Kit Check Announces RFID Seal Tags in Collaboration with Health Care Logistics for Hospital Pharmacy Kit Safety
Chicago, IL – October 08, 2014 – Kit Check™ (http://kitcheck.com), the leader in hospital pharmacy kit processing and medication tracking software, today announced the availability of serialized RFID seal tags for pharmacy kits. Produced in collaboration with Health Care Logistics, the RFID seal tags are a tamper-evident solution used to visually indicate the status of pharmacy kits. When tags affixed to restocked kits are used as seals and remain unbroken, healthcare professionals are assured that the kit is fully stocked and ready for use. After use, many hospitals use a second seal tag of a different color to indicate the kit is used and ready for restocking. Broken tags indicate the kit has been tampered with and must return to the pharmacy for inspection.
HCL—Seal-Tags-Kit-CheckEmbedded in each seal is a Kit Check RFID tag. Kit Check’s cloud-based software solution automatically reads the tags and associates them by serial number with the appropriate kit. This eliminates today’s practice of manually recording seal serial numbers for each kit and creates a detailed audit trail for State Board of Pharmacy and Joint Commission inspections.
“Kit Check has developed solutions and an ecosystem of partners to solve the daily problems and inefficiencies facing hospital pharmacy directors. Pharmacy kit seals represent another manual recording task that slows drug-dispensing processes and introduces the risk of human error. The seals are required by many hospitals and some states as a best practice for ensuring patient safety. Our announcement today with Health Care Logistics is an example of a partnership that provides additional value to pharmacists by automating manual pharmacy processes,” said Kit Check Co-founder and CEO Kevin MacDonald.
Kyle Sharpe, Executive Director of Sales from Health Care Logistics commented, “A growing number of our customers have told us they are using Kit Check software and they need one more piece of the process automated – the serialized kit seal. Health Care logistics provides serialized kit seals to hospitals throughout the United States today that manually record their association with kits. By partnering with Kit Check, we are offering our customers the first RFID enabled kit seal that automates tracking of the complete end-to-end process.”
About Hospital Pharmacy Kits
Pharmacy kits are used throughout hospitals for critical care procedures including operating room anesthesia, crash carts, pediatric emergency, labor and delivery, and many others. The kits contain up to 200 medications each. Kit Check’s solution eliminates a decades-old manual process of hospital pharmacy kit replenishment and expiration verification.
After a hospital pharmacy kit is used for patient care by medical staff, it is returned to the pharmacy so consumed medications may be replaced. Historically, a pharmacy technician would determine what items are missing and handle each individual medication manually to ensure it is not nearing expiration. After expiring items were removed and medications restocked, a pharmacist would then double-check the accuracy of kit contents. By adding RFID tags to medications, a Kit Check scanning station can count and validate each item automatically. Instead of 30 minutes of manual labor, RFID combined with Kit Check’s cloud-based software enables these processes to be completed in just 3 minutes, generating a 90% time savings. The RFID seal tags are now integrated into this process as well, providing a tamper-evident safeguard.
About Kit Check™
Kit Check™ is the leader in automated hospital pharmacy kit processing and medication tracking software. Since 2012, Kit Check™ has focused on replacing time consuming and error prone manual processes in hospital medication handling with faster and safer automation technologies driven by a scalable cloud software platform. Kit Check™ is headquartered in Washington, DC and serves over 100 hospital pharmacies throughout the United States. For more information please contact Kit Check™ by email at PR @kitcheck.com or call at (786) 548-2432 ext. 5.