Everyday RFID – What You Can’t See is Making Your Life Easier

Posted by Ken Lynch on Mon, Jul 16, 2012 @ 02:41 PM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Apparel, Consumer Goods

BigBangIn a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory, the studio audience had a good hearty laugh about a character’s use of RFID – tagging, scanning, and tracking every item of his clothing – to “simplify” the process of packing for a weekend trip. Though we shared in the laughter as Sheldon happily takes only three hours and eleven minutes to enable himself to track the distance to and weather conditions around each pair of his socks, one question does come to mind: just how far-fetched is the idea of everyday RFID use for consumers?

While the sitcom character is making an exaggerated and absurd use of the technology, finding it necessary to explain step-by-step the elaborate system he’s created, the truth is that RFID has become so integrated into our society that most people don’t even realize just how much they benefit from it.  In fact, if on a typical day of errands, you drove your child to a doctor’s appointment, swung by the public library, and treated yourself to a little shopping, you could encounter RFID at every stop along the way. RFID in your keys gets you into your car. RFID in your toll pass keeps you moving along the highway. RFID in hospitals tracks your son or daughter’s medicine. RFID in library cards tracks the books you’ve checked out. RFID in clothing tags tells retailers if your favorite styles are in stock (they should be, with the technology uniting the supply chain as well). And the list goes on.

However, if you were ever to strike up a conversation with someone about how cool and useful RFID is, you would get a lot of reactions eerily similar to that of the character’s roommate in the The Big Bang Theory clip. But perhaps that is a testament to just how effective RFID is as an integrated technology. It’s becoming so pervasive that people don’t realize it’s been making their lives easier and will continue to do so on much broader levels as it gets more widely adopted by both businesses and consumers. So while our friends from The Big Bang Theory continue their back-and-forth (and somewhere, someone plays the laugh track on repeat), the reality is that RFID typically isn’t even part of the conversation – it’s in the background simplifying data collection and enhancing processes so we can concentrate on our everyday activities.

Out with Dewey Decimal, In with RFID

Posted by Ken Lynch on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Inventory Management, Asset Management, Library Book Tracking

Melvil DeweyMy guess is that Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey wouldn't be too upset with advancements of today's library systems. Dewey was a pioneering influence in the development of libraries in America at the beginning of the 20th century. And yes, he is best known for the classification system that is used in most public and school libraries - know as the Dewey Decimal System.

But the decimal system was just one of a long list of Dewey's innovations. Dewey is also known for the creation of hanging vertical files and for founding the Library Bureau, a private company created "for the definite purpose of furnishing libraries with equipment and supplies of unvarying correctness and reliability."

Hmmm... sounds a little like what RFID aims to do - improve processes by applying a technology that delivers "unvarying correctness and reliability".

Leave it to RFID to handily replace a system that’s been in place for 135 years. RFID in libraries is not a new concept, but we wanted to dedicate today’s blog post to it for a few reasons.

The more well-known uses for RFID in libraries are for anti-theft measures and to reduce the amount of time required to perform circulation operations. The time savings are a result of the fact that information can be read from RFID tags much faster than from barcodes, and several books in a stack can be read at the same time. Using wireless technology, it becomes much easier and faster to update the inventory and identify the books that are misplaced.

Aside from the common and very useful deployments, there are many more uses of RFID in libraries. For example, people can find exactly where a book is, even if it’s on the wrong shelf or even in the wrong section. That’s a key element that sets RFID apart from the Dewey Decimal System. Sorry Mr. Dewey.

Another not-so-known benefit is that RFID can be used to track reference books which are used at the library instead of being taken out. Without RFID, the only way to know which items were being used frequently, was for a librarian to actually see the books in use and which ones were being left on tables; obviously not a precise method. Barcoding, Inc. has developed an RFID system that tells librarians how often books are taken from shelves, and how long they are off the shelf. With this system, seldom used reference materials can be kept in storage rooms, leaving the shelf space for the more popular books.

