Boston-based Tufts Medical Center has rolled out WaveMark’s inventory management solution to its operating room environment. Dan Johnson, RN, Director of Surgical Services at Tufts, says the hospital expanded the solution after supporting more than 8,000 procedures in the Cath, EP and IR labs over a five-year period.
“Expanding the use of the solution to our hybrid OR was a natural move as part of our migration to a single strategic platform for our high value Physician Preference Items (PPI),” says Johnson. “During the expansion to the hybrid OR the WaveMark solution continued to prove itself with over $100,000 in immediate savings through cross-department inventory sharing and optimization. We are also pleased with the full real-time visibility into our inventory and usage that the system provides.”
WaveMark, a provider of real-time healthcare supply chain solutions, launched a series of software and hardware enhancements to its OR inventory management solution during this week’s HIMSS conference in New Orleans.
“The solution is well liked by staff because it’s easy to use, our workflows are more efficient, and we always have on hand what is needed by the surgical team to take care of patients,” says Johnson. “The system supports Tufts culture of safety by proactively pushing pertinent information to us instead of clinicians having to react to costly and disruptive exceptions.”
WaveMark says that it is forming partnerships with global medical device manufacturers that are shipping RFID tagged products to create shared visibility of inventory positions, and provide electronic notification to hospitals as shipments are processed and shipped from their distribution centers.
WaveMark’s new OR solutions portfolio also includes the WaveMark SmartWand, an all-in-one RFID and barcode handheld reader specifically designed for the healthcare industry. The SmartWand is used in conjunction with tablet apps to cycle count, streamline picking, manage remote stocking locations, and to place orders.
In addition, more than 50 custom RFID SmartCabinet configurations support a variety of OR product, storage, and space needs. The RFID SmartCabinets support the efficient point-of-use tracking methodology which is favored by clinical staff over the workflow-inhibiting point-of-dispense style cabinets.