For Technology & Automation Vendors


Technology & Automation Vendors

Incredible advances have been made in the automation of pharmacy systems in the last thirty years. Unit-based cabinets, automated carousels, infusion pumps, compounding workflow management solutions, and their associated software, have all changed the way pharmacy is practiced as a clinical and administrative discipline. With each new breakthrough, new reductions in labor and improvements in data integrity were sought and accomplished. UnitVisID certified RFID systems, referencing a central repository of historical data on each unit-of-use medication, hold the opportunity to further them again by driving key improvements.

Improving Existing Systems Not Already RFID Enabled

Many systems already in use today can benefit from enhanced functionality without even including an RFID reading device. For instance, hundreds of hospitals use UnitVisID systems to restock the contents of their dispensing cabinets. While an RFID-enabled cabinet is feasible, merely allowing the UnitVisID system to update the contents of the cabinet that is being used to restock accomplishes the same level of time savings to pharmacy users. Any system-to-system handoff workflow from an existing UnitVisID system can benefit in the same fashion, with one software integration to the registry driving unlimited numbers of lookups and transactions.

RFID Enabling Existing Systems

Many systems could benefit from built-in RFID reading capabilities. Carousels that can inventory themselves save users from manual inventory audits. Narcotic vaults that can query their contents after being accessed are always up-to-date and make diversion nearly impossible. Patient administration systems can carry the unit-of-use medication's unique serial number all the way to the patient chart. RFID is not the solution to every automation problem today, but where it is, UnitVisID allows for a normalized approach.

High Level Benefits

High Level Benefits

  • Access to independent 3rd party testing facilities
  • Testing procedures for newly-developed hardware
  • Standardized API endpoints to query and exchange data on scanned unit-of-use of medications
  • Free lookup of items in UnitVisID Centralized Registry, with relevant history attached
  • Certification through ARC RFID testing lab
  • Licensing agreement with the UnitVisID Alliance

Requirements for Automation Vendors and Solutions

A UnitVisID solution may bear the UnitVisID Alliance's marks as part of the UnitVisID Program by adhering to the requirements set forth by UnitVisID including:

  1. Working with ARC Lab to ensure any RFID read points accurately read with UnitVisID Certified Product
  2. Connecting to the Registry to identify UnitVisID certified product and update the registry with key events such as Beyond-Use-Date updating
  3. Adhere to other requirements set by the UnitVisID Alliance

Testing & Certification for Automation Vendors and Solutions

  • Submit self-certification test results showing adherence to the UnitVisID Alliance's requirements
  • Pass the ARC certifications
  • Complete a licensing agreement with the UnitVisID Alliance