After a careful search, they made a decision to deploy ARC Healthcare Technologies’ (ARCHLT) Helios solution to replace their existing inventory management system. Helios integrates with RAIN RFID technology from Impinj to provide a comprehensive set of capabilities used to optimize their inventory management processes across multiple hospital locations. As part of the system deployment, existing supply rooms and storage infrastructure such as cabinets, carts and shelves were retrofitted with Impinj RAIN RFID readers and antennas, creating 500 read points spread throughout the hospital’s storage areas. Fixed reader points were also installed in supply room transition points such as doorways. Workstations outfitted with RAIN RFID label printers were setup in receiving areas to enable hospital staff to print and encode RAIN RFID tags and attach them to supplies when they first entered the hospital. The low cost and small form factor of RAIN RFID meant they could tag a wide range of inventory items at the individual item level including implants, medications, catheters and so on. Once inventory is individually tagged, the supplies are tracked in the Helios system throughout their lifecycle, including location and expiration dates, length of time in inventory, movement of inventory from one supply location to another, and so on. Furthermore, items going into an operating or procedure room are also tracked and monitored through this system. Helios inputs the information on consumed medical supplies, via a hand-held RFID scanner, or a mobile, self-contained scanning workstation, into the EMR system containing the patient’s medical record and also sends this information to the hospital’s billing system. With this level of visibility into hospital inventories, the supply chain team can now continuously monitor inventory levels throughout the hospital in real time, and when appropriate automatically generate requisitions and purchase orders to reorder products such as implants, medications, catheters thereby ensuring that optimal inventory levels are maintained at all times.