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RFID to Cure Detroit Hospital Device-Tracking Ailments
The DMC Harper University Hospital, part of the Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, will install an RFID deployment to track the institution's growing number of medical devices. The chosen solution is called iRISupply from Mobile Aspects of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Aug 31, 2007—This article was originally published by RFID Update.
August 31, 2007—The DMC Harper University Hospital, part of the Detroit Medical Center in Michigan, will install an RFID deployment to track the institution's growing number of medical devices. The chosen solution is called iRISupply and is produced by Mobile Aspects of Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania.
Harper has seen its number of case volumes grow and, consequently, its need for medical devices and equipment as well. The growth has made the inventorying and management of these devices increasingly challenging. "As our case volumes continue to grow rapidly we have identified the need to provide our staff with a solution that can address the challenges of effectively managing a corresponding increase in the volume of expensive medical device inventory," Harper's vice president of Diagnostic and Interventional Services Jim Stopford was quoted in the release.
Mobile Aspects' solution will be deployed for the cardiology group. Fourteen RFID-enabled cabinets will be installed which store implantable stent devices. The goal is to streamline and automate the management of these devices. Time lost to the current manual processes will be recaptured, and the documentation of device usage and expiration will be made more accurate. Stopford expects "immediate returns" from improvements such as the prevention of device expiration.
Implementation of the system is set to begin this fall.
Mobile Aspects' iRISupply uses high frequency tags from Texas Instruments' Tag-it HF-I line.
Read the announcement from the DMC Harper University Hospital
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