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Hospital System Finds RFID Useful in Tracking Medical Supplies

BJC HealthCare, which operates 12 hospitals in Illinois and Missouri, is in a multi-year process of deploying radio frequency identification technology to track and manage the thousands of medical supplies it uses.

The high-frequency RFID system consists of cabinets with built-in readers, passive HFRFID tags, handheld reader wands, and Cardinal Inventory Management Solution software on a cloud-based server to manage the collected data, all provided by Cardinal Health. BJC is installing the technology first in its cardiac cath labs, followed by its gastrointestinal labs, its intervention radiology department and its operating rooms. To date, the company has installed 70 cabinets in 27 rooms, within nine departments and five hospitals, tracking a total of 2,708 stock-keeping units. The system is expected to be completely deployed by the first quarter of 2017, with between three and five times more cabinets than are currently installed, at three to five times more locations across its 12 hospitals.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States, serving the greater St. Louis area, as well as mid-Missouri and southern Illinois.

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The high-frequency RFID system consists of cabinets with built-in readers, passive HFRFID tags, handheld reader wands, and Cardinal Inventory Management Solution software on a cloud-based server to manage the collected data, all provided by Cardinal Health. BJC is installing the technology first in its cardiac cath labs, followed by its gastrointestinal labs, its intervention radiology department and its operating rooms. To date, the company has installed 70 cabinets in 27 rooms, within nine departments and five hospitals, tracking a total of 2,708 stock-keeping units. The system is expected to be completely deployed by the first quarter of 2017, with between three and five times more cabinets than are currently installed, at three to five times more locations across its 12 hospitals.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit healthcare organizations in the United States, serving the greater St. Louis area, as well as mid-Missouri and southern Illinois.

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