Cardiva presents its improved radiofrequency-based logistics solution at the Anecorm Congress
More than 500 nurses have recently gathered at the sixteenth edition of the Congress of the National Association of Human Resources Coordinating Nurses (Anecorm) in Malaga. Under the slogan ‘Managing resources, providing solutions’, these three days have raised a number of issues, such as value-based purchasing in the public healthcare system or the new challenges in terms of purchasing and logistics in a “stressed” global market. In this area, Cardiva presented to the professionals the improvement of Agile System, its logistics solution based on radiofrequency, in an app that allows real-time control of hospital stocks.
This was detailed by Unai Atristain, Clinical Director of Cardiva: “The improvement consists of an app that is available to hospitals for real-time control of stocks and consumption”.
Ainhoa Peña, product specialist at Cardivais, has focused on two fundamental aspects of this application: on the one hand, the national manufacturing that allows “investing and reverting in the Spanish economy”; as well as the innovative and development edge gives the capacity to “go hand in hand with the healthcare professionals”.
There are hospitals, such as the Toledo Hospital Complex, that already have this tool. Emilia Rasero, supervisor of Hemodynamics and Arrhythmias at the center, explained that, thanks to the joint work with Cardiva and the team itself, they have managed to make this system their own.
Atristain: “The app allows real-time control of stocks and consumption.
Undoubtedly, with this tool they have been able to save time, an essential issue in Hemodynamics. “The fact that we don’t have to be preparing things every time we have to put something in the field makes it much faster and shortens times in the ER. In the case of an emergency in hemodynamics, such as a heart attack, every minute counts and this has made everything much better,” he explained.
It also offers extra storage and, in the Rasero service, it has made it possible to reorganize its warehouses. “Each piece of equipment has its place, but we have reduced the production of syringes, for example; another positive thing is the decrease in waste production,” he added.
In addition, for Rasero, the incorporation of the app has been a plus in her work as a supervisor, because with just one click she has the information about the available material: “With the cell phone I know how much is left of each pack, the daily, weekly and monthly consumption. I also know when the next replenishment is going to take place, which gives me much more peace of mind when it comes to working.
The advantages of local production
As Cardiva explains, Agile System offers a “national manufacturing and logistics solution” in Malaga, with control and vertical integration of the processes. Javier de la Morena, coordinator of Material Resources of the Provincial Purchasing Center of Malaga, precisely, has shown that local production is “very important” because it has been demonstrated that depending on foreign production causes problems.
De la Morena: “Producing locally is an asset because it is faster in terms of both time and reaction capacity”.
“Producing locally is a value because, both in terms of time and reaction capacity, it is much faster”, he defended. In addition, it is also more sustainable, from an environmental point of view. “The carbon footprint is something we should be very concerned about and having a company nearby that can supply us with a product in a short period of time and respecting the environment is a huge added value,” he said.
For all these reasons, De la Morena argued that this is the way forward and that the model of purchasing from Asian countries should be left behind.
As for future challenges, the coordinator of Material Resources asked for the collaboration of the industry because, as he found, there are many things that the healthcare system cannot do for reasons such as public financing, slow mechanisms of action, many processes… This is when it would be convenient to count on the industry because it has flexibility and can provide logistical, integration and process solutions that cannot be reached by other means. “In all of that we should count on industry, because it also brings us added value to our healthcare.”
The Cardiva system
The Agile label, with RFID technology, provides the reference, EAN code, batch, expiration date and unique serial code of each single-use medical device marketed by the company.
With this information, which is automatically synchronized in the network, it is possible to consult, through the INTagileservice software, the consumption and cost. This provides accurate and transparent monitoring of available stock.