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How RFID improves medication distribution at Brooklyn hospital

For hospitals, dispensing pre-assembled medication trays—many containing more than 50 drugs for different medical procedures—can be a labor-intensive, time-consuming task for pharmacy staffs. However, New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital is leveraging RFID technology to reduce the cost and time required to manage its medication tray assembly process by automating tray dispensing. At the same time, executives there say the facility has improved accuracy and eliminated human error. By using RFID technology, the 651-bed facility has automated its tray restocking process, ensuring that every medication is accounted for, 100 percent correct and within expiration guidelines.

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