Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Impinj finds partners to improve logistical efficiency in healthcare

Steve Rogerson
February 16, 2016
 
Impinj, a Seattle-based provider of Rain RFID technology, has introduced products aimed at improving logistic and supply chain efficiencies in the healthcare industry. Together with partners Conexus, DeRoyal, Arc Healthcare Technologies and Vuemed, they are designed to deliver timely information to help healthcare organisations improve their operational efficiency, better manage assets and enhance patient care.
 
"The healthcare industry is undergoing fundamental shifts to streamline operational processes, institute tighter cost controls and improve patient outcomes," said Eric Brodersen, Impinj president and COO. “We're excited to work with an exceptional group of partners to deliver cost savings, new efficiencies and better patient care.”
 
Built on the Impinj platform, healthcare asset management and optimisation, developed by Conexus, gives healthcare providers real-time information including medical equipment location, status, availability, usage history and automatic alerts if equipment is removed from premises.
 
Hospital supply usage tracking, developed by DeRoyal, automatically captures data about supplies consumed during surgical procedures and integrates the data with inventory, billing and surgical information systems. In addition to streamlining supply management, the DeRoyal system enhances patient care by ensuring timely availability of necessary supplies in the operating room, which can reduce the likelihood of infections.
 
Hospital inventory management from Arc Healthcare Technologies continuously tracks medical supplies within a hospital, monitoring entire supply rooms as well as individual supply cabinets and shelves and reducing staff's time to locate supplies. The system provides hospital staff with real-time inventory visibility throughout the health system and across the lifecycle of the supplies, including location, expiration dates, length of time in inventory and movement of inventory from one supply location to another.
 
Medical supply and device tracking, developed by Vuemed, provides hospitals with a high level of visibility about the status, availability, and usage of clinical supplies and devices, and ensures accurate clinical documentation at the point of care. The technology also optimises inventory composition, prevents waste, improves patient care through recall and expiration management, increases billing accuracy, and secures compliance with the FDA's UDI unique device identification regulation.
 
The Impinj platform delivers the unique identity, location and authenticity of items, known as item intelligence. The platform comprises tag chips with a unique identifier that attach to items, readers and gateways that identify the items in real time, and software that allows healthcare organisations to leverage item intelligence in a range of applications.
 
Founded in 1994, Conexus is a veteran-owned small business specialising in delivering customised, enterprise-level, real-time location systems for healthcare organisations, especially those in the US federal, state and local government sectors.
 
Founded in 1973, medical device manufacturer DeRoyal has 2000 employees, operations in six countries and five US states, and manufacturing assets on three continents. Markets include surgical devices, unitised delivery systems, orthopaedic supports and bracing, and wound care dressings.
 
Arc Healthcare Technologies develops automated systems for the healthcare supply chain, including flexible storage designed with RFID technology, customised software and analytics. It also provides implementation services for healthcare customers.
 
Vuemed is a healthcare information business dedicated to transforming the healthcare supply chain through RFID and barcode scanning technologies, delivered as software-as-a-service for tracking medical supplies and assets, as well as locating patients and staff in real time.