WaveMark Solution selected to Track Supplies at 70 VA Cath Labs in Real Time
The VA National RTLS solution deployment is part of the VA’s multi-site, multi-year effort to bring together different locating technologies into a seamless Digital Hospital. This fully integrated solution tracks mobile assets, consumable assets, and sterile product processing. The goal of the innovative solution is to ensure patient safety, reduce costs, and streamline workflow across the VA healthcare system. WaveMark provides the consumable asset tracking solution in the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs that integrates seamlessly with the overall Digital Hospital solution provided to the VA by HP.
The WaveMark solution is already being used to track supplies in the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs in the Ann Arbor and Detroit, MI, VA Medical Centers (VAMC) and will be expanded to 70 hospital catheterization labs across the National VA provider network over the next 5 years. WaveMark combines RFID “smart cabinets” that read their contents automatically with RFID enabled point-of-care stations in procedure rooms to capture usage. WaveMark’s sophisticated supply chain software helps patient safety by improving product availability and alerting on expired and recalled items that are on-hand. WaveMark also reduces costs by right sizing inventory and improving charge capture as well as streamlining workflow.
The WaveMark solution went live for the first time in the Ann Arbor VAMC in February 2012. “What the system has really given us is better communication which leads to the Veteran having the right item, in the right place, at the right time. This is everyone’s responsibility and that’s what it comes down to,” reports Angie Hernandez, Logistics and Supply Manager.
Some manufacturers are beginning to apply RFID tags to their products before they are shipped to the VA which greatly simplifies the receiving process. High-value supplies are easier than ever to access. Staff gain visibility into inventory and are able to see all items that are stored, removed, returned, and nearing expiration. By running more meaningful reports, staffs (including doctors) gain insight into usage, ideal par levels, supply chain efficiencies, procedure-specific cost, and doctor preferences.