How can automation benefit hospitals? October 18th, 2018
It’s absolutely crucial that efficiency is a priority in any hospital setting. But maximising the capacity of the whole value chain whilst providing a tailored service to the needs of each client can be a tricky balancing act.
But a new breed of hospital management solutions is set to provide the tools needed to improve savings and increase productivity through automation.
Palex has developed an advanced system for the management of high cost materials in hospitals that provides security, traceability to the patient and comprehensive stock control.
The process typically runs from the initial receipt of supplies and sorting for individually tagging, to coding tags automatically (including printing tags to be attached to each product) and then storage inside an advanced cabinet that has built in access control and real-time inventory control.
Palex’s Dyane SmartCabinet, for example, is a restricted-access smart cabinet system based on RFID technology for the management of high-cost material.
Each item is individually identified with an RFID tag that contains all relevant information and allows the SmartCabinet to record all stock movements, control expiry dates and generate replenishment orders.
The cabinet has a modular system to fit any needs, an easy to use interface that requires no barcode scanning or button punching, a restricted access system requiring user registration to open doors and automatic recording of all stock movements in or out.
When retrieving materials for a patient, a charge to patient option is available and the system will offer a list of patients based on the cabinet location or the service to which the user is assigned.
This is how SmartCabinet helps to minimise errors, improve logistics, provide up to date information for decision makers and ultimately save money.
The combination of real-time information with a simple and easy to manage system means that managers have the time and data needed to make the important decisions that can benefit a hospital in the short and long term.
Its main application areas within the Hospital are Cath lab, Interventional Radiology and Surgical Block and further features include:
Charging costs per patient or intervention, with traceability of lot/serial number
Real-time traceability for all into and output movements from the cabinet
Product expiration control
Maximum flexibility in content organisation
Improving patient safety
Optimisation of inventory management
Automatic replenishment orders
Availability of information for strategic decision making
Fast return of investment
Maximum usability for nursing staff and more time available for patient care.
Palex can also be a strategic partner that can improve hospital economy and increase savings through custom consulting, turnkey projects and bespoke solutions through its R&D department.