Project at a glance: Defense Health Patient Movement Items Tracking System

GCN Awards Organization: Department of Defense Military Health System, Defense Health Services System.

Project: Patient Movement Items Tracking System.

Challenge: To create a system for tracking medical equipment as it accompanies patients from the battlefield to convalescent facilities, to enable staff to ensure that needed equipment is available when and where it is necessary.

Solution: The Patient Movements Item Tracking System records the location of medical equipment through bar-code scanning at each stop. The data is stored in a central database that is available to logisticians via a Web interface.

Impact: Officials say there has not been an instance where medical equipment was unavailable for a transport mission. At the same time, independent analysts estimate that the PMITS system saves at least $6 million per year in inventory management costs alone.

Duration: 2004 to present.

Cost: Development cost, $3 million; annual IT cost, $500,000.

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