Hospitals & Healthcare Organizations
Pharmacies have already adopted more automation than most areas in healthcare, and continue to do so in order to protect patient care activities from the demands of supply chain and materials handling burdens. UnitVisID certified RFID systems are reducing these burdens already today, but more needs to be done to continue to leverage the power of an RFID-tagged and cloud-registered drug to eliminate manual processes.
Shortages & Recalls
Persistent, recurring shortages of generic drug products have been plaguing clinical pharmacies for years, and the issue is getting more acute. Being able to track unique unit-of-use medications across the entire facility - even into non-automated storage devices like carts, kits and trays - is key to redeploying inventory in times of shortage. Similarly, when recalls are issued, being able to distinguish between lots for all RFID products means a precise, non-disruptive process of removing the product from the floors.
Historically, UnitVisID certified RFID systems have been primarily used for medication processing, charging and management. However, with the ability to trace the exact vial, syringe or ampule to its own administration, with patient and provider linked, there are so many exciting possibilities: real-time views of controlled substance custody, patient-specific medication prep tracking and clinical trial management… it’s up to the hospital leaders in the UnitVisID Alliance to identify the highest-value solutions so the industry can get to work.
High Level Benefits
- Prioritize which solutions will be improved by UnitVisID and establish best practices for leveraging RFID to drive workflow improvements
- Define solution-to-solution handoff requirements to ensure that the item attributes being tracked are communicated between devices and systems, such as time out of refrigerators, expiration dates, recall status, compound date/time, etc.
- Improve ordering and supply chain management through with unit-of-use medication serialization
- Explore improvements to billing processes and data systems for programs like 340B