The Agile System local logistics solution optimizes medical device inventory management processes
The healthcare sector is currently facing major development and innovation challenges, so it is vital that it faces a digital transformation. This is one of the main messages of the session ‘Leadership 4.0. Strategy development in digital transformation’, an event organized by Cardiva together with the Basque Health Cluster.
“We cannot continue to work in the 21st century with 20th century logistics,” said Unai Atristain, Director of Cardiva Clinic. This company has promoted the application of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology for stock management of medical devices in the hospital sector. “With the Agile System tool, Cardiva wanted to adapt to market and healthcare personnel demand, moving from purchase-product to purchase-service. We have managed to place our packs on the network to manage consumption without increasing customers’ costs,” he explained.
The OSI Galdakao (Biscay) has already relied on RFID to manage storage more efficiently and to free the nursing staff from administrative work. The Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital (Santander) has also implemented this technology to control storage and adapt stock to demand, avoiding financial burdens for the health center.
“It is a paradigm shift in the traceability of products, which becomes unitary and serialized,” said Gorka Gallardo, CEO of Raindance, a company that developed this logistics solution. “RFID technology is a barcode 4.0 that allows us to know the reserves and storage in real time and reduce costs. With the RFID reading speed, stock control is accurate and administrative processes are reduced, relieving the workload of hospital professionals,” Gallardo explained.
A commitment with local industry
Agile System is integrated into the hospital’s service map and promotes automation, vertical integration, flexibility, and a close sales service. Carlos Ibares, director of Interventional Cardiology, Radiology and Neuroradiology at Cardiva, highlighted the company’s commitment to km0 industry: ” Reactivating the local economy is a task that is the responsibility of all of us. At the same time, it reduces the carbon footprint because, as it is a local manufacturing and logistics solution, the impact of greenhouse gases related to these activities is minimized. This is important for our customers, for the industrial sector and for ourselves.
All the participants in the session ‘Leadership 4.0. Strategy development in digital transformation’ agreed that RFID technology not only enables more efficient stock tracking, but also improves patient care by ensuring that the products they need for their treatment are available when they need them and reduces waiting list times.
Cardiva is a Spanish company that commercializes and manufactures a wide range of medical products on a global scale. Innovation, through collaboration with healthcare professionals, has been our priority for more than 30 years, with the aim of improving the quality of life of patients and promoting the sustainability of healthcare systems.