Avery Dennison - Fletcher Allen Healthcare
AIM 2015 RFID Case Study Competition Participant
The Business and Technical Challenge
Patient safety is paramount at every hospital
and Fletcher Allen Health Care is going the extra
mile to ensure patients receive medications that
are safe and effective. Hospital pharmacies have
implemented processes and procedures to mitigate the risk of error, but traditional practices still
require extensive human intervention and manual processes which leave room for mistakes.
Fletcher Allen Healthcare includes a 562 bed academic medical center in Burlington, VT along with
three other major campuses and 30 patient-care sites. The pharmacy is busy. Managing over 700
pharmacy medication kits of 33 varieties every day, the staff recognized that manual restocking
was inefficient and prone to human error. Failure to detect and remove recalled and expired drugs
introduced risk to the safety and quality of patient care.
After evaluating Kit Check’s automated kit and tray restocking solution, the team from Fletcher
Allen decided the easy-to-use software could deliver efficiency and patient safety improvements
while removing a tedious manual process. With the use of RFID tags, the slow, manual, process of kit
replenishment could be reduced to seconds and kit errors due to expired drugs eliminated.