The Impact of RFID / RTLS in Healthcare, Enhancing Patient Care and Optimizing Workflow and Business Processes


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The IEEE-MTT Washington DC Northern Virginia joint Chapter In collaboration with the Council of RFID cordially invites you to a Distinguished lecture by Dr. Paul Frisch, FHIMSS, titled ““The Impact of RFID / RTLS in Healthcare, Enhancing Patient Care and Optimizing Workflow and Business Processes”and a night of science and history at the Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria on October 25t5,2016 at 6:30 pm reception, 7:00-8:30 pm lecture, followed with a no-host dinner with the speaker at Columbia Firehouse, an old town restaurant.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 25 Oct 2016
  • Time: 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • 201 S Washington St
  • Alexandria, Virginia
  • United States 22314
  • Building: The Lyceum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Room Number: Second Floor
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  • Contact MTT Chair Kiki Ikossi to register for the event


Paul Frisch PhD Paul Frisch PhD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


The Impact of RFID / RTLS in Healthcare, Enhancing Patient Care and Optimizing Workflow and Business Processes

Over the last decade the changing healthcare environment has driven hospitals to critically evaluate and optimize their operations to enhance patient treatment and care, while focusing on financial constraints.   The hospitals have moved to support an increasing outpatient care environment, driving an increasing in-patient acuity levels.

Increasingly important to optimizing hospital operations is the integration of real time locations systems (RTLS), providing unique identification, location, tracking, and association of institutions critical assets, including patients, safety, devices and inventory. If we consider the processes associated with patient care and management there is a consistent dependence on establishing a unique identification and association of patients, staff, devices, supplies, samples and pharmaceuticals. The deployment of RTLS based solutions provides a basis for establishing a standardized methodology for this identification and association.

RTLS has enabled multiple applications or use cases to enhance safety, optimize workflow, supply management and validate processes providing a new level of business intelligence in the hospitals operations as well as providing new and enhanced levels of patient safety.   Outlined below is a subset of RTLS applications which directly enhance patient care, safety and satisfaction as well enabling direct impact to optimize hospital operations.

Passive RFID Applications:

  • Supply Management and Tracking

  • Surgical Tray Tracking

  • Surgical Sponge & Instrument Tracking & Verification

  • Pharmaceutical – Medication Administration

  • Laboratory Sample Collection & Archiving

  • Small Devices / Inventory

  • Patient Centric Identification & Association

  • Verification of Process

  • Cleaning or Decontamination Processes

Active RFID Applications:

  • Inventory Management

  • Locating & Tracking Critical Devices

  • PM Compliance

  • Asset Utilization

  • Shrinkage – security

  • Workflow and Management

  • Staff Tracking

  • Identification & Association

  • Hand Hygiene Compliance

  • Metrics on Dynamic Time Sequence of Events

  • Staff Duress

  • Dashboards

  • Optimization of Processes

  • Temperature & Humidity Measurement


Paul Frisch is currently an Associate Attending in the Department of Medical Physics and the Chief of Biomedical Engineering at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In addition he has an appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He currently serves on technical committees and advisory boards including IEEE Committee on RFID, Health Systems Solutions, Cardiopulmonary Corp and serves as the President & Chief Technical Officer for the RFID in Healthcare Consortium and Chief Technical Officer of the Intelligent Health Association.

Responsibilities include:

1: The investigation of new and evolving technologies and their potential integration into clinical applications to enhance patient care, safety and satisfaction within the medical center. These have focused on integrated solutions between medical devices and systems, connectivity, wireless sensors, RTLS / RFID, informatics and data delivery to the electronic medical record and to the care providers at the point of care.

2: The management of existing technology and equipment, providing repair, calibration and preventive maintenance services to ensure regulatory compliance.

3: Translational research: Current areas of research include electromagnetic field induced gene expression focusing on the identification of promoter sequences sensitive to specific electromagnetics fields which could be used as gene therapy initiators. Previous experiences include research in human biodynamics investigating human response to transitory acceleration, such as crash-impact and aircraft ejection and robotic applications in pharmaceutical development. Paul Frisch has a Doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton and Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Paul Frisch PhD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


The Impact of RFID / RTLS in Healthcare, Enhancing Patient Care and Optimizing Workflow and Business Processes



  • Door opens at 6:30pm
    • Free parking available at the Lyceum on a first-come basis
    • Metered parking on the street, free after 9:00pm
    • Additional parking at 111 S Pitt St (directions, tel.: (877) 385-4113 for parking prices)
    • Metro stop: Yellow and Blue Line, King street Metro Station (directions)
    • Free King Street Trolley (info)

  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm lecture
  • Dinner with Dr. Paul Frisch will follow after the lecture
    • The dinner is a no-host event
    • The restaurnat is Columbia Firehouse,

  • Please, RSVP by email for a preliminary headcount for the restaurant.

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