Barcodes, which are most commonly used today, can be replaced with RFID tags which last much longer. Remember when we took out a book from the school library and you wrote your name and date on a card that went in a pocket on the inside cover? I do. Those were replaced by barcodes, and now it may be time for them to retire. RFID tags last longer than barcodes because fewer things come into contact with them. Many are placed inside the cover or binding. Some RFID vendors claim approximately 100,000 transactions before a tag may need to be replaced.

You may be saying to yourself, is it really necessary to deploy RFID systems in libraries? I bet you remember (again, I do) looking for a book for a school project and finding the empty space on the shelf where it was supposed to be, and the librarian was certain that the book had not been taken out. You either had to look around on nearby shelves hoping it was close by, or come back the next day hoping it turned up and was put back in its place. Either way, the school project got completed and we somehow survived.

But, ask yourself this question. Can libraries afford not to implement an RFID system? As noted by consultant Karen Coyle, library circulation, the primary function where RFID can make a significant impact, is increasing, while library budgets are on the decline. As with most RFID projects, they can be easily integrated with a minimal up-front investment. They can provide a speedy ROI, helping control circulation costs that are on the rise.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather know that my hometown library is still around and doing well, event at the expense of the Dewey Decimal System.

Hospitals Should Consider a Phased Approach to Deploying RFID

Posted by Ken Lynch on Thu, Feb 16, 2012 @ 03:57 PM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical Tracking, Patient Tracking, Asset Management

Wireless HospitalIn our last post about RFID in healthcare, we explored the benefits of Passive UHF RFID. 

RFID in general presents many benefits for the healthcare industry, such as high value asset tracking, materials management, patient and staff workflow, and being used to support compliance with industry mandates and regulations including Sarbanes-Oxley, JACHO and OSHA. Because of the variety of applications and departmental functions that can be supported by an RFID visibility solution, selecting the right solution, or even the right project to begin with, can be daunting.

Many hospitals have Wi-Fi infrastructures for their voice and data processing needs. However, few have the density of Wi-Fi access points necessary for accurate real-time location tracking. Implementing a new WLAN infrastructure, or even just updating the Wi-Fi coverage, can be costly. Even with the necessary Wi-Fi coverage, RTLS/Wi-Fi based tags may not work well for certain applications. Such hurdles can include large tag size, time-limited battery life, required periodic re-calibration to maintain location accuracy and limitations in high interference areas like radiology.

Implement Passive RFID First

While RFID technologies can help achieve certain objectives and lower costs, it is still necessary to consider the cost of infrastructure changes and time commitment required from hospital IT staff.  With this in mind, a proven and practical approach is to start with low cost and easy to implement Gen2 Passive RFID. It limits the work required to the existing infrastructure and helps control costs. Gen 2 passive readers and tags can utilize the existing data processing network infrastructure and, in many cases, do not require extensive IT staff involvement to deploy. By utilizing lower cost, easy to deploy passive RFID-based systems as the initial step, hospitals can significantly improve productivity, offer enhanced patient services, and improve quality of care within current budget and IT program restraints – while having invested in a platform for growth.

A variety of reader and tag combinations allows hospitals to choose where they would like to deploy a Passive RFID visibility solution, usually based on where the need is greatest. The flexibility lets the hospitals be behind the wheel vs. being bound by any limitations from the technology. For example, a hospital can begin by tracking high-value mobile equipment such as wheelchairs, stretchers, crash carts, infusion pumps, etc. Other items in the hospital setting that can be monitored with RFID include:

  • Item-level pieces – surgical instruments and dressings, medicines, linens and uniforms
  • Medical records – files, documents, x-rays and other diagnostic images. RFID systems support the rollout of the electronic health records.
  • Patient movement and identification for proper administration of associated treatment plans

As the first high-value mobile equipment phase is completed and begins to yield a return on investment, the hospital can embark on the next phase. This phased approach allows a hospital department to measure and manage asset, material, patient and/or staff flow and productivity through each stage of the process. It’s been proven to deliver a near-immediate return on investment.

