Our RFID know-how is uniquely suited to challenging use cases. IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions are currently implemented for hospital pharmacy automation to manage critical inventory, such as procedural and emergency medication kits and trays, high-value medications, short expiration medication and narcotics. Our solutions ensure that the right medication is available at the right time and in the right location to support patient care with optimized inventory levels.
Real-time remote visibility of inventory within our RFID-enabled storage and management systems enables manufacturers and distributors to maintain consignment programs for high-value, critical dose medications, track their usage, manage a cold-chain pedigree, bill only as products are used and guarantee medication availability.
Our corporate name, MEPS® has special meaning and significance. It’s actually an acronym that stands for Medication Error Prevention Systems. Our founders conceived of the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as a paradigm-shifting technology that could benefit the safety and efficiency of hospital pharmacy operations, and IntelliGuard® was born.
For hospitals and health system medication inventory management applications,IntelliGuard® DOES NOT RECOMMEND OR REQUIRE printed relabeling of drugs on our RFID Smart Tags. In fact, we’ve patented our RFID Smart Tag Processing™ method to ensure an optimized inventory management solution without the risk of medication relabeling. Download the "RFID Tag Encoding Best Practices For Hospital and Health System Inventory Control" whitepaper to learn more about vital safety implications and best practice guidelines for RFID encoding processes.
The IntelliGuard® Solutions process begins by affixing an RFID Smart Tag to each medication container. Each RFID Tag contains a unique serial number identifier. Once inventory is affixed with RFID Smart Tags, they are placed in the Intelliguard® RFID encoding workstation and only then, are programmatically associated with the unique drug or product information.
Once associated, each unique identifier is placed into a relational database and utilized throughout the system to enable effective, efficient and safe pharmaceutical inventory management processes. When inventory intervention is needed (expiration, recall, etc.), the serial number is used to identify specific drugs and their locations.
Drug relabeling adds another potential human error that may slip into the pharmacy process. All IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions utilize patented RFID Smart Tag Processing™ to eliminate the need for medication relabeling. IntelliGuard® RFID Smart Tags DO NOT provide any drug data that can be confused by a clinician. The drug manufacturer’s label is never impeded or duplicated in any way, allowing the recommended safe medication handling practice of relying on the FDA approved label for all necessary drug information by clinical teams.
The fact is, drugs are already labeled with everything the clinician needs to know. Having it twice (i.e., once on the vial label and again on an RFID label) is just unnecessary information and presents a key medication safety risk in product/package/label mix-ups.
Every human error contributor that you can design out of your process improves the safety and quality of care you deliver. Read more about how mislabeling can lead to the medication error in our blog post, "No" is Often in Your Best Interest, download our whitepapers to learn more: The Risk of Relying on Human Perfection outlines common failure modes and the conditions that make it more likely for a human operator to make a mistake; RFID Tag Encoding Best Practices For Hospital and Health System Inventory Control discusses vital safety implications and best practice guidelines for RFID encoding processes.