May 20, 2008 - Shipcom Wireless Inc. said today it was selected by the Air Force Surgeon General's Office to review the current uses of RFID technology across the Air Force Medical Service and then pilot RFID systems to improve clinical operations at the Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.
David Baker, a clinical engineer with the Air Force Surgeon General's office said the project expands from just asset tracking to tracking lab specimens, medications, and possibly patients. He said the biggest shortfall to this point is the lack of a well defined business case that clearly shows the technology saves bottom line dollars.
The project will involve a baseline assessment of the existing implementations of RFID at Air Force medical centers, using Shipcomï¿½s HOCAM (Hospital Operational and Clinical Assessment Model). This assessment will be followed by recommendations on how the Air Force can most effectively utilize RFID and related technologies to improve patient care and make clinical processes more efficient. Shipcom will model and implement specific RFID solutions at Keesler Medical Center using Shipcom's x/Care suite of healthcare applications, including the patient care module p/Care and the Asset Management module a/Care.
The initial phase of this multi-year project will begin with Shipcom doing an extensive study across numerous military hospitals, including the Keesler Medical Center, to analyze process bottlenecks and technology challenges. This innovative and far-reaching contract will enable Shipcom to produce model applications that can be replicated across military hospitals and other healthcare establishments supported by sound business cases.
"We believe that most healthcare organizations - both military and civilian - face similar challenges when it comes to ensuring patient safety and improving efficiency. The x2/ Care suite of applications have been developed with a deep-rooted understanding of these challenges," said Scott Cobb, senior vice president of Federal and Healthcare Systems. "It is our honor to be able to provide technology that helps ensure patient safety and increase process efficiency at our military hospitals."
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