To learn more, download our case study: Greenville Hospital Deploys Integrated RFID Solution for Operating Room Asset Tracking

Check ThingMagic out at HIMSS where we’ll be showcasing healthcare operations made better with Passive RFID.

Leading Oncology Clinics Recognize Merits of RFID

Posted by Ken Lynch on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:55 AM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Healthcare, Patient Tracking, Access Control, Document Management

XECAN RFIDThe state of Massachusetts has long been considered a hub for technology innovation and medical research. So, it’s no wonder that RFID linked the two together in our own backyard.

Recently, ThingMagic announced that several leading oncology clinics had deployed RFID solutions in order to improve patient safety and radiation treatment reliability. In the cases of Commonwealth Newburyport Cancer Center, Lahey Clinic and Jordan Hospital, they looked to RFID to help eliminate “wrong patient, wrong treatment,” commonly associated with human error.

The cure has arrived! No, it’s not medicine. It’s innovation with RFID. In the image to the left, a Jordan Hospital patient is wearing a XECAN lanyard with an RFID badge. When the patient walks into a CT scan room he is identified automatically by a ThingMagic Astra UHF RFID Reader installed in that room. Because of the extended read range of the reader, patients need only pass within approximately 15 feet to be recognized. Not to worry. Patient-identifiable information can only be viewed within the clinic, and only by authorized staff members.

When the patient's badge is read, their chart and treatment plan are immediately opened by the XECAN system. If another patient’s chart is open in the system at the time the new patient arrives at the CT scan room, the first chart is closed and the chart of the patient who is physically present is automatically opened. Treatment devices are also tagged so that they can be detected by ThingMagic Astra readers during treatment. Radiation cannot be started if treatment devices are incorrect or missing. Thi added measure of reliability delivered by the XECAN system gives patients and doctors peace of mind.

By automatically identifying the patient, the system eliminates the need for the patient to correct the spelling of their name or reiterate their appointment time, for example, when they have already signed up for an emotionally and physically taxing day. Reducing the manual tasks of the hospital staff allows them to spend more quality time with the patients.

In this application, RFID also replaces ID cards with barcodes which can often be cumbersome for the patients to scan if they’ve become worn.

When you put it all together – fewer manual tasks for clinicians, peace of mind for the patient and improved reliability for the doctors - the oncology clinics mentioned can offer a far more inviting medical experience. The situation allows for a more successful treatment. And who wouldn’t want that?

If you would like more information about this deployment, please download our case study:

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We plan to check in with these Massachusetts clinics in a few months to see how the implementation is going and if they’ve discovered even more unexpected benefits from using the RFID system.

We're also interested in your thoughts about the use of RFID in healthcare.  Where to you think it will have the most impact? What RFID-based systems are most effective? Is it best to start with small departmental deployments and scale or go for a full enterprise-wide deployment from the start?

Going Green with Xerafy for RFID

Posted by Ken Lynch on Mon, Jun 13, 2011 @ 09:57 AM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Tool Tracking, RFID tags

Dennis KhooThe following guest post has been provided by Dennis Khoo, CEO and Founder of Xerafy.  For more information about the powerful combination of ThingMagic RFID readers and Xerafy RFID tags, please contact sales@thingamgic.com or sales@xerafy.com.

There’s a lot of enthusiasm around going green lately.  From recycling paper to reducing carbon footprints, companies are now very aware of the impact their business can have on the environment. Yet, have you ever considered how RFID technology would be able to support the green initiative?

RFID has been around for a while, you have probably use it today when you get out of the car park, check out a library book, gain access to your office and maybe to make a payment for your coffee. RFID is used to track many things from retail clothing to livestock. It’s a technology that can provide organizations with unprecedented improved visibility and traceability of items throughout their journey in the value chain.

At Xerafy, in addition to our green logo, we like the fact that our RFID technology is not only allowing businesses to be more efficient but also allowing companies to reduce waste, over consumption and limit the carbon footprint. By enabling more industries to use RFID with the smallest and most rugged tags on the market and working with partners like ThingMagic, Xerafy empowers our customers to do the following: reduce, reuse, and recycle with RFID.

