The hip bone’s connected to the supply chain.
Our current healthcare system is fraught with inefficiency. Take your typical hospital, for example.
The amount of time hospital staff spend manually locating, identifying and reordering surgical
supplies results in a significant amount of lost revenue. On a smarter planet, we can instrument
supply chains to provide higher levels of efficiency.
Implanet, a midsize medical device company, saw an opportunity to create a new business model
to do just that. With the help of IBM and our Business Partners, Implanet invented the traceable
surgical implant process. Tagged with intelligent RFID chips, implants can be traced through the
chain—from manufacturer to distributor to hospital to patient. This highly automated system gives
Implanet and their clients visibility of product information and inventory online. Surgeons can
access data on implants they’ve inserted, and hospitals can set up automatic stock adjustments—
helping reduce administration time significantly. The new efficiency gained means hospitals can
spend more time on what matters most—their patients. To see more evidence of smarter midsize
businesses, go to ibm.com/engines/implant2. Let’s build a smarter planet.
Midsize businesses are the engines of a smarter planet.
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