio frequency identification solution based on Microsoft BizTalk Server RFID 2010. Once the solution is implemented, the organization expects to streamline processes, reduce errors, lower costs, and improve efficiency.

Enjoy the read and give me a shout if we can assist with a similar mission-critical solution that you might be planning.

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Presentation to the Hospital Blood Bank Supervisors Association (Transfusion Medicine Auto-ID applications being developed)

I wanted to share with you a presentation delivered recently by Clive Hohberger PhD, RFID Architect at Blood Center of Wisconsin, to the Hospital Blood Bank Supervisors Symposium in New York. The  intent of the presentation was to provide an in-depth overview of the Transfusion Medicine RFID project to track blood bags in our supply chain from donation to point of care.

This (the presentation) is a great read for end-users interested in understanding how Auto-ID technology (tags, readers, software) is being used to enhance existing business processes at Blood Centers and Hospitals,  details of applications being developed , and the status of the overall project.

You can also access the presentation from the Transfusion Medicine RFID site (click here).

Enjoy the read, and drop me or Clive a line if you have any questions.

Cheers

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