Improving the Quality and Cost of Healthcare Delivery: The Potential of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology – RAND – May 2010

Posted on May 27, 2010. Filed under: Health Technology Assessment | Tags: , |

Improving the Quality and Cost of Healthcare Delivery: The Potential of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology – RAND – May 2010
 
By: Anna-Marie Vilamovska
Pages: 291
Document Number: RGSD-239

“This study investigates whether an upcoming class of health information technology (HIT) can be used to address currently outstanding issues in the quality and cost of healthcare delivery. Expert interviews and a literature review were used to describe the 2009 universe of in- and outpatient healthcare RFID applications and to identify those applications expected to have the largest positive impact on the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery over the next five to ten years. Next, case studies of actual RFID implementations across seven hospital sites in the U.S. and Europe were conducted to gain an understanding of how each leading RFID application type creates value, what aspects of care it impacts, and what the critical factors driving the promising RFID’s organizational benefits and costs are. As part of this work, an original set of healthcare RFID cost-benefit evaluation tools was developed and tested. The study’s findings indicate that in contrast to other types of HIT, the majority of benefits associated with successful RFID implementation are directly related to money saved (occurring as direct capital and operational cost savings), and that select RFID applications can substantially impact both the cost (e.g., efficiency) and the quality (e.g., timeliness, capacity for continuous improvement) of care delivery. Critical challenges for RFID adoption are described.”

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ANSI Approves HIBCC Standard That Addresses RFID/Medical Device Safety Concerns – 31 July 2009

Posted on August 4, 2009. Filed under: Health Informatics, Health Technology Assessment | Tags: , , |

ANSI Approves HIBCC Standard That Addresses RFID/Medical Device Safety Concerns
July 31, 2009

“Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) HIBC for Product Identification has been given final approval by the American National Standards Institute ( ANSI). Also known as ANSI/HIBC 4.0, the new standard was developed by the Health Industry Business Communications Council (HIBCC), an accredited global standards development organization that was founded in 1983 to promote patient safety by creating industry-supported non-proprietary standards for healthcare product identification.

The RFID standard was already in early development phases when in June, 2008; the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the results of a study of electromagnetic interference (EMI) with medical equipment and devices in critical care environments from RFID technologies. The study concluded that ultra high frequency (UHF) from RFID and UHF interfered with medical devices in 63% of the tests conducted.”

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Study on the requirements and options for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) application in healthcare: Final report – RAND – 20 July 2009

Posted on July 21, 2009. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Study on the requirements and options for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) application in healthcare: Final report – RAND – 20 July 2009

By: Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Helen Rebecca Schindler, Lorenzo Valeri, Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Evi Hatziandreu, Annalijn Conklin

“This report provides an assessment of the main drivers, obstacles and uncertainties surrounding the deployment of RFID in healthcare in Europe. It identifies the most promising RFID applications in healthcare delivery by reviewing potential for increasing patient safety and the reduction of costs. The analysis is based on a thorough review of academic and grey literature and available data sets, a Delphi survey of experts followed by semi-structured key informant interviews, and seven case studies of RFID applications across Europe and the US. The report assesses individual cases to identify the potential and real costs and benefits of RFID deployment in healthcare, as well as the critical success and failure factors of RFID implementation programmes in practice. A framework is presented for conducting actual cost-benefit analyses in the future and to stimulate the effective monitoring and capturing of cost-benefit data in care delivery settings.”

Contents

Chapter One:
Introduction

Chapter Two:
Deploying RFID in Healthcare in Europe: Drivers, obstacles and critical uncertainties

Chapter Three:
Assessing the costs and benefits of RFID: a review of case studies

Chapter Four:
Identifying the most promising RFID applications in healthcare

Appendix A:
List of interviewees

Appendix B:
Delphi methodology and results

Appendix C:
Case Study RFID Application Descriptions

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Study on the requirements and options for RFID application in healthcare – RAND, 2009

Posted on May 20, 2009. Filed under: Health Informatics | Tags: , |

Study on the requirements and options for RFID application in healthcare: Identifying areas for Radio Frequency Identification deployment in health care delivery: A review of relevant literature RAND Corporate Technical Report TR-608-EC 2009

By: Anna-Marie Vilamovska, Evi Hatziandreu, Helen Rebecca Schindler, Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau, Han de Vries, Joachim Krapels

“This document is the first deliverable of the RFID & Health project. It provides an overview of the state of the art in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) applications in healthcare delivery.

Some 325 sources have been reviewed in order to draft three ‘long-lists’ of applications, enablers and barriers of RFID deployment. In the next phase of the project, these will be validated and prioritised through expert interviews and a Delphi survey. Case studies will be used to further assess the costs and benefits of the most promising applications.

The list of sources which have been reviewed for this report is believed to cover all important scientific publications, policy documents and relevant articles from the professional press, in Europe, North America and Asia, related to the topic of RFID applications in healthcare. In addition, more general literature on RFID — technology, market, enablers and barriers — has also been covered.

Primarily, the report provides a basis for the rest of the study. As a stand-alone document it gives the reader an overview of all relevant issues related to RFID deployment in healthcare delivery. The line is deliberately drawn not to include the pharmaceutical industry, counterfeiting of drugs and tracking of medical devices as they move through the supply chain. This study is primarily focused on the delivery of patient care, mostly within the context of the hospital, but also including telemedicine applications.”

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