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INTEGRATED SERVICE NETWORK VISN 10 RTLS - DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS (VHA)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Integrated service network – VISN 10 RTLS

In September 2011, Shipcom Wireless was awarded a $22.6 million contract for the implementation of a design build real -time locating system (RTLS) as a core member of team Vet-Fed, for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The key features of our work with the program include:

  • Improvement and integration of services across the VA to increase reliability, speed, and accuracy of delivery
  • Real-time visibility of assets and patients
  • Design and implementation of an RTLS initiative to enable the VA to centralize databases to allow data-sharing across VA facilities
  • Improvement of operational efficiency
  • Improvement of the VA’s ability to adjust capacity dynamically in order to meet changing needs, including emergency preparedness

Program statistics

  • 7 medical centers
  •  4.2 million square feet
  •  Asset tracking
    • RTLS – 16,000 tags
    • passive RFID – 78,000 tags
  •  Surgical equipment – 190,000 instruments
  •  Cardiac catheterization lab – 35,000 items
  •  Staff monitoring – 450
    •  workflow management
    •  patient containment
  •  683 passive RFID portals
  •  153 handhelds

 Deployment sites:

  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • VA Medical Center – Parma
  • Chalmers P. Wylie VAACC – Columbus
  • Chillicothe VAMC
  • VA Medical Center – Dayton
  • VA Medical Center – Cincinnati
  • VA Medical Center – Fort Thomas

United States Air Force Keesler Base Hospital

Comprehensive tracking of assets, medication, and patients

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Shipcom was selected to implement the USAF Surgeon General’s project for multiple automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) technologies at the military treatment facility on Keesler Base. The Shipcom system is the only RTLS system to receive the DoD’s IT security certification (DIACAP) to date.

Benefits of asset management

  • Location tracking for mobile assets
  • Reduction of search time for bio-med and nurses
  • Reduction of asset shrinkage
  • Improvement of preventive maintenance compliance
  • Development and monitoring at the inventory level
  • Increased asset utilization
  • Increased productivity of caregivers
  • JCAHO compliance
  • Increased patient safety
  • Sterile supply technician training

Deployment sites

  • Keesler USAF
  • Columbus USAF

NAVSEA US Navy Spare Parts Program

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  • Shipcom Wireless has deployed an RFID and RTLS hardware and software system for ICS Marine to support the automation of spare part management using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
  • The RFID-based system was used to track $22 million of equipment from Louisiana to Iraq. This system provided close to $1.7 million in savings by reducing lost parts and providing inventory location, and added security.

 

Benefits

  • Worldwide item-level tracking and tracing
  • Chain of custody tracking in real-time with the CATAMARAN® VERT system
  • Real-time visibility with on-demand video feed, alerts, and movement history
  • Container and fleet management
  • Improved security
  • Improved system responsiveness
  • Improved end-to-end supply chain activities
  • Increased accuracy
  • Reduced inventory shrinkage and loss
  • Increased ROI with better planning models and strategies