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Sheba Medical Center Reports Cost Savings With RFID Cabinet Solution

The Israeli hospital is among the companies deploying a UHF RFID-based system from LogiTag to manage the locations and statuses of implants and other critical and high-cost medical devices, ensuring they aren't missing, ordered in excess volume or set to expire.
By Claire Swedberg
Jun 23, 2019

Sheba Medical Center is among multiple hospitals using an RFID-based 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. The RFID-enabled cabinets and software are provided by LogiTag Systems.

LogiTag reports that 90 percent of Israeli hospitals are using the technology. LogiTag's passive UHF RFID 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.

LogiTag, founded in 2004 in Netanya, Israel, offers RFID solutions for a variety of markets. The company recently completed a study which it says indicates that its Smart Cabinet automation technology reduces average catheter lab costs by approximately $229,600 annually, based on labor savings, a decrease in the loss or expiration of goods, and a 35 percent reduction of stock.

Sheba Medical Center, located in the Tel HaShomer neighborhood of Tel Aviv, is the largest hospital in Israel, with 1,700 beds. In fact, the facility was ranked by Newsweek this year as the 10th best hospital worldwide. It treats one million patients and conducts more than two million medical tests annually. The hospital has an expansive laboratory division in which it stores and uses high-value medical supplies, such as surgical implants.

Before using the solution provided by LogiTag 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.

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