US Air Force Medical Service Selects Shipcom Wireless for Major Healthcare RFID Contract

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 General News
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HOUSTON, May 20 Shipcom Wireless, Inc., a leading globalprovider of enterprise and healthcare solutions, announced today that theyhave been selected by the Air Force Surgeon General's Office to review thecurrent uses of RFID technology across the Air Force Medical Service and thenpilot RFID systems to improve clinical operations at the Medical Center atKeesler Air Force Base in Mississippi.

Mr. David Baker, a clinical engineer with the Air Force Surgeon General'soffice noted that this project, "Expands from just asset tracking to trackinglab specimens, medications, and possibly patients. When we first presented theconcept and potential applications of RFID technology to the Air Force SurgeonGeneral, he quickly saw potential value on the clinical side. The biggestshortfall to this point is the lack of a well defined business case thatclearly shows the technology saves bottom line dollars."

The project will involve a baseline assessment of the existingimplementations of RFID at Air Force medical centers, using Shipcom'sHOCAM(TM) (Hospital Operational & Clinical Assessment Model). This assessmentwill be followed by recommendations on how the Air Force can most effectivelyutilize RFID and related technologies to improve patient care and makeclinical processes more efficient. Finally, Shipcom will model and implementspecific RFID solutions at Keesler Medical Center using Shipcom's x/Care(TM)suite of healthcare applications, including the patient care module p/Care(TM)and the Asset Management module a/Care(TM).

"Like the rest of the healthcare industry, our military's care system isin the process of modernizing its IT infrastructure and they are taking allpossible steps to ensure patient safety and improve hospital management," saidJohn Shoemaker, President of Shipcom. "Shipcom's healthcare solution is acore component of that objective. We are extremely proud to be selected bythe Air Force and to be a part of this defining program for all the militaryservices."

The initial phase of this multi-year project will begin with Shipcom doingan extensive study across numerous military hospitals, including the KeeslerMedical Center, to analyze process bottlenecks and technology challenges. Thisinnovative and far reaching contract will enable Shipcom to produce modelapplications that can be replicated across military hospitals and otherhealthcare establishments supported by sound business cases.

"We believe that most healthcare organizations -- both military andcivilian -- face similar challenges when it comes to ensuring patient safetyand improving efficiency. The 'x2/ Care' suite of applications have beendeveloped with a deep-rooted understanding of these challenges," said ScottCobb, Senior Vice President of Federal and Healthcare Systems. "It is ourhonor to be able to provide technology that helps ensure patient safety andincrease process efficiency at our military hospitals."

Joe White, Vice President of Business Development for Motorola'sEnterprise Mobility business, comments that, "Motorola is excited to be atechnology partner with Shipcom Wireless. We have been working with Shipcom'ssolution suites for several years to provide truly integrated RFIDtechnologies to their Healthcare and Enterprise practices."

Shipcom is pleased to work with partners like Motorola to deliver newsolutions to benefit both active and retired personnel of our Armed Forceswith the most advanced health care possible. This new contract will be thebasis for delivering an entirely new level of capability using RFID and othermeans for data capture, management, and clinical visibility.

About Shipcom

Shipcom provides identification and tracking solutions that includeadvanced and hybrid Auto-ID technologies (AIDC), designed to address the twokey healthcare challenges of ensuring Patient Safety & increasing OperationalEfficiency

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