Week of 9/25/09


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RFID to enhance patient experience at Disney Cancer Center
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When the Disney Family Cancer Center opens in California this February, doctors hope that patients benefit from the extremely high level of care that is typical of the Disney name. And since the hospital is a short distance from Disney studios, it makes sense that the Center will focus on the body, mind and spirit of its patients.

The $36 million facility will rely on RFID and real-time location systems (RTLS) to achieve many of its patient treatment goals. Those arriving for treatment at the facility will receive passive RFID-enabled name badges to notify hospital staff of their arrival. Aside from helping with patient tracking in the four-story facility, the badges from ThingMagic will help the hospital to immediately customize patient treatment rooms.

RFID will help hospital staff to assure that ambiances like room temperature, lighting, and music selections are in place when patients arrive.

“The Disney name connotes a high level of care and service that people expect,” says Raymond Lowe, director of ministry support and IS operations for Providence Health Care Systems, which operates 29 hospitals. “We’re looking to provide a Disney-like experience for some of the sickest patients out there.”

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New research predicts RFID market worth $5.56B in ’09

Tagging of pallets and cases for retailers (mostly in the U.S.) will account for approximately 225 million tags this year, while apparel use continues to explode.

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Dress for Success utilizes RFID
to improve inventory management

Charity organization relies on solution from Motorola, Avery Dennison and Concept2 to improve product availability and client servicing within its three stores, mobile unit and warehouse.

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Omni-ID intros enhanced RFID next-generation technology platform

New technology platform delivers global functionality without compromising tag read performance regardless of the surrounding environment.

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Alien bolsters Higgs-3™ RFID IC security
with “Dynamic Authentication”

New capabilities further enhance data integrity for security, brand protection, and authentication applications.

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FleetMind provides enhanced cart delivery
for automated garbage collection

Using RFID tags, garbage cans can be associated with a specific customer address and drivers can quickly verify cart details with handheld devices.

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RFID technology continues to make huge strides in the healthcare sector, and Disney Cancer Center has big plans for the technology when it comes to patient care at its new hospital.


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John R. Johnson is a veteran business and technology journalist with over 15 years of experience covering RFID technology and supply chain topics, first as editor of Warehousing Management and most recently as editor of DC Velocity.
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