Reducing consumption - RFID tracking of tools and equipment increases product utilization and reduces theft, loss, and requirements for redundant supplies.

Reuse of containers – Tracking returnable transit containers with RFID can ensure containers are returned and managed.

Reuse of tools, and equipment – Utilizing RFID tracking for maintenance and repair calibration records ensures that parts last longer and are verified for quality checks.

Recycle – RFID tracking of parts from point of manufacture to end of life can allow customers to return to manufacturers to recycle or ensure proper disposal is taken.

Xerafy is committed to bringing innovative tag solutions to help our customers meet their individual needs and help the environment.  We have a suite of different EPC UHF tags built for industrial markets for reliable identification of on-metal parts, embed-in-metal assets, and versatile tags that can perform over a wide range of materials including metals and plastics. Let us know how your company has helped the environment with RFID on our Facebook page.

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RFID for Counting Bees. Really?

Posted by Ken Lynch on Fri, Dec 03, 2010 @ 03:50 PM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Food Safety, Agriculture

Beekeepers, Farmers, Buyers and Consumers Benefit from Hive Monitoring

BeesDo you know what portion of the average diet is directly attributed to honey bee pollination? According to estimates, over one-third of the calories in an average American's diet comes from honey bee-pollinated food – including a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries.  That’s an incredible statistic if you think about it, and may give you pause the next time you reach to swat a honey bee flying around your summer picnic food.

Given the importance of the honey bee in the food chain, it is no surprise that farmers and beekeepers are concerned with keeping the bee population safe.  And, yes, believe it or not, RFID is being used in several ways to do so.

RFID for Beehive ID & Production Control

Like many components of an agricultural or manufacturing process, a beehive is a valuable asset.  As such, it is important for beekeepers to know where their hives are and whether they’ve been tended to properly.  By applying RFID to their processes, beekeepers, industrial buyers and producers can get real-time visibility into the complete production chain.

A solution from Apitrack for example, includes RFID tags, handheld RFID readers and software that allows users to collect production data from extraction rooms, fractioning rooms and warehouses.  The result is real-time data that can be used for the traceability and safety of honey, wax and pollen.

RFID for Beehive Monitoring

Stealing a beehive has never been high on my list.  This probably has something to do with my fear of bees after finding out the hard way that I’m allergic to bee stings.  But, apparently hive theft is an issue for commercial farmers and beekeepers.  Commercial farmers often import honey bees to pollinate numerous food crops during a planting season. In fact, pollination service providers supply nearly two and a half million colonies of honey bees each year to pollinate the nation's crops.  And, due to their value and rental cost ($150 - $200), beehives have become a target for theft. 

To help protect beekeepers’ assets and farmers’ investments, Bee Alert has develop Hive Sentry, an RFID-enabled antitheft system that alerts owners when hives in the field are being moved.  Bee thieves beware - Bee Alert has also worked with the U.S. Army to train bees for military applications, so you may want to think twice before you try to steal a box filled with an ornery queen and her busy subjects.

RFID Inside the Hive

Honey bees have two major jobs in life – gathering food (pollen and nectar) and raising more bees.  Given their short lifespan of only a few weeks, honey bees are constantly producing a supply of replacements.  For beekeepers, this means inspecting hives in order to determine the colony’s health.  Frank Linton, a beekeeper and engineer, suggests in an RFID Journal article that RFID sensors could be used to measure the internal heat of a beehive to inform the beekeeper of the overall colony’s health and help to determine if any corrective action may be needed.

RFID for Counting Bees.  Really?

Beyond the anti-theft systems offered by Bee Alert, the company has also proposed a system that counts the numbers of bees coming in and out of hives.  Bee Alert envisions these Smart Hives® to be connected to a satellite communications system and a national network of beehive monitors to allow beekeepers – and presumably organizations like the USDA - to monitor the nation’s population of commercial bees and their health.

