HealthcareITNews coverage of VA RTLS Investment

HealthcareITNews recently covered the VA $543M investment in RTLS for 152 medical centers across the US.  The VA’s recognition of RTLS dovetails with its VA Innovation Initiative, which seeks to “identify, fund and test new ideas from VA employees, academia and the private sector” with an aim toward “improving access, quality, performance, and cost”, in the words of the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

The full article is available at http://www.pageturnpro.com/MedTech-Media/49879-Healthcare-IT-News-April-2013/index.html#33

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WaveMark Introduces SalesView v4 for Real-Time Mobile Inventory Management of Medical Devices

WaveMark Mobile App is a Game-Changer for Medical Device Tracking

Empowers sales personnel to efficiently manage field inventory – improving accuracy and accountability

Boston, Massachusetts – April 10, 2013 – WaveMark, the market leader in Real-Time Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation, today introduced the latest release of its RFID and barcode enabled mobility application, SalesView, for medical device suppliers.  Capable of operating on iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices, SalesView allows device suppliers to track and manage their supply chain activities quickly and conveniently in real-time – whether in the field, trunk, central storage, or hospital operating/procedure rooms – with full corporate online visibility for greater global accountability and compliance.

In this most recent release, WaveMark is introducing several important enhancements to the field-proven app, including support for FedEx and UPS tracking information, GPS for accurate location selection, emerging market distributor support, electronic invoice generation, and an exception-driven dashboard that provides a live feed of all relevant supply chain activities.

“WaveMark gives us better visibility into our global supply chain by tracking our consigned products in real time across 2,500 locations in 40 countries allowing us to optimize our inventory positions while reducing overall inventory carrying costs,” said a Director of IT, of a leading cardiovascular medical device manufacturer.  “Optimizing our supply chain through exceptions management is efficient, leads to better business intelligence, and a competitive advantage.  SalesView has allowed us to transition platforms from Windows Mobile, through BlackBerry, and now to iPads with a positive productivity impact.  We have saved millions of dollars by reducing the write-off of expired products alone.  Most importantly this approach has allowed us to improve patient safety while serving our customers better.”

WaveMark is dedicated to providing technology solutions that solve the complex inventory and supply chain challenges of hospitals and device suppliers. SalesView addresses one of the industry’s biggest challenges – field management of trunk stock and hospital inventory. It provides device suppliers with real-time access to inventory, while ensuring accurate counts, paperwork elimination, and automated and reporting.

Several of the world’s largest medical device suppliers deploy WaveMark’s field-proven mobile solution, which eliminates the need for error prone email, fax, phone, and voice mail communication while reducing the administrative burden for both field sales and corporate personnel. Additionally, SalesView leverages a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) backend infrastructure that allows for rapid global deployment and return-on-investment (ROI) in mere months.

In addition to this most recent release WaveMark SalesView offers numerous valuable features and benefits including:

  • Supports all major mobility platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry
  • Leverages handheld wireless RFID readers in combination with a field sales person’s tablet or smart phone
  • Supports WaveMark’s innovative SmartWand, a powerful handheld wireless combined RFID and barcode reader
  • Eliminates paperwork and delays: Fast and easy to use
  • Eliminates interpretation and data entry of manual records
  • Creates a shared view of inventory for field and corporate departments such as Operations, Finance, and Executives
  • Provides a full electronic trail of every audit and transaction
  • Manages both commercial as well as clinical trials products
  • Provides high accuracy inventory data for financial reporting
  • Supports field transfers, usage capture, replenishment, and electronic forms such as adverse event reports and invoices
  • Supports FedEx and UPS tracking information
  • Enables emerging market distributor support
  • Provides GPS location tracking

“At WaveMark we are proud to continue our innovation leadership in the mobile real-time healthcare supply chain space,” said Jean-Claude Saghbini, CTO of WaveMark. “We were the first to introduce an RFID iPad app in the healthcare space, and now our most recent release of the WaveMark SalesView app illustrates yet another way in which we’re continuously improving the healthcare supply chain from end to end. Helping device suppliers to better manage their field inventory translates to a more efficient and less costly supply chain, which benefits everyone, from the supplier, to hospital staff, and ultimately to the patient.”

To learn more about WaveMark for the healthcare supply chain, including the SalesView app, please visit: wavemark.com.

About WaveMark

WaveMark is the market leader in Real-Time Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation.

WaveMark solutions drive innovation from point-of-manufacture to point-of-care enhancing patient safety and regulatory compliance, while improving the economics of healthcare.

Our solutions leverage RFID, cloud, and mobile technologies to bring quality, financial, and operational transformation into the healthcare supply chain.  From real-time smart cabinets in hospitals to mobile apps for global medical suppliers, WaveMark’s flexible technology portfolio solves critical challenges in healthcare.

For more information please visit wavemark.com.

WaveMark is a registered trademark of WaveMark, Inc. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings described in this document are produced by WaveMark, Inc.

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WaveMark enhances Comprehensive OR Inventory Management Solution

Boston, Massachusetts – Today at HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans, WaveMark, the market leader in Real-Time Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation, launched a series of software and hardware enhancements to its comprehensive OR inventory management solution.  The broad reaching set of enhancements extends WaveMark’s leadership position in bringing innovative operational, clinical, and financial benefits to healthcare providers around the world.

