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New York Hospital Queens Tests RFID Inventory System

RFID revolutionized the way that supply chains are able to track, account for, and ship goods throughout the world. The system allows for complex shipments of various material to be efficiently tracked throughout the supply chain. But a revolutionary new tool using RFID technology has recently found its way to New York City, giving medical staff a way to keep a close eye on valuable, life saving devices and items. The Smart Cabinet, first developed in Israel, helps keep expensive items under a sophisticated lock and key: The Smart Cabinet is a locked receptacle containing five shelves, on which up to 350 implantable devices and other medical items are stored. If a hospital employee requires an implant or other items, he or she must first present an employee badge with a built-in RFID tag. The Smart Cabinet's RFID reader captures the tag's unique identifier and uses the LogiTag software to determine whether that individual is authorized to access that particular cabinet. If access is approved, the software sends instructions to release the lock, while simultaneously storing the ID number linked to that staff member's identity. What does this mean for supply chain? To start, it recognizes the increasing importance and intelligence of the RFID system ““ in the future, supply chain managers may be able to tap this sort of specific locked-down solution to allow only personnel with the correct clearance to take and ship certain products or materials. Every shipment would automatically include what is being shipped, who picked it up to begin with, and where it is going.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid’s Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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