Healthcare :: McKesson announces live RFID application for real-time tracking

McKesson, the world’s largest healthcare services, automation and information technology company, today announced the implementation of Horizon Real-Time Location System? , the company?s new radio frequency identification (RFID) solution, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C. Following a comprehensive evaluation period, Spartanburg is using the RFID solution to wirelessly track and electronically record the location history of 550 intravenous (IV) infusion pumps throughout its facility.

With the Horizon Real-Time Location System application tracking the exact location of infusion pumps, Spartanburg clinicians know with assurance whether IV pumps are readily available for patient use.

Administrators can better track the pumps for technical upgrades and compliance as well as optimize use of an expensive equipment item.

?IV pumps are vital to patient safety, so it?s essential to let caregivers know promptly when and where they?re available,” said Ray Shingler, Spartanburg’s chief information officer. “Each infusion pump can cost as much as $10,000 and requires regular software upgrades. Being able to track these devices via a wireless-based RTLS helps us to address multiple safety, compliance and asset utilization issues. The RF-technology is working so well that we look forward to integrating it with our existing McKesson applications, such as Horizon Surgical Manager?, to maximize patient throughput.?

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