Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN, lost $500,000 in 2008 from unused or unbilled products such as surgical devices, guide catheters, coronary wires and other high-value items. Wavemark Inc, a provider of real-time inventory management solutions for the healthcare industry, worked with Scott Hardin, the hospital's cardiovascular services director, to implement an RFID system. When the hospital receives new inventory, workers scan each product's bar-coded serial number using a special WaveMark desktop reader scanner. Using the same device, an ISO 15693-compliant RFID tag is read and attached to the product. The surgical products are stored in cabinets that have multiple RFID readers that capture each tag's ID number. If a nurse removes an item, the RFID tag readers can't detect it to transmit updates, and the WaveMark software changes the product's status to "missing." Meanwhile, Barcoding Inc offers a Web-based service that allows users to track equipment, manage repairs and oversee implementation of new rechnology.
Keeping track of all things Jessica Jeppsson Industrial Engineer; Jun 2010; 42, 6; Docstoc pg. 58 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner
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