Thursday, 25 August 2016 17:22

Hardcat solution improves Royal Melbourne Hospital stock management

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The Royal Melbourne Hospital has deployed the latest stock managment module from Melbourne-based asset management company Hardcat to transform the way it procures, manages and stores spare parts used in the maintenance and repair of critical medical equipment used in clinical operations.

According to Lakshmi Thiru, a biomedical engineer in RMH’s Clinical Engineering Department (CED), the new stock management module from Hardcat has helped to extend the benefits provided by Hardcat’s existing solution which was rolled out in 2015.

And, Thiru also says the stock management module has significantly improved the hospital’s processes for storing and managing spare parts, effectively increasing productivity within the department.

“Implementing the stock management module has been the driver of a substantial transformation within our department,” Thiru says.

“It has allowed us to better manage the spare parts we keep on hand and to monitor our usage of these parts.

“Through use of the image upload feature, we are now easily able to identify and locate the relevant spare parts we keep on hand when we need them.”

Thiru says another useful function RMH has enabled through the Hardcat stock management module is the ability to set up alerts when minimum stock thresholds are breached.

“When the inventory of spares of a particular part held in stock drops below a certain number, we are automatically notified,” he says.

“We then use this function to generate a weekly stock re-order report to assist in placing orders and maintaining our stock of parts at a serviceable level.

“In addition, we are also now able to better analyse our usage of spare parts by creating customised reports from the data to highlight the most frequently used spare parts and strategically adjust our maximum and minimum levels for the part accordingly.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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