Conference & Speakers

The International RFID Congress will be bringing together world leaders, international experts, users and providers of RFID solutions.
Presentations will include operating feedback and perspectives on future use of RFID. Attend as a speaker at the 2012 International RFID Congress, one of the largest international events bringing together players from the health and RFID/NFC sectors. Each presentation will need to involve a final user showcasing a use case of these tools or a pilot study. The meetings can be in French or in English and will be translated simultaneously.. 

This congress is the perfect place for RFID/NFC users to express their expectations and share their experience, increasing dialogue across sectors.

During this high-quality event, we will look into every possibility to host a speaker representative of these sectors with experience in implementing RFID solutions at any level (test, operational pilot study, deployment, etc). Each presentation will need to involve a final user showcasing a use case of these tools or a pilot study. The meetings can be in French or in English and will be translated simultaneously. 
This congress is the perfect place for RFID/NFC users to express their expectations and share their experience, increasing dialogue across sectors. During this high-quality event, we will look into every possibility to host a speaker representative of these sectors with experience in implementing RFID solutions at any level (test, operational pilot study, deployment, etc).  
Those with technological, consultancy or engineering expertise are invited to have final users/clients participate, but may not themselves directly take part in these sessions. Other presentation sessions dedicated to their particular specialisations are included in the packages. Every organisation, cluster and federation is invited to pass on this information freely to their contacts that they feel might be interested.

Speaker offer:
> Free access to all meetings
> 1 free invitation to the gala dinner.

Contact person: Guillaume Baelde: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 List of Speakers

(Provisional program)


François BISCH

Logistics Engineer at CHSF (Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien)

President of the hospital logistics commission of ASLOG (French association for logistics).

Trained Logistician, specialised in hospital logistics for the last fifteen years. After developing the logistics structure at CHU Dijon (University Hospital Centre), well-known for its logistics platform that tracks products from the unloading docks to care services, he is now in charge of logistics operations at the Centre Hospitalier Sud Francilien, which opened its doors at the start of this year and is renowned for its modern facilities and its public and private partnership.

La RFID dans le quotidien logistique des hôpitaux

In the day-to-day workings of providing supplies to care units or technical operations platforms, RFID contributes to the fluidity of stock replenishment and the traceability of available products with the aim of refocusing healthcare professionals on the true vocation of hospitals, which is care.




President of COEXEL

Vincent BOISARD is an Engineer with dual expertise in Innovation Management and spent three years in the United States, in Silicon Valley, where he worked as the US representative of the CEA LETI. He created his first consulting company, based in San Francisco and has worked for several major French corporations (ESSILOR, THALES, ST GOBAIN, CORNING, etc.), identifying opportunities for development. He spent two years within the SCS world centre of excellence as the SME and international director, where he gained strong expertise in the operational support of innovation projects and the development of international partnerships, particularly in Europe, Asia and in the Mediterranean basin. Since 2007, he has been President of COEXEL, a company which specialises in supporting and implementing innovation and development strategies.




Head of Innovation &Enterprise –"TIC&Santé" (Information technology, communication and health) Project Manager

With a PhD in optoelectronics (1999), Cyril MOUSSANT began his career as a Scientist with the contingent at the CEA and then as a Research Engineer (University and the French National Research Centre - CNRS). In 2003, he joined the team at PHOTONIS where he developed photoelectric electron-multiplier tubes for medical and scientific uses. In 2009 he began to take an interest in technologies for the medical sector. He is in charge of supporting SMEs for the Opticsvalley cluster and is also Project Manager for "TIC & Santé"

Introduction to the lecture
Opticsvalley: presentation of the cluster and its involvement in the Information technology, communication and health ("TIC & Santé") sector

Opticsvalley is the French cluster located in the Paris region which centres on technologies, applications and markets in the optics, electronics and software sector. With more than 200 members, the cluster is highly involved in the "TIC & Santé" sector with actions focusing on biophotonics, telemedicine and autonomy assistance, which will be presented.