Prior to conducting research for this post, I wasn’t aware of the many uses of RFID in beekeeping.  But I guess I’m not all that surprised.  Despite my greater appreciation for the honey bee, I can’t promise that I won’t swat any more bees – that is unless someone can tell me how to use RFID to get over my fear of getting stung!

The New Junkyard Dog

Posted by Ken Lynch on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 @ 10:18 AM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Inventory Management

RFID Helps Sniff Out Hiding Vehicles in Salvage Yards

Remember that game when we were kids and the person who was “it” had to close their eyes and yell “Marco” in a swimming pool? The rest of us would respond with “Polo” while trying to fool the person into thinking we were somewhere that we weren’t. Well, auto salvage yard workers have to play a similar "game" when trying to find a specific vehicle in a lots that can span tens of acres with thousands of cars.

Typically the cars in these lots are sold at auction. When it’s time to find the car and bring it to the auction site, the manual process of identifying and locating vehicles can feel like a game of Marco Polo - or someone’s idea of a bad joke.

When a truck takes a wrecked car to a parking space in the lot, the driver writes down the car’s details, such as its VIN with the lot space number on a piece of paper. In the case of Barodge Auto Pool, as reported by RFID Journal, an office employee would receive the car’s information and enter the data into the inventory-management system, with a stock number assigned to the car by the inventory system. When auction time came, a printout of the car and its ID data was provided to the operator. This is where the manual system would break down because sometimes a lot space number was wrong or the car may have been moved to a different space. And as we are all too familiar with, numbers can get transposed when we write them down or type them in.  

 RFID Auto Location System

Recognizing the precious time spent chasing down vehicles and the inefficiency it caused, the owner of Barodge Auto Pool developed an RFID-based system to solve the problem. The new system would also eliminate the errors associated with the hand-written/data entry process. He named it the DogBone RFID Vehicle Tracking System.

The solution was to attach an adhesive UHF EPC Gen 2 tag to an auto’s windshield when it came onto the lot. A photo of the car and the tag number are sent to the company's server via a handheld device equipped with a camera and a WiFi connection. The DogBone system receives the data, including GPS location and space number, links it to the stock number and sends that data to the inventory-management system.

Each of the company's trucks comes equipped with a WiFi-enabled PC, a GPS unit and an RFID reader. The truck operator can see a photo of the car he needs to pick up, as well as a vehicle description, space number and a map, graphing the car’s physical location. Then, the reader scans the RFID tag and the software determines that the car is being picked up. The DogBone software sends an alert if it’s not a match. If a car is in a different space, DogBone updates the inventory-management software.

MyDealerLot and its partner, Electronic Inventory Solutions, were onto this idea in 2008 when they found a way to track 3,500 vehicles across three locations with WiFi-based RFID technology. In their case, they deployed solar powered outdoor receivers for real-time location of cars on auction lots.

In both cases, inefficiency drove innovation that we can all benefit from, even if indirectly. Think of the time the employees can spend doing more productive tasks and the gas saved from driving up and down these lots. I bet their neighbors are happy.

And like most successful innovations, this one can be easily adapted for other uses. Sound familiar? It should. It’s RFID.

[Image credit: Cresan Management, LLC]

Cactus Chips

Posted by Ken Lynch on Tue, Oct 05, 2010 @ 11:36 AM

Tags: Loss Prevention, RFID, Asset Tracking

RFID Helps Protect a Desert Symbol

SaguaroI bet you didn’t realize that thieves could get between $500 and $5,000 - per cactus!  Apparently, if a Saguro cactus is in its prime (roughly 40 years old and 5 feet tall) a nursery or landscaper and even a collector will pay dearly for it.

The Los Angeles Times reported that officials in Palm Desert, California put up surveillance cameras after losing $20,000 worth of cacti. That method can’t be cheap. But there is another way.

