SOURCE: MEPS Real-Time Inc.

MEPS Real-Time Inc.

March 12, 2015 08:05 ET

North York General Hospital -- First Canadian Hospital to Use RFID-Based Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System to Improve Accuracy and Efficiency in Pharmacy Operations

North York General Hospital's Director of Pharmacy, Edith Rolko, to Present the Quality Study at the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists' Banff Seminar on March 20, 2015

TORONTO, ON and CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 12, 2015) - North York General Hospital, a leading community academic hospital in Toronto, Ontario, deployed the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System from MEPS Real-Time, Inc., in September 2014 becoming the first hospital in Canada to leverage a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) medication management solution to improve accuracy and efficiency within its pharmacy operations.

A quality study conducted by North York General Hospital and MEPS Real-Time, Inc., confirmed the hospital's registered pharmacy technicians were able to achieve 100 percent accuracy when restocking medication trays using the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System, reducing medication errors and improving patient safety.

Edith M. Rolko, Director of Pharmacy and Infection Prevention and Control at North York General Hospital, will be presenting the complete findings of the quality study at the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists' Seminar in Banff, Alberta, on March 20 at the Kinnear Centre.

"Improving patient safety is the primary goal of the pharmacy department at North York General Hospital," said Rolko. "Our quality study provided quantitative data to show how an automated system for restocking medications can significantly reduce the risk of medication errors and, in turn, improve patient safety. The MEPS Real-Time, Inc. automated Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System will play an important role in keeping patients safe and improving efficiencies within the pharmacy and clinical areas."

Study proves significant advantages of Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System

In Canada, the role of a pharmacy technician has expanded to include more technical aspects of drug distribution in a hospital setting. With that in mind, the quality study measured registered pharmacy technicians' error rates and time to complete the restocking processes with and without an automated system. With the automated Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System, technicians were able to achieve 100 percent accuracy in all of the 16 tray studies.

Based on the lowest percentage of tray errors recorded using the current manual method, multiplied over the hospital's annual tray exchange quantity, it is estimated the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System will eradicate a minimum of 2,664 tray errors annually.

"The quality study conducted with North York General Hospital confirms the clear and distinct benefits of using an RFID-based medication management solution to eliminate medication errors in tray restocking and increase staff efficiency within the hospital pharmacy," said Shariq Hussain, CEO, MEPS Real-Time, Inc. "Our Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System provides a fast, accurate, reliable and easy-to-use solution for managing tray restocking so clinicians have access to critical medications when and where they are needed throughout the hospital."

While staff time savings was not an objective, the quality study also revealed that the Intelliguard® Kit and Tray Management System saved between two and 14 minutes per tray processed, depending upon the number of items in each type of tray. On average, time savings per tray equaled 4.9 minutes, totaling an expected 659 hours of annual staff time savings.

About North York General Hospital
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals. We offer our culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services across three sites. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavors, we seek to set new standards for patient- and family-centered care. Working together with our patients and their families, we are making a world of difference.

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

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., MEPS Real-Time, Inc. (mepsrealtime.com) is a leading innovator of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions for pharmacy automation and inventory management. Its suite of Intelliguard® RFID Solutions eliminates error-prone manual counting and item-level scanning, improves quality and safety through medication error prevention, and increases staff efficiency through automation. Intelliguard® RFID Solutions include Kit and Tray Management, Inventory Management and Vendor Managed Inventory Systems. MEPS Real-Time, Inc. holds nine issued patents and has eight patent applications pending in the United States and one patent and 24 applications in other countries that relate to the aspects of technology used in its products.

MEPS, MEPS Real-Time and Intelliguard are registered trademarks and RFID Solutions for Critical Inventory and Dynamic Sensor Module are trademarks of MEPS Real-Time, Inc.

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