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A Method and System of Automatically Managing Prescription Bags

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243885D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 136K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed of automatically managing prescription bags in a drug store.

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A Method and System of Automatically Managing Prescription Bags

Typically in a drug store, a pharmacist/clerk prepares a customer's prescription order and drops prescription bags (e.g., containers or boxes) in a cabinet containing slots/buckets in the drug store until the customer returns and claims the drug prescription. The prescriptions bags are inserted into the slots/buckets of the cabinet following a certain alphabetical order of the customer. However, when there are too

many prescription bags with the same last name, looking through a slot/bucket to locate a particular prescription bag can take a while. In addition, prescription bags remains in the slots/buckets without being picked up promptly by customers further adds to the time of search. Further, if a prescription bag is misplaced for whatever reason, the pharmacist/clerk may have to manually search through the entire slots/buckets to locate the prescription bag.

Existing method of manual prescription bags processing is too slow to customer's satisfaction in this era of internet of things. Therefore, there is a need for a method to provide a cost effective automated prescription bags management system to precisely determine/locate the exact slot/bucket of the prescription bags without requiring the pharmacist/clerk to manually flip through the prescription bags.

Disclosed is a method and system of automatically managing prescription bags in a cabinet of a drug store. The cabinet includes multiple slots/buckets. Each slot/bucket includes one or more prescription containers/bags. A prescription bag may be a plastic

container or a plastic box which holds a prescription.

A three dimensional (3D) RFID sensor arrays are mounted to the edge and wall of the cabinet. The method and system tracks exact location of the prescription bags by utilizing low cost RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) readers with passive tags and active tags for the cabinet and prescription bags. The passive prescription bags are identified individually by the RFID passive tag. The active prescription bags are a battery powered smart devices with uniquely identified RFID active tags. The slots/buckets utilize smart devices to communicate with a central management system to track the location of the prescription bags and provide visual status information to pharmacists/clerks.

In one implementation, consider a scenario when a pharmacist/clerk prepares a customer's prescription order and drops a prescription bag (passive container) with an

embedded passive RFID tag in the cabinet containing slots/buckets in the drug store.

As using passive RFID tags requires no power source, therefore is helps in minimizing operational cost and maintenance effort. Each passive RFID tag has a unique identification (ID) that is scanned and entered into a computer system in a corresponding customer record entry. When the customer returns to claim the prescription, the pharmacist/clerk can look up the ID for the customer.

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