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152 US veteran affairs hospitals track assets in real time with RFID

152 US veteran affairs hospitals track assets in real time with RFID

Oatsystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems has been selected as a subcontractor to HP Enterprise Services' maximum value US$543 million indefinite delivery indefinite quantity real time location system (RTLS) contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to procure and deploy a RFID asset management system at 152 of its hospitals that will assist in the automation and improvement of operations and veteran healthcare services. Oat will supply RFID software and readers to more than 7,500 read points across VA medical centers.

“Oat's passive RFID solutions provide us with up to the minute inventory and asset data across multiple facilities, supporting our vision to improve health care efficiency across the VA enterprise,” said Kimberly Brayley, Director, RTLS Project Management Office, Veterans Health Administration.

Oat's RFID software platform and RFID enabled use cases provide the flexibility needed to track a wide range of assets within a medical facility, from capital assets to low cost consumables. The technology enables instant location and up to the minute availability of medical assets for primary care (incubators, diagnostic supplies, sterilizing equipment) and facility operations (laboratory equipment, uninterruptable power supplies, biological safety cabinets), improving patient care while reducing excess inventory. Oat passive RFID solutions will also be used to track IT assets (smartphones, laptops, network routers) across VA facilities, to improve operational efficiency and asset utilization.

“Oatsystems is a key member of the HP team, as it brings an enterprise class RFID platform, innovative RFID asset tracking solutions and has a broad scale and scope of passive global RFID deployments”, said Don Picard, federal healthcare VP, HP Enterprise Services, US Public Sector.

“Healthcare providers are increasingly deploying RFID and RTLS technology to improve operational performance and patient care, and the VA is leading the way with nationally standardized solutions.” said Prasad Putta, EVP and GM of Merchandise Visibility and RFID, Checkpoint Systems.

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