Using RFID, error prone tasks such as manual counting and item-level scanning are eliminated. This limited disruption to natural workflow increases adoption and compliance and creates multiple efficiencies. Using RFID allows you to reduce process steps, optimize labor resources, avoid errors and enhance data collection.
MEPS Real-Time, Inc. currently offers a suite of Intelliguard® RFID Solutions that employ radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to manage pharmaceutical inventory:
In hospital and health system pharmacies, use of RFID is often driven by greater emphasis on patient safety, staff efficiency and inventory cost control.
RFID automation in pharmaceutical supply chain saves thousands of dollars in optimizing labor, reducing supply waste and lowering carrying costs while providing data driven insight to optimize revenue.
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The Intelliguard® RFID Solutions process begins by placing a small RFID tag onto medication packages. The RFID tag consists of an antenna and a chip that contains a unique identifier.
Using the Intelliguard® Workstation (Scanner/Reader), product information/data such as manufacturer, medication name, NDC number, lot number and expiration date is associated with the unique identifier and placed into a relational database.
Once the product information/data is placed into the relational database, the data is utilized throughout the application. The pharmacy is outfitted with Intelliguard® RFID Solutions’ hardware (kit and tray management workstations and/or inventory management controlled temperature cabinets). The Intelliguard® System(s) is used to read the RFID tags of all product inventory. All inventory is counted simultaneously (this can take as little as 3-7 seconds).
In the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System, any missing, expired or soon-to-expire medications are identified so replenishment can happen quickly and accurately. Alerts are programmed to support optimized workflow processes.
The Intelliguard® Controlled Temperature Inventory Management and Linked Visibility Inventory System™, update inventory each time the cabinet door or Station drawer is closed. Perpetual inventory counts are maintained, and forward notifications of soon-to-expire medications are enabled.
For all Intelliguard® RFID Solutions, data is made available via a robust reporting suite to enable confident, informed decision making.