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MEPS Real-Time, Inc. Unveils Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System Version 4.0

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by

Latest Version Employs Leading-Edge Advancements in RFID Antenna Technology to Cut Scan Time on the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System by 50%

SAN DIEGO  (Nov. 12. 2015) -- MEPS Real-Time, Inc. (mepsrealtime.com), a leading innovator of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions for pharmacy automation and inventory management, today announced release of the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System Version 4.0, the latest version of its solution offering improved performance and enhanced design and usability.

“Release 4.0 incorporates our most recent advancements in both antenna technologies and accompanying software.  This latest release cuts more than 50% off the time it takes to accurately and reliably scan medication and supply inventory in the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System. It is meant to drive every process to maximum efficiency, while maintaining the accuracy required to ensure safe medication inventory processes,” said Paul Elizondo, vice president of engineering and R&D of MEPS® Real-Time.

RFID Technology Innovation and Continuous Improvement

As a technology innovator in RFID for pharmaceutical applications, MEPS® develops RFID systems to improve and simplify medication and medical supply tracking in hospitals, pharmacies, distribution facilities and clinics.   “There are two primary benefits to automating medication inventory management processes – safety and efficiency.  We continuously innovate and seek to improve in support of our mission to make pharmacy operations as safe and efficient as possible,” stated President and CEO Shariq Hussain.  

All Intelliguard® RFID Solutions have been designed specifically to support the complex interrogation or “read” of RFID Smart Tags in the distinctive environments in which their customers operate.  Specifically, for pharmaceutical applications, Intelliguard® RFID Solutions support large numbers of tagged medications stored in random orientations (such as multi-layer tackle boxes, large anesthesia trays, narcotics kits, anesthesia fanny packs and crash cart kits), as well as in storage cabinets, such as refrigerators. 

Intellectual Property Applied to Intelliguard® RFID Solutions

MEPS® has integrated and brought to production patented and exclusive Dynamic Sensor Module (DSM) antenna solutions to guarantee read rates and reliability of RFID systems specifically to address medical applications. These DSM™ technologies are incorporated to provide exceptional RFID system performance in size-efficient and cost-effective form factors.   This patented and exclusive intellectual property allow MEPS® to integrate antenna systems into challenging environments.  For example, the Intelliguard® RFID Smart Tag is the smallest smart tag in the industry; it’s 65 percent smaller than competitor tags with similar functionality.  

In addition, the DSM™ technology supports a variety of Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System Workstation sizes with compact footprints that can actually create more usable space in the pharmacy.  Developed to foster an ergonomic workflow, Intelliguard® Workstations include forward-thinking design details like flexible mounting and placement options, integrated work surfaces, all-in-one computers and an elegant touch screen user interface that promote optimum levels of comfort while reducing the risk of repetitive stress injuries for staff.

MEPS Real-Time® holds 13 issued patents, has nine patent applications pending in the United States, and three issued patents and 24 applications in other countries that relate to aspects of the technology and processes used in its products. - See more at: http://www.mepsrealtime.com/patents

Quality Studies Confirm Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System Supports Both Error Elimination and Time Savings

Quality Studies conducted across numerous hospital sites verify that when using the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System, 100% of medication kits and trays are restocked without errors.  Conversely, the Quality Study results show that when using traditional manual processes, 1 in every 3-5 trays is at risk of leaving the pharmacy with one or more errors (expired med, missing med, inventory overage, sound/look alike discrepancy or other variation from the expected formulary). 

The Quality Studies also verify staff time savings in virtually every kit and tray type processed using the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System.   Documented time savings range from approximately 5 minutes per restocking for even the smallest kit or tray to 20+ minutes on large anesthesia trays or tackle boxes.  This latest release makes pharmacy workflow processes even more efficient.  Actual time savings impact of the new reduced scan time is currently being documented.  See more at: http://www.mepsrealtime.com/intelliguard-case-studies-white-papers

In addition to reduced scan time, the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System Version 4.0 includes foundational improvements, improved data retrieval, specific customer-requested features and incremental changes to improve workflows.  Notably:

  • Upgrading 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
  • Enabling expiring alerts pop-ups for enhanced visibility to soon-to-expire medications
  • Improvements to the raw data export functionality on the Inventory Report
  • Upgraded navigation to better support search results within "Help" screens

 

About MEPS Real-Time, Inc. and Intelliguard® RFID Solutions for Critical Inventory™

MEPS Real-Time, Inc. (mepsrealtime.com) is a leading innovator of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions for pharmacy inventory management. Its suite of Intelliguard® RFID Solutions offers unprecedented real-time visibility of high-value, critical-dose drug inventory to reduce costs through inventory management and monitoring of expiration dates, NDCs, lot numbers and temperature; increase staff efficiency through RFID-enabled automated workflows; improve patient safety through medication error prevention; and enhance diversion prevention with embedded security features. Intelliguard® RFID Solutions include Kit and Tray Management, Inventory Management, and Vendor Managed Inventory Systems.    MEPS Real-Time® is a charter member of RAIN RFID global alliance promoting the universal adoption of UHF RFID technology. Visit their website at www.rainrfid.org.

MEPS, MEPS Real-Time and Intelliguard are registered trademarks and RFID Solutions for Critical Inventory, Smart Tag Processing, Safe Tag Encoding, Smart Multi-Batch Approval and Dynamic Sensor Module are trademarks of MEPS Real-Time, Inc., Carlsbad, CA  Medi-Span is a trademark of Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information, Inc. or Clinical Drug Information, LLC in the United States and other countries.