After Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) discovered its emergency warehouse needed improvements to meet federal mandates and a solution to improve the limitations with its current inventory management system.
They discovered that while they were confident in their ability to efficiently respond to public health and health care facilities’ needs, they needed to improve their ability to control and manage inventory to prevent asset loss. After researching numerous options, MSDH implemented a new inventory management system, Fishbowl Inventory, which met all federal requirements and addressed all of their specific needs as well. With the lessons of Hurricane Katrina behind them and Fishbowl Inventory fully implemented, MSDH was able to immediately set up inventory control within their emergency warehouse within the early days of the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak. Utilizing the standalone system, they were able to deploy pandemic influenza assets to various facilities in a timely and efficient manner. The success of the emergency warehouse operations hinged primarily on the inventory management system and the team that operated it.