Jeff Bernstein is confident is you ask office managers at an ambulatory surgery center what their biggest frustrations are, the theft of scrubs would be on just about everybody’s top three list.
“It’s a big problem,” Bernstein said. “Scrubs get stolen at most facilities; it doesn’t matter whether its a hospital or an outpatient facility.”
Sometimes the theft is intentional and other times it’s simple absentmindedness. His King of Prussia company has a potential solution. ImageFirst recently launched a product called the ScrubVault System, writes John George in the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The system features a compact cabinet that houses scrubs, both tops and pants, embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for tracking and traceability. With the ScrubVault System, health care professionals are given a card with a unique barcode to open the cabinet and select their scrubs. The system automatically tracks what was taken. Once the transaction is complete, the system generates a usage report to that help the medical center make inventory decisions.
“Some people will just take a picture of the barcode with their fun and wave that [to gain entry],” said Bernstein, ImageFirst’s president. “We are also developing an app that will make the process even easier.”
ImageFirst is renting the high-tech ScrubVault cabinets for $85 per week. Since the start of the year the company has installed about 60 ScrubVaults and expects to the see the number rise to “a couple of hundred” by the end of the year, Bernstein said.
Bernstein said the industry has attempted to solve the theft and inventory problem without a lot of success.
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