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Croix Rousse Hospital - Logicount

Context

During eight months in interventional cardiology, RFID-connected readers for the management of non-implantable Medical Devices and Supplies (DMS) was evaluated. The objective of the readers is to optimize the supply and tracking of Medical Devices (MD). This study examines the results and insights gained from this period.

Various indicators were collected to assess stock management, as well as the economic and organizational impact on the service and pharmacy, including:

• Monthly valuation of stock

• Equipment purchase price

• Daily time spent by the Hospital Pharmacy Operator (PPH) and by the paramedical team

• Number of interventional procedures performed

Tag placement and reader preparation

The scope of Medical Devices and Supplies (DMS) managed by RFID, including 297 references, was defined. Minimum and maximum stock thresholds were established based on consumption and supplier delivery times. The implementation of this system was carried out over three days by a team of four people, to place 1919 tags.

Upon receipt at the pharmacy, the DMS are scanned with their GTIN and then paired with a tag containing their reference (ref), lot, and expiration date via a tagging station and specialized software. The healthcare operator then stores the DMS in the service. Three times a week, the Hospital Pharmacy Operator (PPH) scans the stock using the mobile reader. At the end of scanning, the software extracts the DMS whose quantity has reached the minimum threshold, proposes the quantity to be reordered, and anticipates expiration dates.

The results obtained

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The graph shows a significant reduction in the stock and value of Medical Devices and Supplies (MD/MS) managed by RFID over 8 months, with a decrease of 37% in stock and a decrease of 17.4% in value.

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N.B: In 2019, the hospital spent €1,015,000 on Medical Devices, accounting for 11.6% of the establishment's medical device expenditures.

The implementation of the stock management system has resulted in significant success, with  a signigicant reduction in stock and better adaptation to activity fluctuations. This optimization has secured the Medical Devices (MD) supply chain by adjusting stock levels according to actual activity. Additionally, healthcare providers in the Interventional cardiology department have benefited from increased efficiency, allowing them to focus more on their primary care activities. Finally, this initiative has strengthened the relationship between the cardio department and the pharmacy, promoting close collaboration and improved communication.

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