OR Implants and The Case for Supply Chain Automation

In an industry using surgical robots and ultraviolet disinfecting technologies, the utilization of sticky notes seems a bit archaic, especially when said sticky note is responsible for tracking implants worth thousands of dollars. The hospital operating room is a multi-million dollar enterprise when labor costs, device costs, implant costs and supply chain costs are all factored in. However, in many hospitals the OR lacks a sophisticated process for managing implants and monitoring the supply chain. "In an [average operating room], you're pulling sticky notes off devices that are being implanted into someone" and sticking them on tracking sheets, says Derek Smith, chief commercial officer of

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