Available Until 8/28/2022

RFID and Beyond: Application of Novel Medication Tracking Technologies

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Pharmacy Informatics and Technology

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-0000-19-029-H04-P / 0204-0000-19-029-H04-T
Release Date: August 28, 2019
Expiration Date: August 28, 2022
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available  

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Activity Overview

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is a system in which RFID-specific labels emit radio frequencies captured by radio frequency readers, allowing for identification and tracking of products without the need for individual scanning. Despite the growing availability of RFID technology in healthcare settings, pharmacy departments have been slow to integrate the technology into medication management workflows. In particular, pharmacy departments may not be aware of how the RFID works, how it can be used in a pharmacy, or the benefits that may be realized by using RFID. This session will describe RFID and its application in medication tracking and inventory management in a pharmacy context, as well as benefits and limitations of RFID for a health-system pharmacy, and provide the foundation for deciding if RFID will show a return on investment.   


The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to meet the educational needs of SOPIT members interested in learning more about RFID technology and whether or not it could provide benefit to their medication management workflow.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss use of RFID technology in a health-system pharmacy setting
  • Explain the benefits and limitations of RFID technology in a medication management workflow
  • List elements of a plan to identify the return on investment for RFID technology in a health-system pharmacy

Schedule of Activities

  • Introduction and Announcements
  • Presentation
  • Questions, Answers, and Discussion


  • James Houpt, Pharm.D., M.B.A., BCPS, Director of Pharmacy Operations, Cox Health, Springfield, MO
  • Anthony Scott, Pharm.D., Assistant Director of Pharmacy Operations, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Scott V Anderson, Pharm.D., M.S., Pharmacy Supervisor, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA


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  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

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