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Posted by Ken Lynch on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 @ 04:00 AM

RFID for Real Time Visibility in Healthcare – You Betcha

Intelligent InSitesCommunity, commitment and trust were key themes of this week’s 2nd annual Intelligent InSites Partner Summit.  Held in Fargo, ND Sept 13-15, the Intelligent InSites program attracted an impressive mix of RFID technology companies, healthcare solution providers, system integrators, healthcare market analysts and end user hospitals.

Hospital representatives in attendance presented on the value they are receiving from the InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform™ which collects and processes location and sensor data from a variety of RFID and RTLS solutions, provides a visualization of the real-time location and status of people and assets and enables solution providers to generate rule-based notifications and alerts based on the analysis of this real-time information.  Most compelling was the hard data presented by hospitals related to how RFID and RTLS systems are contributing to reduced costs, improved patient care, improved asset management and enhanced workflows.

A new InSites Enterprise Visibility Platform user interface was presented, demonstrating a notable set of capabilities including asset views, alerts, tasks, messages and reporting – all in a very elegant wrapper.

Keynote speaker Doug Burgum - current member of the Board of Directors at Intelligent InSites and former SVP at Microsoft - gave an engaging kick off presentation.  Burgum’s talk was part history lesson on successful partnerships of the past (Lewis & Clark, Alexander von Humboldt & Aimé Bonpland and the Wright Brothers) and part business lesson based on his experience at Microsoft, Great Plains and Take Care Health Systems.  Burgum highlighted how Courage, Caring, Commitment and Community, along with an underlying foundation of trust, can create and change markets. 

Industry analyst/advisor and CEO of ChainLink Research, Ann Grackin, presented a compelling view of the connected healthcare landscape and the significant impact that technology is having on the way healthcare is being delivered today and will be delivered in the future. 

Rapid fire presentations were given by no fewer than 20 technology, OEM and Integration partners, demonstrating the success Intelligent InSites has had in building its partner community.

RFID, WiFi, voice, mobile devices and software as a service (SaaS) are established and emerging technologies that are significantly impacting the delivery of healthcare services.  Intelligent InSites’ desire to support all of these technologies has resulted in a powerful platform for healthcare networks, hospitals, clinics, and outpatient, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities looking for ways to improve patient care.

In his closing remarks, Doug Burgum left the audience with a quote from American cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead:

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

A good corporate philosophy and approach to build a successful company?  Yup, you betcha.

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Healthcare, RTLS

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