CaroMont Regional is a 435-bed, not-for-profit general and acute care facility. Kit Check™ provides cloud-based software that leverages RFID technology to reduce pharmacy kit replenishment from an average of 30 minutes to 3 minutes. CaroMont installed Kit Check™ in mid May and after 10 weeks of operation has already tagged and tracked more than 10,000 medications used in 206 emergency pharmacy kits.”
I know some pharmacists at CaroMont. They’re good people and are always looking for a way to utilize technology to improve operations.
I wrote about Kit Check back in January 2012. I’m a big fan of using RFID technology to manage niche items like medication trays. It makes sense to me. Barcoding works, but sometimes it’s just easier to use technology like RFID.
Is RFID the future of heathcare? I don’t know, my crystal ball recently stopped working. The technology itself is quite mature, but hasn’t really caught on in healthcare. With the advent of smartphones and tablets with built-in NFC technology I have to believe that some innovative company will take the queue and continue to develop the concept.
Things I’ve written about RFID can be found here.