A manufacturer of implantable medical devices, IBMImplanet has selected IBM sensor technology as the foundation for BeepN’Track, a new service that traces the movement of Implanet’s products, including knee and hip implants – across its supply chain to hospitals. Spiraling medical costs and growing demand for medical care present the health care industry with unprecedented challenges. To meet the cost and quality expectations of the hospitals it serves, Implanet is infusing its operations with new intelligence to reduce the costs associated with human error, out-of-stock products, and supply chain inefficiencies while offering the best possible medical devices and supporting services.
Completely traceable products have been offered by Implanet, that gives health care providers the peace of mind that comes with being able to easily identify patients whose implanted medical devices are the subject of a recall. Prior to the creation of its new system, Implanet had no means of tracking its products once they left its manufacturing facilities. This meant the company’s medical devices were difficult to trace once shipped. The information stored on the tags is gathered by IBM’s WebSphere Sensor Events software and transmitted to IBM’s InfoSphere Traceability Server software. This allows Implanet to manage and share information with the systems of any trading partners that adhere to GS1 EPCglobal’s Electronic Product Code Information Services standard for capturing and sharing sensor data.