Modeling Cross-Infection in the Emergency Department Using RFID Technology

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Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM  

We discuss use of radiofrequency identification (RFID) systems to characterize interpersonal interactions in our emergency department, and the subsequent development and testing of countermeasures to healthcare-acquired infections using discrete event simulation modeling.


Speaker Information:
Douglas Lowery-North, MD, associate professor, vice chair for clinical operations, CIO of Emergency Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta

Sarah Hilton, planning and operations coordinator II, Emory Healthcare, Atlanta


  • Discuss the significance of cross-infection in the healthcare environment.
  • Describe how off-the-shelf RFID technology can be used to identify the risks of cross-infection in the emergency department.
  • Summarize the role of discrete event simulation in testing counter measures to the spread of infectious disease in the emergency department.