Aethon announced recently that it’s automated tracking and chain-of-custody system – MedEx – is now operational at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The MedEx System serves as enhancement to the TUG robot, also developed by Aethon, and allows hospital pharmacies to know the real-time location and status of medications throughout the facility. Combining passive RFID technology and biometrics capabilities built into the TUG secure carts, MedEx automatically creates an electronic chain-of-custody receipt including the person, location, and date/time indicating when an item is placed in and removed from the TUG.
Hospitals can track and transport medications from the point of origin to the person receiving them, which means reduced medical errors, improved regulatory compliance, and better patient service.
The MedEx system’s tracking capabilities extend to refrigerators, lock boxes, nurse servers and automated dispensing cabinets to provide additional assurance that all medications have reached their final destination and have been properly stored.