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RAIN RFID Delivers Internet Connectivity to Billions of Everyday Things

MEPS Real-Time, Inc. is meticulously dedicated to following the highest quality RFID standards for our Intelliguard® RFID Solutions and is a charter member of and an active collaborator with the RAIN RFID Alliance. Paul Elizondo, VP of Engineering and R&D at MEPS®, serves as Chairman of the RAIN Healthcare Sub-Committee.

RAIN RFID is a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate, and engage each item. RAIN technology is based on a UHF RFID protocol standard developed by GS1 and ISO. Hundreds of companies have delivered products using these standards worldwide, starting with the initial creation of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The word RAIN is an acronym derived from RAdio frequency IdentificatioN—and is intended as a nod to the link between UHF RFID and the cloud, where RFID-based data can be stored, managed and shared via the internet. 

RAIN RFID promotes the universal adoption of UHF RFID technology in a way similar to other wireless technology organizations including NFC Forum, WiFi Alliance and Bluetooth SIG. Member companies are over 100 spanning the globe. 

RAIN RFID in healthcare, is used to improve medication safety, reduce costs and increase efficiency. Intelliguard® RFID Solutions use RAIN RFID to manage pharmaceutical inventory and enable safe and accurate drug distribution within hospitals and health systems.

The benefits of implementing RAIN solutions for the healthcare industry are numerous. RAIN solutions are currently implemented in pharmacy operations to manage critical inventory, such as procedural and emergency medication kits and trays used in hospitals, high-value medications, short expiration medication and narcotics. These 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 visibility of inventory within RAIN 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. RAIN solutions in hospital pharmacies decrease labor costs, reduce medication errors, provide timely identification of recalled or expired medication, enable accurate charge capture and ultimately improve patient care and safety.

Pilot programs utilizing RAIN technology to track healthcare personnel, and the critical inventory in their possession, are currently being deployed. Future RAIN solutions will improve the efficiency and safety of the pharmaceutical supply chain from the pharmaceutical manufacturer to the patient as mandated by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) in 2013. 

Visit the RAIN RFID website at http://rainrfid.org/ to learn more.