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RFID Provides Tissue-Tracking Gains for Hospitals

St. Dominic's, in Jackson, Miss., and North Kansas City Hospital are both using an RFID-enabled tissue- and implant-tracking system that includes TrackCore software to manage each item's location and status, as well as Terso RFID-enabled cabinets and coolers.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 29, 2017

Several hospitals are expanding their use of RFID-based technology from Terso Solutions and TrackCore to manage tissues and implants as they are received, stored and used on patients at their facilities.

The two technology companies, as partners, have been providing an end-to-end, RFID-enabled solution consisting of Terso cabinets and RFID enclosures managed via RFID readers, along with TrackCore software integrated with the hospitals' own management and patient record software. This enables the facilities to identify where tissue and implants are located, when they are retrieved from the enclosure, when they are implanted or disposed of and other functions (see A Healthy Partnership Solves Hospital Problems).

North Kansas City Hospital
North Kansas City Hospital, an existing TrackCore customer, intends to expand its deployment by adding additional RFID refrigerators and freezers to aid in automated temperature monitoring and alerting for products requiring temperature regulation and oversight. Additionally, Mississippi's St. Dominic's hospital installed the RFID-enabled enclosures at its wound care center, and is assessing other opportunities to implement the solution in other areas within the hospital, according to Jason Merrill, St. Dominic's materials manager for surgery services.

Both hospitals report that they have reduced the incidence of lost tissues, automated their billing processes and decreased labor costs with the integrated solution. The system consists of Terso's intelligent RFID-enabled ambient, refrigerator and freezer enclosures and TrackCore's Operating Room cloud-based software.

Terso Solutions, located in Madison, Wis., provides automated RFID inventory-management systems for the storage and distribution of medical supplies, through the use of RFID sensors built into cabinets, refrigerators and freezers, as well as in mobile and room-based solutions. TrackCore has developed tissue- and implant-tracking software that eliminates some manual processes, helps meet regulatory standards, and automatically notifies the hospital of product expirations or recall alerts, while also providing replenishment notifications. It can operate without RFID, though the data becomes more granular and specific with RFID-enabled cabinets, since RFID helps users to understand exactly where items were last located, based on RFID reads.

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