Wireless technologies for traceability in the health sector: Focus on implantable medical devices

In 2011, COEXEL came up with a complete panorama of challenges and perspectives for using wireless technologies and particularly RFID for traceability applications in the health sector. Focus was placed particularly on implantable medical devices with an analysis of the existing use, the players, implementation issues and regulations. The aim of the work was to provide the keys to reading the health market and a set of tools to help technology suppliers with their diversification and development strategies.



Brigitte BONAN

Chief Pharmacist at Hôpital Foch de Suresnes Hospital, PhD from the Ecole Centrale, Industrial Engineering and Risk Management

Course Director at Paris V University: Risk analysis and management in the healthcare sector
Expert with the court of appeal of Versailles


The benefits of RFID for traceability of the cold chain in chemotherapy subcontracting

When establishing antineoplastic chemotherapy subcontracting between two facilities, the transfer of finished products between hospital sites must be organised. To safely transport this type of product, isothermal packaging and cooling systems must be used. To ensure the traceability of the cold chain, RFID technology has great advantages in recording and tracking target preservation temperatures and the quick detection and analysis of any temperature excursions.




Chief Pharmacist

Chief Pharmacist at the University Hospitals of Geneva,

Associate Professor, pharmaceutical sciences section, University of Geneva, University of Lausanne






Managing Pharmacist

Managing Pharmacist at Hôpital Archet, University Hospital Centre (CHU) of Nice
President of the City-Hospital Pharmacist Network, PH@RE 

Board Member of the French Clinical Pharmacy Society (Société Française de Pharmacie Clinique)
Member of the French High Council for Public Health (Haut Conseil de Santé Publique)

The contribution of RFID to the management of infectious medical waste





University Professor - Hospital Practitioner

Professor Alain Franco teaches geriatrics at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis. His research focuses on the interface between technology and ageing and disability. He has been the president of the International Society for Gerontechnology since 2008 and has been Vice President of the General Secretariat of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics since 2009. From 2009 to 2012 he was President of the National Reference Centre for Homecare and Autonomy (Centre National de Référence Santé à Domicile et Autonomie). In 2010 he oversaw the mission and report “Vivre Chez Soi” (Living at home) for the French ministry in charge of social welfare. He participated in the development and overseeing of the European Union pilot project for active and healthy ageing, EIP AHA.

Ethics, technology and health





Hospital Director in charge of two public long-term adult care facilities (LAMBESC and SAINT CANNAT)

Graduate of IEP AIX 1990
Post-graduate diploma in Public Law, AIX 1991
Graduate of ENSP (Ecole Nationale de la Santé Publique) 1993-1995 (Hospital Management)

1995-1998, HRD, CHR METZ-THIONVILLE Regional Hospital Centre (Thionville, 57)
1998-2002, HRD, CH CAVAILLON General Hospital Centre (84)
2002-2004, Assistant Director in charge of General Affairs, MENTON (06)
2004-2006, Onsite Assistant Director at Hôpital de l'Archet at the University Hospital Centre (CHU) of NICE (06),
2006-2012, Director of the public long-term adult care facilities (EHPAD) of Lambesc and Saint Cannat (13)

Reconciling patient safety and respect for the individual: benefits of an RFID solution

With old age and increased degenerative pathologies, long-term adult care facilities are increasingly confronted with conflicting priorities.

One the one hand, patients entering institutions at a later age require more assistance. The elderly are vulnerable and it is consistently important that they be protected in our places of living while respecting the individual.

However on the other hand, many general or open care facilities are confronted with an increasing problem: disoriented elderly people wandering off and leaving facilities. They must therefore be protected for their own safety. The long-term adult care facility “Un Jardin d'Automne” wished to reconcile these apparently conflicting issues by using RFID technology: tagging residents' clothing.




MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM, Chief Critical Care Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Neil A Halpern MD, graduated Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1981 and trained in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and Critical Care Medicine (CCM) at Presbyterian University Medical Center, Pittsburgh. Since 1999, he is Chief of CCM and Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, NY and is Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, NY. Dr. Halpern is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Physicians, Chest Physicians and CCM and is a member of the Editorial board of Critical Care Medicine. He is a prolific author and speaker specializing in cost and use of critical care in America, innovations in ICU design, use of nurse practitioners in critical care, and point of care testing. His 20 bed adult medical-surgical ICU was awarded the national ICU design citation for 2009. He is also an advisory member of several ICU informatics and point of care testing corporations and is president of Critical Care Designs, a New York based ICU design consultation group.