“After using WaveMark for 5 years supporting over 8,000 procedures in our Cath, EP, and IR labs, expanding the use of the solution to our Hybrid OR was a natural move as part of our migration to a single strategic platform for our high value Physician Preference Items (PPI).   During the expansion to the Hybrid OR the WaveMark solution continued to prove itself with over $100,000 in immediate savings through cross-department inventory sharing and optimization.  We are also pleased with the full real-time visibility into our inventory and usage that the system provides,” says Dan Johnson, RN, Director Surgical Services, Tufts Medical Center.  “The solution is well liked by staff because it’s easy to use, our workflows are more efficient, and we always have on hand what is needed by the surgical team to take care of patients.  The system supports Tufts culture of safety by proactively pushing pertinent information to us instead of clinicians having to react to costly and disruptive exceptions. ”

Building on a decade of success in the cardiovascular interventional procedure areas, WaveMark has expanded its OR solution portfolio to include:

  • The WaveMark SmartWand, an all-in-one RFID and barcode handheld reader specifically designed for the healthcare industry.  Fast and flexible, the SmartWand is used in conjunction with tablet apps to cycle count, streamline picking, manage remote stocking locations, and to place orders.
  • Over 50 custom RFID SmartCabinet configurations to support a variety of OR product, storage, and space needs.  The WaveMark RFID SmartCabinets support the efficient point-of-use tracking methodology which is favored by clinical staff over the workflow-inhibiting point-of-dispense style cabinets.
  • Support for a wide set of OR specialty areas ranging from cardiac surgery, cardiovascular rhythm management, orthopedic surgery, ophthalmic surgery, to less invasive interventional cardiology, neurovascular, peripheral vascular, interventional radiology, and electrophysiology procedures.
  • A mobile RFID tracking system that complements the RFID SmartCabinets and that leverages a hospital’s existing product storage units such as Metro shelves and refrigeration units.  This results in orders of magnitude increase in efficiency and accuracy over barcode based solutions.
  • WaveMark’s MobileHospital iPad app that enables tracking of lower value surgical supplies in the same cloud-based software solution as the products tracked with RFID, providing unified visibility across all items regardless of cost.
  • The most advanced and versatile point of care workstation to increase charge capture accuracy, provide product safety alerts, and enable operating room staff to quickly document product information in multiple systems with a simple wave of the RFID tag or a scan of a product barcode.  Administrators also benefit from this solution through accurate product cost per case statistics and other advanced analytics.
  • An implant and tissue tracking module that provides hospitals with an intuitive and efficient set of tools and workflows that meet their regulatory compliance objectives.
  • The ability to leverage investments in existing OR systems, ADT, billing, procurement, and clinical documentation systems with interfaces that free clinicians from tedious paperwork and eliminate repetitive data entry and errors.
  • Item level locator functionality that allows staff in the operating room to identify online the availability and location of medical items needed, thus decreasing turnover and case setup times, as well as improving patient safety.
  • Advanced Analytics, a browser-based business intelligence and analytics platform that provides time-series analysis of cost per case, inventory positions, usage, inventory costs, and other critical variables for trend and pattern detection in a single intuitive interface.
  • Partnerships with leading global medical device manufacturers that actively participate in the solution by shipping RFID tagged products to create shared visibility of inventory positions, and provide electronic notification to hospitals as shipments are processed and shipped from their distribution centers.

WaveMark is demonstrating its entire solution portfolio this week at HIMSS 2013 in New Orleans as a Diamond sponsor of the Intelligent Hospital Pavilion (booth 8711) and with partners Intelligent InSites (booth 8025) and HP (booth 8711).  WaveMark customers from Tufts Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital, and Saint Joseph’s Hospital Atlanta, will present at HIMSS and receive industry leadership recognition awards.  In addition, WaveMark is exhibiting this week with partner Skytron at the AORN conference in San Diego (booth 3517).

“WaveMark is uniquely positioned to meet the inventory management needs from interventional procedure areas to traditional and hybrid operating rooms,” says John Wass, CEO of WaveMark.  “Our solution brings new capabilities to the peri-operative space that will streamline data capture and allow for real-time supply management by exception.  Users will be able to rapidly resolve supply shortages and mitigate risks which will lead to improved patient safety and improved supply chain management.”

About WaveMark

WaveMark is the market leader in Real-Time Healthcare Supply Chain Innovation. WaveMark solutions drive innovation from point-of-manufacture to point-of-care enhancing patient safety and regulatory compliance, while improving the economics of healthcare.

WaveMark solutions leverage RFID, cloud, and mobile technologies to bring quality, financial, and operational transformation into the healthcare supply chain.  From real-time smart cabinets in hospitals to mobile apps for global medical suppliers, WaveMark’s flexible technology portfolio solves critical challenges in healthcare.

For more information go to www.wavemark.com

WaveMark is a registered trademark of WaveMark, Inc. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings described in this document are produced by WaveMark, Inc.

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Interview with Florida Hospital Orlando

Watch engaging interview with Florida Hospital Orlando about their WaveMark real-time RFID inventory management solution.  Watch the video here.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Selects HP to Help Improve Operations, Healthcare Services

HP to deliver nationwide locating system for VA hospital to manage assets, inventory and supplies.

HP Enterprise Services announced a maximum value $543 million Real-Time Location System (RTLS) contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to procure and deploy a management system that will assist in the automation and improvement of operations and veteran healthcare services.  In support of the RTLS program, HP is collaborating with world-class partners such as CenTrak, Intelligent InSites, and WaveMark, to perform development, integration, implementation, testing, training and support functions.  The WaveMark Real-Time RFID solution is already being used to track supplies in the Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Labs in the Ann Arbor and Detroit VA Medical Centers and will be expanded to 70 hospital catheterization labs across the National VA provider network.

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