Based on Sheba Medical Center successful and inspirational ROI case study, the article tells the story of the digital transformation that led Sheba’s to embrace 100% consignment in managing implants in the heart center. “Sheba Medical Center is among multiple hospitals using an RFID Smart Cabinet system to manage catheter labs and high-value medical supplies, ensuring that no device expires before it can be used and that products are available when needed. With the technology, the hospital has real-time data about what medical supplies are in stock or are accessed for procedures, and it has thereby created a consignment program selling supplier products to patients only as they are used”.
On March this year, Newsweek and Statista’s panel of doctors, medical professionals and administrators across four continents had chosen Sheba Medical Center to be among the top 10 hospitals in the world. The full top 1000 list world-wild is available here.
“Sheba Medical Center—or Tel HaShomer Hospital—in Israel is a leader in medical science and biotechnical innovation, both in the Middle East and worldwide. The center’s collaborations with international parties have advanced innovative medical practices, hospital systems, and biotechnology. More than 25 percent of all Israeli medical clinical research takes place at its state-of-the-art facilities, and as a hospital, it works with nearly every Israeli medical institute to educate students and advance the future of the medical profession.”
One of the variables for choosing the hospital was the level of adoption and openness to innovation in all aspects of the hospital. The transformation of the hospital to manage full consignment through a digital implant management system is part of the implementation of this concept.
“IDENTI’s passive UHF RFID smart cabinet solution, which supports GS1 and unique device identification (UDI) requirements, allows staff members to remove necessary items, such as implants, from a locked cabinet and to automatically create a digital record of which items have been removed, and by whom. The system not only tracks what is in the cabinet in real-time but also detects which items are due to expire first. The data from the system provides hospitals with a way to ensure that nothing expires, goes missing or is over-stocked”.
Sheba Reports Cost Savings With RFID Cabinet SolutionBefore using the solution provided by IDENTI in its cath lab suite, the hospital managed its inventory manually. That was a time-consuming process that resulted in inventory discrepancies, the hospital reports. “Sometimes, we had a shortage of popular sizes of implants or wires,” says Hani Hag-Yihye, Sheba’s senior nurse for Invasive Cardiology, “or, in other cases, an excess that caused us to waste money.” Health-care providers were also challenged with ensuring products were used before they could expire.
The largest installation, however, has been in the Heart Treatment and Research Center, in which 30 cabinets are now in use to manage the location and status of all implants for Sheba’s diagnostic, therapeutic and preventive cardiovascular units. These include intensive and intermediate cardiac care, catheterization, heart failure, electrophysiology, cardiac pacing, noninvasive cardiology, nuclear cardiology, cardiac imaging, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. All implants are provided via consignment.
In general, explains Or Lomnitz, IDENTI’s marketing director, cardiac catheter labs serve as some of the most complex environments in health care when it comes to managing inventory. The products are critical when needed and are high in value, but each comes with an expiration date. “Every hospital loses a lot of money in a year due to expired items,” Lomnitz explains. Additionally, they tend to overstock products simply because they don’t have an accurate inventory count”.