The role of RFID/RTLS in the ICU of the future

Opening with a national overview of critical care, this session will explore innovative approaches to designing the SmartICU including RFID/RTLS. We will explore infrastructure connectivity and task based servers that lead to enhanced association, communication, tracking by using RFID/RTLS technology, data flow and electronic flow sheet development with ICU devices, medical applications, providers and the ICU patient. We will look at both a stepwise approach to the SmartICU as well as the finished product and the challenges inherent in building the ICU of the future.




Department Head of the Laboratory for Clinical and Experimental Pathology and Biobank of the University Hospital Centre (CHU) of Nice, University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

Professor of Pathology, Director of INSERM team No. 3 at the IRCAN research centre (U1081) of the Universitéde Nice Sophia Antipolis. PhD from the University of Montpellier. Post-doctorate internships at Harvard University (1993-1996) and the Max-Planck Institute (Tubingen) (1996-1997). Memberof the BBMRI. Director of the biobank at the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Cancéropôle (Oncology centre). Memberof working groups for the Biobank Infrastructure (“l'Infrastructure Biobanques”- Inserm-Grand Emprunt).

RFID applied to hospital biobanks: myth or reality?

Biobanks or biological resource centres (BRCs) are critical components in the development of worldwide clinical and translational research. These biobanks house thousands of biological samples and information on patients. The essential factors that must be managed are traceability, security, and the anonymity of patient data. The RFID system is the ideal management tool and was put in place at the biobank of the University Hospital Centre (CHU) of Nice.



Christophe LEBOEUF


Christophe Leboeuf is an Oncology Research Engineer with the Inserm mixed research unit U728, Université Paris Diderot and Hôpital Saint Louis.

In conjunction with his scientific research activities, he is highly involved in the preservation and preparation of biological samples. He coordinates the development of new containers for the cryopreservation of tissue samples with Biosampling Systems within the pathology department of the Hôpital Saint Louis.

Lecture (provisional)
The benefits of RFID in managing tissue samples for cryopreservation





D.Sc., King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Maghazil is the head of application services in the Information Technology Affairs of King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (Saudi Arabia). He worked as the clinical computing manager and the project executive for the integrated clinical information system. He has M.Sc. and D.Sc in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering from George Washington University. He is now the project director for the "Building a Smart Hospital using Smart Technology" project as it is one of the strategic projects for the hospital that is using RFID and similar technologies.

Building a Roadmap for a Smart Hospital Using RFID and RTLS Technologies

In this session, the concept, vision, and intelligence infrastructure of a smart hospital will be explored.  In addition, the presentation will cover major issues such as patient safety, process workflow and cost, and what the benefit realization can be for using RFID and RTLS in hospitals.



Stephan MEYER

Vice President of the French federation of associations for coordinator physicians in long-term adult care facilities (Fédération Française des Associations de Médecins COordonnateurs en EHPAD - FFAMCO-EHPAD) and Geriatrician

I have been working as a Geriatrician at the CHU de Limoges (University Hospital Centre) since 1981 and am a Coordinator Physician in a long-term adult care facility with a degree in internal and external evaluation.

The use of RFID in dementia pathologies in the medical social field




Stephane PIQUE

VP EMEA of the RFID in Healthcare Consortium

Stephane Pique started with RFID in 1993. He is the co-founder, COO and VP EMEA of the International RFID Business Association and the VP EMEA for the RFID in Healthcare Consortium.

Stephane works as independent RFID consultant for companies such as the Swiss Railway (SBB), several Government (Ministry of Transport of Marocco, Ministry of Defense of Sharjah, Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia, etc.), Phonak, Schleuniger, European Pallet Association (EPAL), MIGROS and many more. Previously he was working for several leading RFID companies such as Philips Semiconductors, Kudelski, Sokymat, Global ID, Seeburger and GS1 EPCglobal.

