How RFID Technology Provides Efficient Solutions to Medical Prescription Replenishment in Hospitals
RFID technology is used in a variety of industries to improve efficiency by speeding up processing times and reducing errors. Medical prescription replenishment systems in hospitals are an excellent example of how RFID solutions can be used to benefit the health sector.
In 2015, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital (NYM) traded in their time-consuming, inefficient, and paper-based system for replenishing medication trays with efficient RFID solutions. By placing RFID tags placed on medication prior stocking in the hospital, pharmacy technicians can save time, easily ensure that medication is labelled properly, and use an RFID reader to accurately fill medication trays.
In fact, NYM’s success with this system is a perfect example of how RFID solutions have improved the medication replenishment system.
Speed Up Processing Times
A study conducted by NYM found that, prior to adopting RFID for prescription replenishment, replenishment took pharmacy technicians an average of 25 to 30 minutes to fill a medication tray. But following the introduction of RFID tagging, processing times were reduced to around 60 seconds per tray. This is a huge amount of time savings, freeing up staff for other vital tasks.
RFID solutions improve medication accuracy by reducing human error. If a pharmacy technician accidentally takes the wrong medication from the stock room, the RFID reader will alert them of the error. Not only does this improve accuracy and save time, but it is also safer for the health of patients by ensuring they receive the correct medication at all times.
Fast Return on Investment
NYM found that the return on investment after introducing RFID solutions for medication replenishment was only three months. This fast return on investment is due to the reduction in both the replenishment times and the amount of staff needed to fill medication trays. There are now more pharmacy technicians available to complete other tasks.
Accuracy and fast processing times are crucial in hospital operations. The health and recovery of patients depend on an efficient system for delivering medication. This also allows doctors, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians to effectively complete tasks. The time and money saved from RFID solutions can also benefit hospitals by allotting more staff and resources to other necessary operations that will improve the overall efficiency of hospitals.