Home Medical Equipment (HME)
Using barcode software, a distributor can control inventory supply areas with ease, as well as keep track of all equipment that is used, rented, and sold.
Inventory applications can be broken down into stockroom applications and check-in/check-out applications.
Stockroom inventory applications track consumable items (e.g., medication and supplies), while check in/out applications track shared or re-usable items (e.g., walkers, beds, wheelchairs, and other medical equipment).
For check-in/check-out, see the section below on Portable Asset Tracking.
Both solutions involve barcoded ID tags, which are placed on each inventory item, which employees can then scan into your database. Barcoding’s inventory management solution is designed for both mobile and stationary environments that will allow to you track:
- Adjustable Beds
- Bathroom Safety Products
- Bed Accessories
- Hospital Beds
- Lift Chairs
- Oxygen Concentrators
- Oxygen Tanks
- Patient Lifts
- Turn stands
HME Portable Asset Management
Home medical equipment is perhaps a distributor’s largest investment. Not only is it important to know where it is located. Maximizing the usage and the useful life of each asset is essential to ensure profitability.
As industry software is focused primarily on collecting payments, many distributors rely on manual, paper-based systems to keep track of their equipment. Unfortunately, these systems are error-prone, lack efficiency and fail to provide operational control and business intelligence.
An asset management software solution can provide an easy-to-use, highly efficient and effective process for managing and maintaining your critical assets.
A barcode label or RFID tag is applied to each piece of equipment and handheld mobile devices record relevant data at a variety of touch points as equipment is delivered and retrieved, moves through the warehouse, or undergoes maintenance actions.
Because HME distributors, by and large, have not invested in technology to manage equipment, a high-tech approach to asset tracking could deliver important new efficiencies and new revenues, including:
- Better equipment utilization and thus higher return on investment
- Increased accuracy for billing
- Improved ease and speed of producing reports for audits and meeting regulatory requirements
- Reduced employee time and errors from taking manual inventories and/or manually inputting equipment data into systems
- Eliminating lost equipment and therefore reducing replacement spending and lost revenue
- Reduced paperwork
Either done using a wireless connection (RF) or through batch collection, data collection with portable terminals is invaluable to your inventory management activities.
Batch data collection refers to types of applications in which information is collected and stored on a handheld terminal. After the work is complete, the handheld is placed into a docking cradle, and the information is uploaded all at once into the host application. Batch applications are ideal for scan intensive work in which the collected data is not needed in real-time.
Wireless data collection, or RF data collection, though more expensive to implement than batch, will provide you with updated information in real-time. This can be important when the information is time sensitive and the information needs to be updated constantly.