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HIMSS13 to showcase expanding role of intelligent hospitals

During the 2013 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, attendees can visit the over 13,000 square-foot Intelligent Hospital Pavilion (Booth 8711) at the Exhibition Hall on March 4, 5 and 6.

According to Harry Pappas, CEO of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium, the mission of the Intelligent Hospital is to educate clinicians, other healthcare professionals and the broader life sciences community on facilitating increased patient safety, improved clinical work flow and better access and real time dissemination of  information to the point of care. To that end, the Pavilion will include real-time demonstrations of integrated solutions using auto-ID, RFID, RTLS, mobile devices, and sensor and wireless technologies in a patient care environment.

This year, the Pavilion will be comprised of approximately 30 to 36 kiosks of different shapes and sizes that will all come with a computer monitor, broadband, hardwired internet connection, AC, chairs and brochure racks. The Pavilion will also incorporate a series of five connecting hospital rooms that include an operating room suite, war room, ICU/stepdown, ED and hospital pharmacy.

Pappas said the educational demonstrations at the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion will deliver a number of compelling use cases across collaborating vendors that will highlight how multiple technologies can seamlessly, interoperate with state-of-the-art medical equipment and co-exist to improve the overall patient care environment.

The Pavilion will also showcase numerous unique use cases and solutions simulating typical scenarios within the OR, ICU, ER, ambulance and pharmacy.  Moreover, this year the Pavilion will include a virtual Intelligent Hospital environment.

Visitors will be able to take tours of the Intelligent Hospital conducted by volunteer staff, said Pappas. They will be able to see and hear a detailed explanation of the various technologies and processes within this area. The tour guides will be demonstrating different passive RFID and RTLS use cases that demonstrate the ability to capture patient data in a real time environment, with the aid of hand-held mobile devices, then transmitting this data onto the hospital EMR and delivering it to clinicians’ iPads, iPhones and Blackberries.

Pappas added that unlike other Pavilions at HIMSS, this Pavilion is by invitation only and is focused on delivering a unified educational message from its sponsors to end users. He said corporate sponsors should use this Pavilion to get healthcare professionals interested in their technology/solution, then have them visit their larger booths at HIMSS.

More information on the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion can be found at www.himssconference.org.

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