Cardinal Health's Connect System is a comprehensive inventory-management solution that uses custom product bar codes and scanners to facilitate supply ordering. The system helps labs create a consistent ordering process. It also helps labs better control supply expenses by reducing unnecessary inventory and by allowing them to track supply spend by department and test platform. The system supports the various work-flow needs of core labs and their departments, such as histology and microbiology. It creates a standardized ordering process for all products and vendors, allows direct electronic-order submission and has the flexibility to also link into each facility's existing purchasing or information system.