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.... read more
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.... read more
Like all technology, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) continues to advance, and at the forefront of this progress are thought leaders like participants in the RAIN RFID Alliance.
The RAIN RFID Alliance is a global group of companies committed to working together to harness the power of ultra-high-frequency (UHF) RFID as a tool that advances the Internet of Things (IoT) and promotes the good of users by collecting and tracking important data.
RAIN RFID is a technology based on a UHF RFID protocol standard developed by GS1 and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It and partner Impinj are at the heart of Intelliguard® RFID Solutions.... read more
In an era when vaccines are subject to detailed regulations, such as those developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the Vaccines for Children program, it’s more important than ever for hospitals to fully abide by the set requirements, clearly demonstrate their adherence, plus assure patients and caregivers that the vaccines on-hand are both safe and effective. Ensuring safe and effective vaccine storage is critical!... read more
Medical errors are a growing problem in the U.S.. Luckily, RFID plays an important role in helping to reduce them.
Medical Errors: Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to research published in the British Medical Journal by Martin Makary and Michael Daniel at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. The researchers estimate the average number of people who die in U.S. hospitals because of medical errors to be between 210,000 and 400,000 each year.... read more
Meeting the Storage Requirements of the Vaccines for Children Program
In Parts 1 and 2 of our series about Vaccines for Children (VFC), a program established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we reviewed the benefits this program provides to children and vaccine providers, alike. We also explored some of the potential issues hospitals and pharmacies face with properly storing and handling VFC vaccines.
In this last article in the series, we will cover specific storing and handling requirements from the CDC and VFC.... read more
The Role of Pharmacists in Ensuring the Vaccines for Children Program Thrives
In Part 1 of our series about Vaccines for Children (VFC), we shared how this program established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) benefits doctors, patients and pharmacists by providing free vaccines to children in need.
In Part 2 of this series, we will cover problems associated with the inadequate storage and the handling of vaccines, recommendations on vaccine storage from the CDC and Society of Hospital Pharmacists, and the critical role that pharmacists play.... read more
This article about the Vaccines for Children program is one of three articles which explore the program itself, its requirements for hospitals and pharmacies and the role that RFID solutions play in ensuring a truly successful vaccines program for children.
Understanding the Benefits of the Vaccines for Children Program
Over 25 years ago, a measles epidemic broke out in the U.S., killing hundreds of children. Upon investigation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discovered that while children in the U.S. had access to measles vaccines, many had not received the vaccine because their parents or guardians could not afford it. In partial response to this discovery, Congress passed an act in 1993 that established the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. The VFC is a federal entitlement program that provides free vaccines to eligible children up to age 18.... read more
Recently, the 2016 Pharmacy Technology Report investigated the experiences that four top hospitals have had with radio frequency identification (RFID) systems. Based on these RFID benefits, the report concluded that RFID is a worthwhile investment.
For a quick review of the highlights reported by two Intelliguard® RFID Solutions client hospitals, read on.... read more