Wyoming Medical Center has installed a new RFID-based solution at 14 of its supply rooms to provide easier access to crucial inventory and relieve medical staff from searching for critical supplies.
The StockBox RFID solution from LogiTag has already saved the facility nearly $400,000 in labor for counting and re-stocking items. In addition, optimized inventory visibility has eliminated stock-outs, expired items and waste.
The solution is in the process of being rolled out to the operating room at Wyoming Medical Center.
Prior to the RFID solution, WMC leased an automated supply cabinet solution that cost about $175,000 per year to maintain. Melissa Carpenter, the hospital’s director of material management, says that although the cabinets kept supplies secure, nurses would have to first enter a keypad code and then scan the item to try to maintain a count, even for low valued items. This slowed the staff down due to the extra steps involved, and inventory counts were rarely kept up to date.
Initially, WMC decided to try the RFID solution at one of its small ER supply rooms that held low value inventory items. Improve Group installed 285 primary bins and 285 secondary bins along with LogiTag’s StockBox.
The installation was so successful that Wyoming Medical Center continued to install StockBoxes and in 13 more supply rooms throughout the facility. Today it is part of their daily strategy to spend less time looking for supplies, and more time caring for patients.