The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) recently released a report focusing on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for health system medication management.
The report begins, “Imagine a pharmacy where the inventory count is always correct, it automatically increments as orders are received and decrements as orders are filled. What impacts would this have on the budget, inventory management, patient care and overall workload?”
The report leads readers to imagine the future of hospital pharmacy if RFID technology was fully adopted and provides a roadmap for the transformation.
The ASHP report includes
The current state of technology in medication use systems
Evaluating RFID Technology
Implementing RFID Technology
Using Analytics and Measuring Outcomes of RFID
Advanced Uses and Innovations
The ASHP Survey
The ASHP project surveyed 232 participants, of which
98% were pharmacists
40% had implemented RFID technology
31% had not evaluated RFID as an option but were interested in exploring the technology
16% had evaluated RFID but had not committed or made a vendor selection
Those surveyed reported the following benefits from implementing RFID:
82% improved inventory tracking
73% data to optimize kit or tray contents
72% decrease in expired medications
64% tracking for purposes of drug recalls
46% tracking during drug shortages
The ASHP concludes, “RFID provides an important opportunity for pharmacy to lead the transformation to an integrated health system to optimize safety, outcomes and value.”
The Report Lists Key Elements to Consider when Evaluating RFID technology
An evaluation must start with determining the goals, priorities and key stakeholders. Other key elements hospitals should consider when evaluating RFID technology include:
Intended locations for RFID implementation (Pharmacy, ED, OR)
Tag specific considerations (adhesive quality, cost structure, active vs passive)
Vendor support during implementation planning, go-live and post-implementation
Analytics platform cost and capabilities
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