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By Beth Bacheldor

Palex Unveils Redesigned Smart Cabinet for Hospital Supplies

Palex Medical, a health-care technology firm based in Barcelona, Spain, has announced a new, fully redesigned version of its Dyane SmartCabinet, which has a built-in EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader that inventories all medical supplies stored within.

According to Daniel Rodríguez, Palex's R&D manager, the company completely redesigned the version of the Dyane that it debuted in 2012 (see Palex Medical Launches RFID System for Tracking Surgical Supplies), retaining only the original metal chassis. The new model is more reliable, he says. "Our experience in the last years allowed us to redesign completely the electronics to read the full content of the cabinet in a really reliable way," Rodriguez states. "We have [updated] the internal software to increase the performance and capabilities, like the reading speed."

The Dyane SmartCabinet monitors the material it contains, restricts access to these products to authorized personnel only, and assigns the specific supplies to a particular operation and patient when it is removed. The cabinet also automatically issues a warning if a product is about to expire or is erroneously removed. All of this facilitates and simplifies the work performed by health-care personnel, streamlines logistics operations and guarantees the safety of products implanted in patients, according to Palex Medical.

By enabling more accurate inventory, health-care companies can more effectively manage high-cost supply logistics to optimizes resources, reduce hospital expenditures and improve patient safety. The return-on-investment period for this system is quite fast, the company reports—one year, in most cases. In fact, the company adds, based on international studies and Palex Medical's own national and international experience, hospitals that have automatic tracking systems in place reduce their annual high-value perishable supplies bill by between 20 and 40 percent, since they prevent major product losses due to their expiry and human-handling errors or other causes. The Dyane SmartCabinet also eliminates paperwork and manual processes, and allows health-care personnel to dedicate more time to patient care.

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