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UVM Medical Center helps KitCheck to reach tagging milestone

Years from now when we look back at the adoption of RFID in healthcare, The University of Vermont Medical Center can say it played a prominent role in advancing the technology. The 562-bed facility in Burlington, Vt., just used the five millionth medication tracked with Kit Check’s RFID and cloud-based solution.

A vial of Glycopyrrolate with a strength of 1MG/ML became the five millionth RFID-tagged dose.

The University of Vermont Medical Center has used the RFID-enabled KitCheck solution in nearly 1,200 pharmacy kits since deploying 12 months ago.

Kit Check™ is a provider of automated hospital pharmacy kit processing and medication tracking software. Founded in 2012, Kit Check’s goal is to replace time consuming and error prone manual processes in hospital medication handling with faster and safer automation technologies driven by a scalable cloud software platform.

KitCheck CEO Kevin MacDonald says that five million medications have been tracked and nearly 500,000 kits restocked at more than 150 hospitals in just over three years.

“The combination of cloud software and RFID technology has proven to be scalable, accurate and fast for tracking hospital medications and restocking pharmacy kits,” says MacDonald. “Older technologies such as barcode slowed down the kit restocking process too much, couldn’t effectively manage kit and process variations and could never scale to millions of medications.”

Since deploying KitCheck just a year ago, the University of Vermont Medical Center has nearly 1,200 pharmacy kits in circulation and has restocked 23,000 kits. The solution is used throughout the facility, from inpatient OR and ambulatory surgery to GI, emergency and code blue.

“We’re thrilled that it was The University of Vermont Medical Center that tracked the five millionth medication,” says Kit Check vice president of customer success Nick Petersen.

“Not only are they a progressive and tech-savvy group, they’re also one of our most avid users. Patient safety is key to The University of Vermont, and applying technology to improve kit restocking accuracy is a notable example. However, the pharmacy staff also takes pride in innovation and efficiency. Kit Check has helped address all three goals in terms of pharmacy kits and broader medication tracking initiatives.”

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