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Inventory Management


In preparing to administer treatment or perform a surgical procedure, the most crucial aspect is time. Myriad variables must be calibrated in advance so that patient treatment can commence as smoothly and quickly as possible. Often, the best planning may be thwarted by unforeseen complications.  For instance, there  may be difficulty in tracing all the necessary equipment or in verifying whether the equipment has been properly sterilized. To compensate for these potential time delays, hospitals may buy, lease, or rent more equipment, which obviously is not the most cost-effective response. Furthermore, these additional units can become lost in the system.

Shipcom breaks this costly cycle of excess expenditures by enabling hospitals to use less equipment more efficiently. Our CATAMARAN® solution delivers savings by reducing rentals, terminating leases, decreasing maintenance costs, and avoiding unnecessary capital expenditure with each subsequent inventory purchase.  Shipcom extends the inventory management system to add location and asset tracking information to pinpoint the usage of equipment and supplies in a particular department, such as the emergency room or radiology.

By deploying the RTLS infrastructure, healthcare facilities can get a real-time room and department level view of their inventory. Shipcom assures its clients that the CATAMARAN® solution demonstrably reduces equipment theft, misplacement and hoarding, which in turn allows significant reductions in inventory. The system also records all movement history so that missing items may be traced back to their last known position.

An RTLS-based inventory management solution is important vis-a-vis auditing and compliance, given that equipment movement throughout its lifecycle is recorded. Reviewing this recorded data can yield important information that ensures efficient hospital processes and proper equipment hygiene, improving upon the quality of service provided to patients.