The Hospital is now able to purchase stock under a full consignment model, eliminating inventory waste and reducing overall resources.
IDENTI, a leading provider of RFID solutions and high-value inventory management systems, reports a successful implementation of its Smart Cabinet solution at the Assuta Medical Center’s cath labs. Assuta, Israel’s largest and leading private medical services center, runs two cath labs with over 5,000 diagnosis catheterization and treatment procedures performed each year. In this busy environment, inventory plays a vital role, requiring tight management while each procedure involves devices taken in and out of the cabinets frequently. As a result of the installation, the hospital’s cath labs have eliminated manual counting and reordering practices by nurses and other staff leading to lean healthcare management.
Smart Cabinet provides the hospital with precise, real-time inventory management capabilities, allowing its staff to have an accurate view of inventory levels and usage at all times. Its process method is simple and involves minor efforts by all involved. The pre-approved cath-lab nurses open the Smart Cabinet with their ID tags, remove a required item, and close the cabinet’s doors. The items used up are instantly recorded, while those that aren’t can be re-shelved. Detailed reports are then available for materials management teams and others to adjust inventory levels and better manage costs.
“IDENTI’s Smart Cabinet solution has changed the way we manage our cath-lab inventory,” Said Chemi Shamir, Purchasing Manager of Assuta. “The fact we can move from a manual to automate counting process has given us the flexibility to work under a consignment model with our medical suppliers. This means both our suppliers and we now have ongoing real-time reports on what has been used, due to expiration, needs invoicing, or re-stocking. We no longer pay our suppliers in advance or hold inventory that may not be utilized, therefore, saving the hospital much-needed resources. Given this great outcome, we plan to use Smart Cabinet in other departments including our eye clinic.”
“I am very pleased to have made such a valuable impact on Assuta Medical Center,” said Shlomo Matityaho, IDENTI’s CEO. “All of our solutions are designed with lean healthcare management in mind, especially in today’s economy. This means our customers can see a quick ROI as we save their staff’s time, eliminate waste with a ‘right-size’ inventory, eliminate mismatched information issues, and improve equipment availability. I look forward to working with Assuta in the coming years, and providing them with solutions that enable them to continue focusing on their patients.”
Smart Cabinet is a lean, efficient inventory management system for medical devices. Utilizing patent-protected RFID technology in combination with point-of-use reporting, the Smart Cabinet gives hospitals such as Assuta, precise, real-time inventory management at the item level. The company’s advanced cloud-based software provides the entire supply chain an accurate view of inventory levels, usage, and status of high–value medical devices.
Assuta is Israel’s largest and leading private medical services center, comprising eleven clinics and hospitals across Israel and providing innovative surgeries and diagnostic procedures in all fields of medicine, including cardiology, oncology, gynecology, urology, and more.
Assuta Hospital in Tel-Aviv was established in 1934, and over the past 70 years has become renowned as the most advanced hospital in the Middle East.