Tag Archives: Transfusion Medicine RFID

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.

Talking mission-critical RFID with Impinj

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I had an opportunity recently to talk to the awesome folks at Impinj and share some thoughts around the solutions we’ve been working on – check it out at http://www.impinj.com/blog/ and drop us a note if you have any thoughts / comments or questions,

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!

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

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.

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New Whitepaper on how Hospitals and Blood-Centers are leveraging Auto-ID to improve patient safety and trim costs.

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A fantastic read from our partner, Unitech on how how Hospitals and Blood-Centers are utilizing  Auto-ID technologies in conjunction with S3Edge Spotlight technology to  improve patient safety and cut costs.

You can read the white-paper from http://www.s3edge.com/pdf/unitech_white_paper.pdf

To learn more about the solution visit the S3Edge Healthcare  Industry Solution website (here) , and check out the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium website (here) as well.

Happy Reading!

Cheers

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HiMSS 11 this week: Swing by C Hall, booth 6348 to learn more about our healthcare solutions for real-time asset tracking and point of care patient safety

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Swing by the Unitech booth (Hall C, Booth 6348) where Mark Anastas, S3Edge President, and member of  the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium leadership team will be available to discuss (and show you a demo) of our Spotlight based Industry Solution for tracking of healthcare assets in the supply chain and point of care patient safety with Auto-ID technology.

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Monday, Feb 21, Exhibit Halls A-D *
11:30am – 5:30pm

Tuesday, Feb 22, Exhibit Halls A-D
9:30am -1:00pm
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Wednesday, Feb 23, Exhibit Halls A-D
9:30am -1:00pm
2:30pm – 5:30pm

Look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers

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Transfusion Medicine RFID @ HiMSS 11 (Sunday Feb 20, 9:15-10:15 a.m.)

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If you are at HiMSS 11, check out this great session being presented by members of the Transfusion Medicine RFID Consortium on Sunday, February 20, between 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM, on how Auto-ID technology can make a difference to patient safety in hospitals. Look forward to seeing you there!

Session Title:

Applying RFID and Barcodes to Improve Patient Safety in Transfusion Medicine

Description:
This session will focus on applying RFID technology in transfusion medicine, and will highlight the collaborative journey of one hospital and blood center. The presenters will explain how this technology can prevent errors and measure safety improvements in transfusion, ultimately improving upon patient safety.

Speaker Information:
Alfonso Gutierrez, Director, RFID Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thomas Raife, MD, Clinical Professor of Pathology & Medical Director, DeGowin Blood Center, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Objectives:

· Discuss how Auto-ID technologies can prevent errors in transfusion

· Describe how hospitals and blood centers are collaborating and learning together

· Learn new approaches for quantifying safety improvements in blood transfusion

Location:
Orange County Convention Center, Room 304 B

Cheers!

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