Carolinas Medical Center Expands Use of Mobile Aspects RFID Technology

PITTSBURGH & CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mobile Aspects announced today that the Carolinas Heart and Vascular Institute (CHVI) at Carolinas Medical Center has expanded their use of iRISupply™, a clinical resource management system that manages medical devices and supplies through radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The cabinet-based system was initially deployed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory suite to store, track, and manage the utilization of high cost items such as Drug-Eluting stents and PTCA balloon catheters. The organization has now expanded its use of the system by deploying twenty-six units to manage those items for additional cardiac catheterization laboratories while also managing pacemakers and ICDs for the electrophysiology laboratories.

With these additional units, CHVI will complete a broader deployment of the technology to support efforts to increase charge capture accuracy, eliminate product expiration, and optimize on-hand inventory levels to support organizational improvement initiatives. Through the initial implementation of iRISupply, CHVI was able to identify an opportunity to improve charge capture accuracy and product utilization by nearly $65,000 annually.

“Our initial implementation of iRISupply within the cardiac catheterization laboratory allowed us to evaluate the unique capabilities of deploying an RFID-enabled technology that will improve medical device and supply utilization,” shared Dennis Chadwick, Technical Supervisor for CHVI. “With our expansion, we are anxious to realize the assistance the technology can provide towards our goals of improving our medical supply and device utilization processes.”

The iRISupply system is part of the Mobile Aspects One System of CARE™ solution, which employs identification and information technologies to automate processes for clinical resource management by healthcare providers. One System of CARE uses Texas Instruments Inc.’s Tag-it™ HF-I portfolio of high-frequency ISO/IEC 15693 RFID tags. By automating the storage, tracking, utilization, and billing of clinical resources through RFID, healthcare providers realize enhanced care quality, increased productivity, accurate billing, and significant inventory cost savings.

About Carolinas Medical Center

Carolinas Medical Center is an 861-bed hospital which includes a Level I trauma center, a research institute, a children’s hospital, a rehabilitation facility and a large number of specialty treatment units, including heart, cancer, and organ transplantation. CMC is the flagship hospital of Carolinas HealthCare System, the third largest public healthcare system in the US and CMC also serves as one of North Carolina’s five Academic Medical Center Teaching Hospitals, providing residency training for over 200 physicians in 15 specialties.

About Mobile Aspects

Mobile Aspects, Inc. of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a healthcare technology supplier focused on providing an integrated suite of clinical resource management solutions to automate the management of supply, asset, drug and patient tracking through the One System of CARE solution. The cornerstone of these technological capabilities is Intelligent Radio Frequency Inventory System (iRISTM), the industry’s leading patent-protected tracking architecture that leverages radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Through this innovative technology, clinicians and other care providers experience a hands free approach to managing the resources used in the patient care process.

Mobile Aspects can be found on the web at www.mobileaspects.com.

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