The healthcare industry continues to pursue the Internet of Things. Last week Cardinal Health unveiled its Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation Lab designed to accelerate IoT use in healthcare.
The 20,000 square-foot research lab is located in Concord, Mass., and will seek to reduce some of the nearly $5 billion that is wasted each year in the supply chain for medical devices and implantables. The facility will drive innovative new solutions, such as smart sensors, RFID and near-field communication (NFC), to bring acute care-centered technologies to some of healthcare’s most challenging issues.
“In a rapidly growing network of smart devices communicating with each other, IoT has gained significant traction in healthcare,” says Jean-Claude Saghbini, vice president and general manager for Cardinal Health™ Inventory Management Solutions. “While much of healthcare’s IoT focus has centered on patient monitoring applications, we believe the medical devices and implantables are ripe for an IoT approach.
“Building on existing automated cloud-based supply chain solutions, our vision is to create a level of efficiency and connectivity that will transform the healthcare supply chain from a source of savings into a strategic asset that can significantly reduce the total cost of care.”
The new center comprises hardware design, solutions testing laboratories as well as a Customer Experience Center, where visitors can interact with integrated solutions and provide feedback on technologies and services in the development stages.
The goal is to bring additional benefits to health care providers and to develop new solutions that will accelerate the transfer and analysis of big data and support real-time decision making on issues such as consumption and impending product expiration.