Enabling Life-Saving Connections with Internet of Things in Healthcare

Posted on Aug 17, 2017 by Shariq Hussain

In the healthcare technology industry, the Internet of Things is top of mind. Particularly with our focus on RFID healthcare technology and our involvement in the RAIN Alliance, Intelliguard® RFID is thoroughly immersed in and dedicated to harnessing the power of interconnected objects and devices. (RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet and is our platform for enabling critical pharmaceutical inventory management solutions.) The concept of IoT can be amorphous, however, and it is sometimes difficult to see the impact technology can have on our day-to-day lives without looking at the person at the end of the line – the patient.

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Mitigate Risk When Making a Hospital Purchase: Total Cost Considerations

Posted on Aug 9, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

Evaluating and purchasing new technology is challenging. When confronted with a variety of options it’s tempting to focus on price. While that’s certainly a factor, it’s important to consider the total cost and return you can expect. Hospital technology purchases can be complex and have a long use period. Thinking beyond the immediate application and timeframe can help you plan well and mitigate risk.

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Transforming Industries: Takeaways from the RAIN RFID Alliance Meeting

Posted on Aug 3, 2017 by Paul Elizondo

The RAIN RFID Alliance gets together three times a year to discuss our mission to enable businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage items in our everyday world. As the Chairman of the Healthcare Workgroup, seeing the exciting innovations at the meetings and witnessing the growth of the Alliance, which now includes over 150 members such as Amazon, Google and Impinj, is always inspiring. July's Alliance meeting in Seattle was no exception. RAIN RFID is transforming industries. Here are three of my takeaways from the meeting.

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Alleviate the Stress of Drug Availability in the OR: Meet LVIS at AANA

Posted on Jul 27, 2017 by Shirin Rejali

 

Appearing for the first time at the 2017 Nurse Anesthesia Annual Congress this September in Seattle, we are excited to feature the revolutionary Intelliguard® Linked Visibility Inventory System™. LVIS™ is the first medication inventory optimization system designed to support anesthesia care teams. Care teams enjoy hassle-free workflows and are able to focus on patients, with the confidence that the right medication inventory will be available when and where needed.  

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Surviving Drug Shortages with Improved Inventory Management

Posted on Jul 19, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

Managing medication inventory in acute care settings is challenging under the best of circumstances. When drug shortages occur, the challenge magnifies and may impact patient health and safety. Hospital and health system pharmacists are responsible for managing all medications throughout the facility, and serve a critical role in delivering quality patient care. Optimizing drug inventory throughout a facility is a critical strategy the pharmacy team can use to better deal with drug shortages. Innovative technologies such as Intelliguard® RFID provide the visibility to make this improved inventory management possible.

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Increasing Safety & Efficiency in the OR: RAIN RFID Alliance Meeting

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by Paul Elizondo

 

The RAIN RFID Alliance meeting is coming up on July 18-20 in Seattle. We are proud to be RAIN charter members, following the highest quality RFID standards. The sessions on July 20th are free and open to the public. We are especially excited about "Increasing Safety and Efficiency in the OR", which will be presented by Emily J. Tschumper, Pharm. D., MS, of North Mississippi Medical Center along with Paula Dycaico of Intelliguard® RFID.

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Improve Visibility and Control of Clinical Trial Medications with RFID

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 by Danielle Culham

The clinical trial process is a critical step in bringing new medications to patients.  While it can be lengthy and time-consuming, participating in clinical trials is extremely exciting and rewarding for hospitals and health systems. Providers participate in clinical trials for a variety of reasons, including improving patient care, increasing knowledge and contributing to their field. There are also direct and indirect financial benefits of participation. It is imperative when conducting a clinical trial that regulatory requirements and guidelines are strictly followed.

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Responding to Drug Recalls Quickly with Intelliguard RFID

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

On June 15, 2017, it was announced that Hospira is voluntarily recalling “... 42 lots of 8.4% Sodium Bicarbonate Injection, USP, 50 mL vials; 5 lots of NeutTM (Sodium Bicarbonate 4% additive solution) 5 mL vials; 5 lots of QUELICINTM (Succinylcholine Chloride Injection, USP) 200 mg/10 mL vials; and 7 lots of Potassium Phosphates Injection, USP, 45 mM vials to the hospital/retail level.” The recall is "due to a potential for lack of sterility assurance." Those with existing inventory of the recalled lots have been instructed to stop use and distribution immediately. In addition, on June 22nd, a press release was issued to announce that "Advanced Pharma, Inc. d/b/a Avella of Houston Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Specific Lots of Potassium Phosphate and Succinylcholine Repacked and/or Compounded at its Houston Location as a Result of Hospira, Inc's June 15, 2017 Recall of Such Products Due to a Potential Lack of Sterility Assurance."

In order to keep up with the ongoing volume and complexity of drug recalls and ensure patient safety, many hospitals have turned to Intelliguard® RFID pharmacy automation solutions, enabling them to manage recalls more quickly and effectively.

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When In Doubt, Throw It Out: Reducing High Value Medication Waste

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 by Danielle Culham

Health system pharmacy teams are charged with accurate medication inventory and distribution management, prioritizing patient care and safety, and also controlling costs. Balancing these demands is made more challenging when it comes to high value medications, which often have strict security and storage requirements. To reduce medication waste and control costs, effective inventory optimization strategies can be employed by pharmacy teams using innovative RFID healthcare technology.

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Inova Gains 8 Weeks of Staff Time: Intelliguard RFID Pharmacy Automation Case Study

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

When we survey hospital pharmacists, many of them indicate that improving the speed and efficiency of managing medications at their facility, along with reducing errors, are their top challenges. In December of last year, Drug Topics addressed the use of RFID for automating hospital medication replenishment to deal with these challenges in an article titled “Hospitals Turn to RFID for Medication Replenishment.” The article discussed Intelliguard® RFID Kit and Tray Management System implementations at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA. We recently completed a quality study with Inova, the results of which are outlined in a new case study and highlight the benefits of RFID for hospitals and health systems dealing with common challenges.

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