His business experience brought him to the position of knowing RFID from all necessary components such as the chip, the transponder and card, the middleware and data management up to the complete RFID solution and processes involved.

Stephane was speaking at more than 100 major RFID shows around the world and is also member of the OSEC pool of experts mandated by the Swiss State Secretary of Economical Affairs (seco).

RFID/RTLS in Healthcare

This session will give you a short introduction on RFID/RTLS and will provide you with an overview on how this technology can help you to improve your business in healthcare. You will get some information over the most interesting applications used around the world and also you will learn about why standards are important.



Ginette PROULX

Assistant manager of financial resources and economic partnerships, Hospital Logistics Division

Mrs Proulx has been working at the Université de Montréal's Hospital Centre for twelve years and has been in her current role since 2005. With a bachelor's degree in business administration and a Master's in organisation management and development, she has strengthened the hospital logistics team by developing and sharing the vision of services that this sector can provide to all the internal clients of the organisation. Improving relations with internal clients is the basis of her work. She oversaw a major training project on the subject for all employees of the financial resources and economic partnerships department. Developing the skills of her team members and human management of changes are part of her strategies for improving processes.




President and founder of Logi-D

Mr Philippe has been working in the health sector for over 25 years. Before founding Logi-D, he held several positions at Source Médicale, the Canadian subsidiary of Cardinal Health, where his last role was as National Director of consulting services. Throughout his entire career he has participated actively in education, contributed to the creation of numerous training courses and taught courses, particularly on Japanese management models at APICS and operations and production management at HEC Montréal business school, where he obtained a degree. He has also given courses on hospital logistics and the Toyota approach in the health system as part of a training programme for executives and managers.

Automation of supply management in the supply chain for an operating room in a large Canadian hospital centre

This lecture will focus on the experience of the Université de Montréal's Hospital Centre, which put in place an automated process for its supply chain by implementing solutions taken from the industrial sector. The aim of the project is to optimise all supply management processes for operating rooms, from stock replenishment to the use of supplies for surgical interventions. Once fully in place, the solutions will enable the facility to transfer the majority of activities tied to supply management to its logistical support personnel in order to free up its clinical staff. The hospital also plans to improve its ability to capture costs and significantly reduce supply management costs.



Philippe ROBERT

Professor of Psychiatry

Philippe H Robert completed his medical studies at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, he is Professor of Psychiatry at the Nice School of Medicine, Director of the Nice Memory Centre for Care and Research (CMRR), which is one of the 27 official French Memory Centres merging competency from gerontology, neurology and psychiatry. He is also director of the Cognition, Behaviour & Technology Unit (CoBTeK) at the Nice Sophia Antipolis.

The place of ICTsfor improved evaluation of cognition and behaviour in elderly subjects

One of the missions of the CoBTeK research team is to use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to promote the development of a new evaluation strategy that improves the diagnosis and care of cognitive and behaviour problems in Alzheimer's and related neuropsychiatric pathologies.




Director, Data Manager/Analyst, Cardiovascular Services, St. Joseph's Hospital of Atlanta

Lisa Stepps has more than 25 years' experience with data-management systems and optimizing operational efficiencies by deploying leading-edge technology within cardiovascular services. Ms. Stepps provides project leadership for clinical and business development, and has implemented clinical and data-management systems, as well as an RFID inventory-management system, with a focus on patient quality and safety.

Leveraging RFID to Automate Inventory Management for Cardiovascular Services

The goal of every healthcare provider is to deliver cost effective patient care. One area of opportunity for managing cost is improving the management of high dollar value consumables. Hear how RFID technology leverages to optimize inventory management of consumable assets to reduce costs and improve the quality of healthcare.




Chief Technical Officer CNRFID

Graduate from ISEN-Lille in 1991, Claude Tételin received his PhD from University of Lille in France in 1996. Professor of telecommunications at ISEN-Toulon, a Higher Institute of Electronics and Digital Communications (school of engineers) since 1996, Since December 2008, he is the chief technical officer of the newly created French national center for RFID (CNRFID). He is now member of many standardization committees at ETSI, CEN and ISO. He has been appointed as leader of the project team devoted to PIA standardization for the European Mandate M436.

