|St. Luke's Case Study|
Healthcare Inventory Management
Customer: Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the premier heart care hospitals in the country, needed a next-generation inventory tracking and management system to enable them to continue providing the best care possible.
In today’s hospital environment, the number of procedures, medications and equipment a facility uses can seem almost limitless. Furthermore, cumbersome manual processes to manage the healthcare supply chain can affect budgets and impact delivery of care.
Even though inventory management is of the utmost importance, most of the nurses and allied healthcare professionals involved in the process are not logistics professionals. Mindful of the challenge, Saint Luke’s cardiovascular (CV) laboratory set out to find a system that would help better track supplies, monitor expiration dates of critical inventory, improve the proper billing of lab supplies and consumables, and reduce total on-hand inventory.
Solution: Saint Luke’s implemented a completely integrated RFID-based inventory management system that combines RFID tags; RFID readers, RFID antennas and mobile computers; and Cenbion inventory management software.
With this fully integrated system, compliance is automated and unobtrusive, allowing inventory to be actively tracked as it moves through doorways, hallways and other RFID-enabled portal locations. Through the implementation of this solution, the cardiovascular laboratory at Saint Luke’s has everything it needs to increase efficiencies and improve operations.