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iTrace for Blood Centers receives FDA 510(k) clearance

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Auto-ID based tracking system developed as a result of a National Institute of Health STTR Grant secures FDA 510(k) pre-market clearance, SysLogic initiates transfer to S3Edge.

Read the entire press-release here

Goto http://www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php to learn more

“This effort represents the culmination of years of hard work by Rodeina Davis (principle investigator for the STTR grant, and a luminary in the transfusion medicine field), and the consortium members in bringing a much
needed innovation to the market in a collaborative manner. The FDA 510(k) clearance and commercialization will ensure that the cumulative efforts of the consortium benefit the transfusion medicine industry as a whole”,
said Lynne Briggs VP and CIO at BloodCenter of Wisconsin. “Our pilot of iTrace for Blood Centers showed marked improvements in efficiency and accuracy in reconciling and tracking blood products from collections
through distribution”.

“We are happy to now initiate the transfer of the 510K clearance to S3Edge to enable further commercialization of iTrace for Blood Centers. Today’s announcement showcases our commitment not just to create compelling
technology, but to realize the vision of creating a successful product for the transfusion medicine industry” said Tina Chang, CEO of SysLogic, Inc., a Brookfield, Wisconsin-based information systems consulting and
services firm, one of the founding members of the consortium and awardee of the STTR grant.

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“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 to the point-of-care and in remote storage in our emergency department. We are excited by the potential of this technology to further improve transfusion safety in operating rooms because of its hands-free non-invasive nature” said Dr. Thomas J. Raife, MD, Clinical Professor & Medical Director, UIHC DeGowin Blood Center.

“As the exclusive commercialization partner selected by the RFID Consortium, this is an exciting development that enables us to broadly market and deploy iTrace for Blood Centers. We look forward to completing the requirements for the transfer of the 510K from SysLogic and bringing this solution to the market. This significant milestone could not have happened without the efforts, guidance and leadership of the consortium. We look forward to working in tandem with this team of health care stakeholders and distinguished researchers
to ensure Blood Centers around the world can take full advantage of this new system”, said Mark Anastas, President of S3Edge Inc.

The mission-critical RFID journey continues: this time around in the transfusion medicine field.

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Great article by Claire from RFID Journal on the work we’ve been doing in the Transfusion Medicine supply chain. Read about it below, and check out www.s3edge.com/healthcare.php for more information.

Consortium Pilot Finds RFID Improves Efficiency of Blood Supply Chain

An interesting snippet from the piece that captures the essence of the overall solution:

The consortium found that the use of RFID during the pilot resulted in a 33 percent reduction in reconciliation issues or misplaced products at the blood-donation points, as well as an 87 percent decrease in reconciliation issues or misplaced products when blood arrived at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s headquarters. In addition, efficiency during final inventory check-in at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin increased by 63 percent. At the hospital, product visibility was improved and the correct blood product was delivered to patient bedsides without a single error, for a total of 144 transfusions.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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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

Cheers

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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

SANDY: what customers are saying

The image below says it all, and its always nice to have end-users validate the work you do – THANK YOU Clive, and the team here looks forward to continuing to raise the bar in customer satisfaction and software innovation!

Drop us a line to discuss your asset tracking needs be it with RFID, barcodes, or sensors – we look forward to being of assistance!

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Cheers!

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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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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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American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) Annual Meeting, a Success!

The Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium’s exhibit at the AABB CTTXPO October 10-12, 2010 is being described as having been very beneficial by members of the Consortium who manned the booth.

Rodeina Davis, RFID Program Director and Vice President and CIO at BloodCenter of Wisconsin, noted that “The stream of visitors was steady throughout the exhibit period and both hospital and blood center visitors expressed high interest in the work we’re doing.”

We presented live demonstrations of some of the more striking and meaningful processes that are enhanced and automated when using RFID technology in blood centers and hospital transfusion services – below are some images from the show for your viewing pleasure 😉

 

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Poster explaining the RFID-based solution to track blood bags in the transfusion medicine supply chain

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Airport style display for transfusion services at hospitals with real-time updates on status of blood bags (dispensed, being used in transfusion, or completed)

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RFID-tagged Blood Bags with Spotlight Mobile Point of Care Application

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Automated check-in of blood bags shown using a mini-Tagsys ‘tunnel’ reader

 

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Ram Venkatesh, S3Edge CEO demonstrating the system at work to the FDA

 

We also hosted a session at the AABB itself on Monday morning with some 100 odd folks from the industry in attendance.

For those who might have missed the demonstrations at our exhibit, the videos are accessible to you on this website’s main page (will be published on the blog soon as well). We have also included the presentation from our AABB session in the Downloads section of this website.

We want to thank all those who visited us. Any questions or requests can be sent to us at info@transfusionmedicinerfid.org and we have also included the presentation from our AABB session in the Downloads section of our website –> www.transfusionmedicinerfid.org

 

Cheers!

 

Anush & the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium Team.

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Join us at the AABB (formerly known as American Association of Blood Banks) Annual Meeting & CTTXPO 2010 in Baltimore

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This weekend to Tuesday (October 9-12th) ,we will be participating in the annual AABB Annual Meeting & CTTXPO 2010  as part of the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium to demonstrate the first set of mission critical apps to enable end-end tracking of blood and blood products as described in my previous post.

If you are going to be at the show, visit us at Booth #102 anytime during the show, and join us for an education session on ‘RFID in the Blood Product Supply Chain project’ on Monday (October 11th)  between 4-6:30 PM where Lynne Briggs of Blood Center of Wisconsin, industry expert, Clive Hohberger ,Alfonso Gutierrez from the UW-Madison RFID Lab, and Mark Anastas from S3Edge will present an update on the RFID in the Blood Product Supply Chain project (educational panel #9326-TC-IT).

That’s it for this week – more after the show, and if happen to be in the DC / Baltimore area, and would like to connect to learn more, drop me a line!

Cheers!

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