Operative IQ receives raved reviews during a JEMS Pannel Discussion

EMS Technology Solutions’ Operative IQ received great reviews during JEMS’ recent asset management panel “Changing the Game: Embrace new technology to manage assets,” on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

JEMS’ panel discussion featured several of the industry’s top leaders to discuss the results of a 327-respondent survey administered by JEMS on the general topic of efficient asset management. Respondents were asked questions that included identifying: issues within inventory management, estimated waste of inventory per year, inventory level management, technology solutions to address inventory issues and supply accountability. Panelists Dr. James J. Augustine Medical Director for U.S. Acute Care Solutions, Chief Michael Baker Director of Emergency Medical Services for the Tulsa Fire Department and Sean Tyler President and COO of Fallon Ambulance deliberated and offered industry insight to the survey results.

When asked about the tacking of prescription medications, Chief Michael Baker Director of EMS for Tulsa Fire Department disclosed at the beginning of the panel discussion his operation’s employment of Operative IQ. Prior to the operations management software, Tulsa Fire used paper logs to track its controlled substances. According to Chief Baker, this process was inefficient and costly with regards to the man hours it took to continue to track the medications. Now, Chief Baker knows his narcotic medications are safe and accounted for because he can track where they are at all times through the Operative IQ Controlled Substance Tracking system.

“We don’t have any concerns about equipment that is in that system,” Chief Baker said. “It’s been a very beneficial process for us to be able to have that everyday accountability.”

Before Tulsa Fire began using Operative IQ, tracking expiration dates on controlled substances was a hassle. The operation’s tracking system consisted of a “phone tree,” calling various members within the agency to identify when medications were about to expire and needed to be replaced.

“Now we can pull it up in real time and look what’s out there and understand what we have to order and not,” Chief Baker said.

To hear more of Chief Michael Baker’s commentary, the full panel’s discussion and the survey results, please visit JEMS’ website. The video is available on-demand video, but viewers must complete a short, one time registration form before being re-directed to the discussion.

EMS Technology Solutions offers cutting edge, but affordable operations management software and products designed with First Responders in mind. The company’s Operative IQ Operations Management Software offers modules that include: Inventory Management, Asset Management, Purchasing Features, Integrated Purchasing, Fleet Management, Service Desk and RFID Tracking. EMS Technology Solutions has won four consecutive EMS World Top Innovation Awards for its operations management software.

For more information, please contact the Operative IQ team.

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EMS Technology Solutions Unveils a New Product

EMS Technology Solutions Unveils a New Product

Winning the EMS World Top Innovation Award, EMS Technology Solutions unveils its newest product, the Operative IQ RFID Drug Safe.

Increasing operation security for an affordable price, the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Drug Safe takes advantage of RFID technology to offer real-time monitoring of tagged equipment. Per industry standards, drug safes must be verified each time it is accessed to maintain operational integrity. EMS Technology Solution’s RFID Drug safe performs this operation in a matter of seconds. It tracks tagged loose drugs and drug boxes to produce accurate results and reduce labor.

The safe is integrated with Operative IQ’s Operations Management Software that is designed specifically with First Responders in mind. Each drug within the safe is tagged with a passive RFID tag, replacing the standard control number tags currently used within the industry. Drug boxes are tracked using BLE beacons. Both the beacons and the tags communicate with Operative IQ’s Operations Management Software to provide accurate and reportable data that can be ready for an audit within minutes.

EMS Technology Solutions’ RFID Drug safe is designed with a thin backwall RFID reader that continuously inventories the content of the safe and compares it to the Operative IQ Operations Management Software to identify and report any discrepancies. An LED Status Light is mounted to the top of the safe to indicate if the contents of the drug safe are accurate or inaccurate. If accurate, the light will remain green, but if inaccurate, the light will alternate between green and red providing a clear sign that there is an error.

Specifications for the RFID reader and the safe are as follows:

RFID Reader Kit- For Existing Safes

  • Radio Band 902-928 MHz (North America) UHF
  • Communication over Wi-Fi or Ethernet
  • Enabled for Passive RFID and BLE Beacons
  • GPIO Capable with External LED Status Light
  • Different kit sizes available

 

Physical Safe- Optional upon Purchase

  • Dimensions: 42” x 24.25” x 22”, 3 Shelves, 375 lbs.
  • Textured black powder coat finish with chrome hardware
  • Fully upholstered gray fabric interiors and adjustable shelving
  • S&G’s EMP resistant electronic low profile electronic lock is standard
  • 83,000 BTU Fire Rating

EMS Technology Solutions offers cutting edge yet affordable operations management software and products designed with first responders in mind. The company’s Operative IQ Operations Management Software offers modules that include: Inventory Management, Asset Management, Purchasing Features, Integrated Purchasing, Fleet Management, Service Desk and RFID Tracking. EMS Technology Solutions has won four consecutive EMS World Top Innovation Awards for its operations management software.

For more information, please contact the Operative IQ Team.

Healing the Budget of Medical Equipment Overhead

Source: INTALERE BEST PRACTICES COMPENDIUM: Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply Cost Efficiency

Healing the Budget of Medical Equipment Overhead


ISSUE

The difficulty in monitoring, track and replace expiring and obsolete medical supplies were costing Bell Ambulance thousands of dollars annually in overhead. Bell Ambulance was stockpiling supplies that had a limited shelf life to avoid the running out of crucial items. This led to a great deal of wasted capital and an increased the required amount of physical space to store the extra supplies.

SOLUTION

Bell Ambulance implemented a multi-faceted approach to lower overhead costs and reduce waste caused by the expired supplies. SKUs were prioritized consistent with company objectives, using the appropriate number of product categories and leveraging the investment to maximize fill rates. Safety stock levels were updated dynamically, with levels for each category based on the financial goals of the business, which served to reduce safety stock inventory and out-of-stock situations, and increase revenue. A central supply office was developed to ensure all equipment is well maintained, inventory levels are verified and items with approaching expiration dates are placed on more frequently used ambulances.

OUTCOME

Successful implementation of centralized ordering and the stocking processes have resulted in maximizing efficient and cost-effective purchasing and storage solutions. Medical supply purchasing decreased by 8.5% in the first fiscal year while call volume increased by 5.5%.

ABOUT BELL AMBULANCE, INC.

Bell Ambulance is the largest Emergency Medical Transport company in Wisconsin. The agency is headquartered in Milwaukee. It has a fleet of 60 emergency vehicles and a staff of 350 employees. Bell Ambulance responds to 70,000 medical calls annually. It is a progressive, client-oriented company devoted to providing high-quality emergency and non-emergency medical services. Bell Ambulance began using Operative IQ in 2009 to control their medical supplies and equipment.

 

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