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Tufts Hospital Keeps Tabs on Valuable Inventory with RFID Technology

Tufts Medical Center, a 415-bed teaching hospital in Boston, has saved $1.5m on stents, angioplasty balloons and other implantable devices, based on information provided by a radio frequency identification inventory-management system deployed within its catheterization, electrophysiology and interventional radiology laboratories.

Tufts MC has 11 procedure rooms: four for cardiac catheterization, three for electrophysiology, three for interventional radiology and one hybrid operating room for minimally invasive surgeries. The facility handles 7,000 procedures annually and maintains an inventory of implantable devices worth $2m.

Diane Hubisz, the operations director of Tufts MC's CardioVascular Center, says that the medical center decided to track supplies within its catheterization, electrophysiology and interventional radiology labs because supplies account for 70 percent of the labs' costs, compared with supplies representing approximately 15 percent of the facility's overall costs.

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Tufts MC has 11 procedure rooms: four for cardiac catheterization, three for electrophysiology, three for interventional radiology and one hybrid operating room for minimally invasive surgeries. The facility handles 7,000 procedures annually and maintains an inventory of implantable devices worth $2m.

Diane Hubisz, the operations director of Tufts MC's CardioVascular Center, says that the medical center decided to track supplies within its catheterization, electrophysiology and interventional radiology labs because supplies account for 70 percent of the labs' costs, compared with supplies representing approximately 15 percent of the facility's overall costs.

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