Every year, more than $5 billion is wasted on expired, lost or uncaptured medical device and implantable charges. While this supply chain waste is pervasive throughout entire health systems, the intricacy of managing high-value items is exceptionally demanding in the operating room (OR). To help address waste in the OR, Cardinal Health Inventory Management (CIMS) has launched new, cloud-based automated workflow modules for challenging-to-manage inventory such as biological implants, sutures, and trauma and spine implants.
The new Cardinal Health™ Inventory Management Solutions OR workflow modules help hospitals maintain chain of custody documentation, identify unused inventory for returns, and avoid product expiration. The solution integrates with electronic medical records and other hospital IT systems for more accurate charge capture and interoperability. Through the use of RFID tagging and barcode, the modules provide full visibility for day-to-day management and enable long-term inventory planning.
The new Cardinal Health™ solutions can help increase visibility to product demand and consumption and reduce waste incurred during manual processes.
The new inventory management OR workflow modules:
· Maintain chain of custody documentation, identify unused inventory for returns, and help prevent product expiration.
· Integrate with electronic medical records and other hospital IT systems for accurate charge capture and interoperability.
· Provide full visibility for both day-to-day management and long-term inventory planning using scalable RFID and barcode tracking technology.
“Adding to our existing automated, cloud-based analytics platform, the operating room workflow solutions provide a comprehensive, scalable operating room solution that can help hospitals take costs out of their operating room supply chain,” said Jean-Claude Saghbini, vice president and general manager of Cardinal Health™ Inventory Management Solutions.