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

HOUSTON , May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Shipcom Wireless, Inc., a leading global provider of enterprise and healthcare solutions, announced today that they have been selected by the Air Force Surgeon General's Office to review the current uses of RFID...


HOUSTON , May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Shipcom Wireless, Inc., a leading global provider of enterprise and healthcare solutions, announced today that they have been selected by the Air Force Surgeon General's Office to review the current uses of RFID technology across the Air Force Medical Service and then pilot RFID systems to improve clinical operations at the Medical Center at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi .

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

The project will involve a baseline assessment of the existing implementations of RFID at Air Force medical centers, using Shipcom's HOCAM(TM) (Hospital Operational & Clinical Assessment Model). This assessment will be followed by recommendations on how the Air Force can most effectively utilize RFID and related technologies to improve patient care and make clinical processes more efficient. Finally, Shipcom will model and implement specific 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 is in the process of modernizing its IT infrastructure and they are taking all possible steps to ensure patient safety and improve hospital management," said John Shoemaker , President of Shipcom. "Shipcom's healthcare solution is a core component of that objective. We are extremely proud to be selected by the Air Force and to be a part of this defining program for all the military services."

The initial phase of this multi-year project will begin with Shipcom doing an extensive study across numerous military hospitals, including the Keesler Medical Center, to analyze process bottlenecks and technology challenges. This innovative and far reaching contract will enable Shipcom to produce model applications that can be replicated across military hospitals and other healthcare establishments supported by sound business cases.

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

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

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

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