RadianseTag

Last week I received a newsy dispatch from John Pantano of Radianse.
Much of what he included in his update email was news to me, so I'm
sharing it with you. (BTW, I'd be glad to share news from anyone else
who'd like to send me updates.)

Let's start with iHealthBeat's item on a story in the Boston Globe on RFID use in 3 Boston area hospitals. The story provides a good survey of current RFID applications in hospitals.

Radianse's growing installed base is noted, but no numbers or accounts are mentioned. Their web site mentions Lancaster General (PeriOptimum) Mississippi Baptist (PeriOptimum) and HUP as recent sales.

In an article in Start-Up Magazine,
CEO Mark Sakaniwa highlights the company strategy to improve hospital
productivity, commitment to deliver fast payback, and push to engage
new strategic partners. In this story, Mark zeros in on where Radianse
sees the sweet spot in hospital RFID:

"Some companies focus on asset tracking
because they can't track people. Their technologies are inherently
limited. In my mind that means you're going to cut out the biggest
productivity gains that you're going to get, the ability to measure
interactions among people and with devices, and respond in real-time
and retrospectively to improve care."

Radianse is sponsoring an open seminar at the World Health Care Innovation and Technology Congress
in Washington, D.C., November 9-11, 2005. The seminar is titled, "Smart
Connections: The power of active-RFID indoor positioning to create and
sustain a smarter, safer healthcare environment.

UPDATE: Late Friday I received some additional information.
Radianse founder and CTO, Mike Dempsey, penned an opinion piece
comparing and contrasting RFID and barcode technologies. In this pdf of
the article
Mike lays out how and why RFID and barcode are not mutually
exclusive (as some suggest), detailing how each technology as its own
strengths, weaknesses and key applications.