Top 'Intelligent Hospitals' named

RFID in Healthcare Consortium lauds innovative use of RTLS, wireless sensors

The RFID in Healthcare Consortium has announced the recipients of its first-ever Intelligent Hospital Awards, which recognize users of advanced wireless technologies to improve patient care and gain efficiencies.

The RFID in Healthcare Consortium (RHCC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and educating the Life Sciences community on the adoption of technologies such as auto-ID, near-field communication (NFC), radio frequency identification (RFID), real-time locating systems (RTLS), sensors and other wireless technologies in hospitals, assisted living settings and more.

RHCC announced the winners in four categories:

  • Improving Regulatory Compliance. This award went to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Integrated Service Network 11 (VISN 11) and Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System Sterile Processing Services (VAAAHS SPS). The recipients are VAAAHS SPS Chief Robin McLeod and VISN 11 Biomedical Engineering Point of Contact Michael McDonald, in Indianapolis..

  • Most Innovative Use Case. This was awarded to Group Health Cooperative in Seattle. The award will be received by Donnell Coomes, enterprise project management, senior project director at Group Health.

  • Improving the Patient Experience: Care and Safety. Florida Hospital Celebration Health, in Celebration, Fla. was recognized for its use of technology to improve the care delivery process. Ashley Simmons, director of the hospital's performance improvement department, will receive the award.

  • Best Comprehensive Integration. This award went to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Ore. The recipients are Dennis Minsent, director, clinical technology services; Angela Baltz, clinical engineer; and Chris Coffman, senior applications engineer, IT Healthcare Professional Services Applications.

Award recipients have been invited to participate in the Intelligent Hospital Awards Ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2013, at the HIMSS13 conference and exhibition. There, the 2013 RHCC/Intelligent Hospital Grand Award will be announced, selected from the recipients of the four awards listed above.

Two other nominations were recognized by the judges, RHCC officials note. The finalists in the category of Best Comprehensive Integration are Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta.

The judges for the first annual Intelligent Hospital Awards were University of California-San Francisco Professor Donna Hudson, Georgia Tech Institute Professor Gisele Bennet, University of Wisconsin Distinguished Researcher Alfonso Gutierrez and RFID 24-7 editor-in-chief John Johnson.

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