Gain 100% Visibility to Shelved Hospital Inventory with Advanced RFID

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

Advanced radio frequency identification (RFID) technology solutions are designed to eliminate manual, error-prone processes and provide 100% visibility and traceability to all inventory to which an RFID tag is applied – anywhere throughout an enterprise.
RFID healthcare technology for hospital pharmacy automation saves time, eliminates errors and provides actionable intelligence to optimize inventory. The best solutions understand hospital pharmacy operations and have developed technology and processes that optimize efficiency without workarounds.

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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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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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Using RFID to Augment ADC Anesthesia Medication Inventory Management

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

Medication management and distribution in the operating room (OR) can be labor-intensive and prone to human error. Making sure medication inventory is available when and where needed, and safe, is imperative and time-critical. Some hospitals have adopted automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs) to help with medication management in the OR. However, maintaining adequate inventory levels, eliminating stock-outs, managing outdated inventory and handling recalls continues to be time-consuming and an ongoing challenge. Augmenting existing cabinets with RFID systems enables pharmacists to more accurately and efficiently manage critical inventory.

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Ensure Your Crash Carts Are Emergency-Ready with RFID Technology

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Jill Estrin, MPH

While doctors and caregivers are at the front lines of dealing with emergencies, much of the planning and preparation starts with the pharmacy. Pharmacy teams are responsible for ensuring that critical medication is available when and where needed, safe and valid (i.e. not expired or recalled.) Crash cart preparedness plays an important role in emergency preparedness and is markedly improved with the addition of innovative RFID healthcare technology.

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Improving Staff Well-Being with Hospital Pharmacy RFID Automation

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

Hospital pharmacy automation projects often start with the primary goals of increasing patient safety and improving care. The benefits of error reduction and pharmacist time returned to focus on patient care activities have been well measured and documented. While those are key performance indicators when implementing radio frequency identification (RFID) in hospital pharmacies for medication inventory management, there are other important benefits to automation as well. These include improved staff satisfaction, morale and overall well-being. The “softer” benefits might sometimes be overlooked but pharmacist and pharmacy staff satisfaction is incredibly important, not the least of which because happier staff leads to happier and healthier patients.

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8 Key Items When Considering Kit & Tray Hospital Pharmacy RFID Automation

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

While RFID healthcare technology is amazing and can greatly contribute to a medication error reduction plan, the process of selecting a hospital pharmacy RFID automation system for the management of kits and trays at your health system can be overwhelming, with lots of details to consider. In addition to talking to other hospitals about their experiences with various RFID healthcare technologies, it’s important to look at what features and benefits pharmacists and their staff consider non-negotiable. Here is a handy checklist of 8 key items to review to be sure you avoid common pitfalls and make the right decision for your team and facility.

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How it Works: Hospital Pharmacy RFID Automation for Kit & Tray Replenishment

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 by Danielle Culham

 

One of the biggest challenges hospital pharmacists face is ensuring that the time-consuming task of replenishing medication kits and trays is done accurately and efficiently.  Many have heard of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology as a solution that can help eliminate human error while also saving time; However, the prospect of delving into a new technology might be daunting when dealing with an already packed schedule. The good news is that hospital pharmacy RFID automation is simple, powerful and a great solution for improving the management of medication kits and trays. Let's take a look at how RFID-enabled kit and tray automation works.

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5 Key Benefits of RFID Pharmacy Automation for Hospital Kits & Trays

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 by Valerie Fritz

Celebrating the beginning of a new year often brings to mind those areas in our work and lives we would love to see improvements. While most of the time fostering transformation takes a great deal of effort on our part, there are some changes we can implement with greater ease thanks to modern technology, such as RFID (Radio-Frequency IDentification) automation. If you have resolved to discover the benefits RFID inventory management can bring to your hospital pharmacy, especially in improving the management of kits and trays, you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ve gathered five of the key positive changes RFID can bring to your hospital this year.

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The Benefits of RFID for Hospital Medication Replenishment

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 by Valerie Fritz

A recent article by Drug Topics addresses the benefits of using RFID for hospital medication replenishment.

The article titled "Hospitals Turn to RFID for Medication Replenishment," highlights how hospital pharmacies are using RFID to eliminate human error and automate the time-consuming and inefficient task of replenishing medication on crash carts.

Pharmacy Operations Managers who have adopted the Intelliguard® RFID Kit and Tray Management System for pharmacy automation discuss their experiences in this article. 

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