Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) is the wireless use of electromagnetic fields to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. A tag can be read from up to several feet away and does not need to be within direct line-of-sight of the reader to be tracked.
IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions utilize a global standard for encoding (or writing data) to the RFID tags, called EPC Gen2. It is a RFID passive technology, meaning there are no batteries/electrical connections to the product tags. We utilize UHF 900MHz bandwidth.
We currently offer a suite of IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions that employ radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to provide unprecedented real-time visibility of your pharmaceutical and other inventory, including:
IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions generate a ROI through the following metrics:
We would be happy to share our ROI model to calculate expected cumulative benefits of our solutions in your facility.
The IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory 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® RFID-enabled 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 IntelliGuard® System reads the RFID tags of all product inventory simultaneously, compares it against the relational database and provides work instructions (e.g., what items are missing or expired in a tray) , delivers actionable information (e.g., PAR level shortage or recalled product alerts) and provides inventory management reporting.
At the end of the transaction cycle, data is made available for reporting purposes.
IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions utilize a global standard for encoding (or writing data) to the RFID tags, called EPC Gen2. It is RFID passive technology, meaning there are no batteries/electrical connections to the product tags. We utilize UHF 900MHz bandwidth. EPC Gen2 is vendor agnostic but we do have RFID technology partners in Impinj and ThingMagic.
No. The amount of radio frequency energy utilized to read a RFID tag is extremely small. A 2010 IEEE study, “Non-Thermal Effects of Radio Frequency Exposure on Biologic Pharmaceuticals for RFID Applications” found that:
“… even at a power level of 8W EIRP at five different and most commonly used RF channels, none of the three major protein groups, including hormones, vaccines and immunoglobulins, showed degradation in their structural properties which suggest that, for the tested protein categories and associated biologic pharmaceuticals, there is no detectable non-thermal effect due to RF exposure.”
No. As evidenced in a 2008 study (http://www.rfidjournal.com/article/articleview/4186/1/1/) which tested the effects of passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID systems on medical equipment in a real-world application model, the researchers did not discover any problems with electromagnetic interference (EMI).
No. IntelliGuard® products comply with US FCC regulations governing the transmission of RF power in the 915 MHz ISM band. In addition, FCC regulations are based on the assumption that UHF systems operate in “free space”. What this means is that even if the IntelliGuard® RFID product is not used as intended (such as performing a scan with the RF sealed enclosure door open), the distance between the user and antennas, the relatively short duration of the scan, and the amount of power utilized, ensure that there is no potential to exceed allowable limits for exposure.
No. Communication is managed through the existing Ethernet or Wi-Fi structure of the hospital.
No. At this time, IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions do not require FDA clearance. If this definition were to change, we will take the necessary action to have it properly cleared through an FDA 510k process.
No. RFID technology can work effectively with barcode technology.
You simply apply blank RFID Smart Tags to medication in a newly opened carton. Using the bar code on the medication packaging, the IntelliGuard® system utilizes bulk inventory encoding for fast and error-free processing. IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Solutions automatically read the name, dosage, manufacturer, package and NDC. Once you enter the lot # and expiration date, the newly opened carton of medication is placed inside the IntelliGuard® Workstation for bulk encoding.
RFID Smart Tags have a unique identifier which correlates in a database to a specific item (medication, medical device, etc.) for which tracking is required, therefore they are not reusable.
With the ability to read high-density trays, multi-layer tackle boxes and overlapping kit labels, the IntelliGuard® Kit and Tray Management System system can scan more than 150 medications in a matter of seconds.
The IntelliGuard® Smart Cabinet Inventory System can scan up to 500 items, including high-value temperature-sensitive products, at one time.
All IntelliGuard® Intelligent Inventory Systems’ software is HL7 compliant to seamlessly integrate with your EHR, EMR, EMAR or other HIT systems that are also HL7 compliant.