Novel wireless application goes live

InfoLogix has announced that the first successful implementation in the US of a mobile wireless application for the healthcare industry running on the SAP NetWeaver Mobile 7.1 offering is now live at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. Located in one of the world’s largest medical and research centres, Baylor College of Medicine’s Wireless Asset Tracking System (WATS) is using four handheld devices, running a custom application of the latest version of SAP NetWeaver Mobile that was designed, developed, and deployed by InfoLogix. The handheld devices are used to scan and track its inventory of more than 10,000 medical, research and scientific devices, located in 55 buildings throughout the Texas Medical Centre and the city of Houston. With the SAP NetWeaver Mobile 7.1 Ramp-Up process that started in August 2007, BCM looked to replace the time-consuming and complicated manual process of tracking and updating its inventory. The SAP Ramp-Up program provided the right framework for Baylor. Using the program’s scoping document, BCM established a schedule for completing the project in just 12 short weeks. The solution developed by InfoLogix allows BCM to capture and record data in real-time, automatically uploading the latest identification and location information into the organisation’s tracking system, which runs on the SAP ERP application. SAP NetWeaver Mobile 7.1 provides BCM the utmost in inventory feedback, accuracy and asset management operations. “Communication with the InfoLogix team has been the cornerstone of this project from the very beginning,” said Paul Sammons, Analyst and Project Lead at Baylor College of Medicine. “InfoLogix understood exactly what we wanted to accomplish, and took our ideas from theory to development.” As one of the top medical schools and medical research institutions in the US, Baylor College of Medicine is dedicated to providing students, researchers and employees with the best and most modern equipment available. As a result, the list of assets BCM must manage is extensive and expensive, ranging in values from USD 5000 to millions of dollars each. It includes everything from microscopes, cameras, genome sequencers, various types of medical equipment and scientific equipment, to clinical equipment, computer hardware and motor vehicles. “We are very excited about WATS,” said Robin S. Lee, utive Director, Finance and Administration at BCM. “The efficiencies gained with this wireless tool will enable the Property Control staff to maintain quality inventory information as we experience rapid expansion with the opening of the Baylor Clinic and Hospital, and offers future functionality for tracking hospital equipment real-time.” David Gulian, president and CEO of InfoLogix said: “Knowing the location of medical devices and other equipment assets is vital to the efficient operation of any medical facility, and that goes double for an organisation as large as Baylor College of Medicine. From our perspective as healthcare and commercial mobility experts, this project is a ringing endorsement of the capabilities of SAP NetWeaver Mobile, and proves that the platform is more than ready for prime time.”


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