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By Beth Bacheldor

MEPS Real-Time Updates System for Pharmacy Automation, Inventory Management

Management MEPS Real-Time, a provider of RFID solutions for pharmacy automation and inventory management, has released a new version of its Intelliguard Kit and Tray Management System that has updated RFID antenna that, according to the company, reduces scan times by 50 percent compared with those of previous versions.

Intelliguard Kit and Tray Management System Version 4.0 features improved performance and enhanced design and usability, according to the company. The Intelliguard system is an RFID-based drug-management solution that employs standard EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID tags and readers. The system includes a tabletop reader for commissioning a tag attached to each drug's packaging, as well as RFID-enabled drug-dispensing cabinets and bedside patient trays, to automate medication inventory management and replenishment. Several health-care providers, including San Diego's Rady Children's Hospital, are already using the system to manage medications (see Rady Children's Hospital Tracks Anesthetic Drugs Via RFID).

In the updated version, MEPS has integrated and brought to production patented and exclusive Dynamic Sensor Module (DSM) antennas that its says can guarantee read rates and reliability of RFID systems specifically to address medical applications. Introduced a year ago, (see RFID News Roundup: MEPS Real-Time Intros RFID-Enabled Smart Drawers for Health-Care Industry), DSM antennas are incorporated to provide improved RFID system performance in size-efficient and cost-effective form factors. This patented and exclusive intellectual property allows MEPS to integrate antenna systems into challenging environments, MEPS reports. For example, the company says, the Intelliguard RFID Smart Tag is 65 percent smaller than competitor tags offering similar functionality.

In addition to reduced scan time, the Intelliguard Kit and Tray Management System Version 4.0 includes foundational improvements, enhanced data retrieval, specific customer-requested features and incremental changes to improve workflows. For example, the company explains, it supports the ability to upgrade the Medi-Span database to allow global, concurrent updating when new medications are made available from Medi-Span, while still allowing individual customers to add custom medications. The new version also enables pop-up alerts for soon-to-expire medications, the company says. Other features include improvements to the raw data export functionality for the inventory reports, as well as upgraded navigation to better support search results within help screens.

Additionally, the DSM technology supports a variety of Intelliguard Kit and Tray Management System Workstation sizes, with compact footprints that, according to the company, can create more usable space within a pharmacy. Developed to foster an ergonomic workflow, Intelliguard workstations include design details like flexible mounting and placement options, integrated work surfaces, all-in-one computers and a touch-screen user interface that, MEPS says, increase comfort levels while reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries for employees.

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