Park managers at Saguaro National Park are using RFID tags to serve as a deterrent to the cactus thievery. The tags are inserted into the cactus with a needle and will last as long as the plant’s life, which could be 200 years or so. The tags can be read by scanners about a foot away which enables them to be found in nurseries during periodic checks or in passing trucks on the road. The RFID scanners can also reveal the origin of the cactus to help verify whether it’s been stolen. A popular myth is that the police can locate the missing cacti with an embedded GPS which has contributed to the deterrent effect.

RFID tags also help protect the beautiful desert symbol by letting scientists keep track of the 1.3 million saguaros in the park by recording their location, health and growth rate. IF RFID can make a difference like this for the Saguaro, imagine what it can do for other endangered species of plant and wild life.  

Some believe the desert is a mystical place with ways of exacting its revenge against violators.  But if you’re not a believer in the Great Spirit and are still thinking of rustling a cactus, you better watch out for RFID.

[Photo source: http://www.davewilsonimages.com]

RFID for Airport Operations

Posted by Ken Lynch on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 @ 04:14 PM

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Airlines, Baggage Tagging, Security

Can RFID Help Make the Skies More Friendly?

AirlinesThe benefits of RFID for tool tracking, parts marking and manufacturing efficiencies have been documented by leading manufacturers of commercial jetliners including Airbus, Air France, Boeing and others.  In fact, with almost 70% commonality in parts suppliers, Airbus and Boeing have been working with the RFID vendor community, regulatory agencies and standards organizations for several years to help design RFID-driven systems and processes.

But what about the use of RFID for airport operations?  As a whole, the airline industry has incurred a cumulative loss during its 100-year history and, in an attempt to maximize profitability, has created complex and not so friendly pricing structures for a variety of services.  Isn’t there an opportunity for airlines and airports to benefit from the integration of RFID to streamline operations, reduce losses and provide customers with a better experience?

Consider the following…

Airline Baggage Tagging

Like tool tracking and parts marking, the benefits of using RFID to identify and process baggage have been proven.  According to research conducted by IDTechEX, in some cases where RFID baggage tracking has been deployed, the cost of handling bags has gone from $7 per bag to $4.  IDTechEX also reports that RFID baggage tagging can save the industry up to $760 million a year.  With this kind of savings, airlines would be able to stop charging bag fees – right? 

Security Gate Processing

Long lines and extended wait times at security gates are experiences most travelers dread.  But what if you are a pre-screened, frequent traveler who poses no security threat?  The combination of RFID-enabled travel cards and boarding-control hardware and software can speed up and simplify passenger identification and other security check point processes.  These “fast-pass” systems are similar to those used by U.S. Customs to simplify border passage for pre-approved travelers.  Wouldn’t shorter security lines make your flying experience a better one?

Asset Tracking & Scheduling

Wheelchairs, food trolleys and utility vehicles tend to be shared, are frequently lost or misplaced and need frequent maintenance.  And these are just a few of the great number of mobile assets within an airport.  By using RFID to identify and locate mobile assets across the vast airport landscape, various airport/airline departments could improve asset availability, reduce the time spent searching for misplaced items, optimize maintenance schedules and provide better customer service.  The next time you’re waiting on a wheelchair at the gate or experiencing a delay due to baggage transport, ask yourself – could RFID have helped?

Personalized Airport Services

Delivering a more personalized experience could go a long way for the frequent and first time flyer alike.  RFID-enabled displays can be used for customized information delivery and exchange – providing unique user experiences and giving airlines and retailers new ways to reach customers.  RFID-enabled kiosks and vending machines offer airport retailers the opportunity to speed transactions, extend loyalty programs and increase sales – while helping dad get back home with gifts his kids really enjoy (nope, the hotel soap just doesn’t cut it)!

Like in other markets, paybacks from RFID systems implemented in the air industry can be realized in a short period of time – particularly where new revenue streams are created.  Will we see a fully RFID-enabled airport within the next 10 years?  Let us know what you think below.

[Photo credit: Sindre Ellingsen/Alamy]

Live From Fargo

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

Tags: RFID, Asset Tracking, Healthcare, RTLS

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.

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