Standards portfolio for RFID applications

When introducing RFID technology in a process, many questions arise about choosing the right technology, ROI assessment, process and Information System transformation. If the technology is the core issue, societal impact, employees' acceptance, RF human exposure and privacy have to be taken into account. For choosing the right technology, we can trust providers but it could be useful to make use of conformance and performance standards. The same thing is true concerning human exposure even if standards in that field are not easy to handle. That's why we will present you a very simple procedure to assess the human exposure level. Finally, we will present you the work done in the standardization of the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) process. All this set of standards makes legally compliant RFID implementation easy.



Heather WOOD

Requirements Analyst Office of Information and Technology U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Heather Wood is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with an Associate's Degree in Computer Network Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science. Prior to working for the Veterans Administration, Heather worked with large global healthcare leaders Pfizer, Securitas and HCA focusing in pharmaceuticals, ambulatory surgery centers and RFID systems. As a Requirements Analyst for the Veterans Administration, Heather provides comprehensive project analysis on major initiatives such as: National Deployment of Real Time Location Systems, National Deployment of WiFi Infrastructure, National Database Repository.

RFID System Data and Information – Going Beyond The Tag

Tagging assets can provide benefits however, to achieve added value, healthcare organizations should consider other aspects of RFID systems that go beyond selecting the proper tag technology. The organizations data, data structure and data interactions are critical to RFID systems, process improvement and return on investment (ROI). Connecting this data, recognizing patterns and deploying business analytics provides healthcare organizations the opportunity to improve patient care, reduce cost and identify trends. This discussion will address some of the critical steps healthcare organizations should consider before deploying an RFID solution. Steps that can enhance your systems performance, aid in design and help your organization achieve better ROI.




Executive Vice President - France Telecom - Orange
General Manager - Orange Healthcare

Thierry ZYLBERBERG is Executive Vice President of the France Telecom/Orange Group, and Head of Orange Healthcare, the Group’s Healthcare Division that he created in 2007.  Orange Healthcare aims to develop e-health activities in France and internationally leveraging the France Telecom-Orange Group’s expertise in Information and Communication Technologies.

Thierry is a widely recognized thought leader on the transformational impact of new technologies on the healthcare ecosystem. He frequently speaks at a wide range of conferences on the subject of m-Health and e-Health. He was recognized by the French Magazine L’Usine Nouvelle as “one of the 100 leaders who will transform the Industry in 2011”

Thierry previously served as Executive Vice President, in charge of Strategic Partnerships for the FT/Orange Group.  He has held various positions inside and outside the France Telecom Group, among which Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Major Accounts Division at France Telecom, General Manager of France Telecom Mexico, which was responsible for managing the French carrier’s investments in Telmex and providing Telmex with assistance and advice on its newly deregulated markets.

He has also worked as the Head of Marketing for Professional Products and Services at France Telecom and was in charge of the development of such products as Numeris, PABX, and microcomputer communication.

He was the driving force behind the creation of the THESEUS Institute, a business school dedicated to studying the impact of Information Technology on corporate strategies, where he served as the managing director for several years.

He is also a co-founder of the Women's Business Mentoring Initiative, an organisation founded by Stanford Business School alumni which aims to help women entrepreneurs develop business projects in France.

Thierry is a graduate of Stanford University, the École Polytechnique and the École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications.

Thierry Zylberberg's talk at the International RFID congress

What are the real benefits, opportunities and challenges of joining up healthcare through technologies such as RFID, NFC and sensors?  In his keynote presentation, Thierry Zylberberg, Executive Vice President of Orange and General Manager of Orange Healthcare, will discuss how ITCs can and are revolutionizing the healthcare value chain.  Medical device management for healthcare establishments,  patient tracking for care facilities and drug counterfeiting solutions for public health authorities and the pharmaceutical industry are all areas where Orange has been active as a key technology partner.  Thierry will draw on the Orange experience to comment on key, non-technological challenges facing healthcare providers and their technology partners, including the regulatory and financial issues, liability concerns and questions surrounding the ‘big data’ explosion.