How Barcoding Is Essential for the Healthcare Industry

In today’s rapidly changing world, the pressure is on healthcare providers to ensure high-quality patient care whilst working with more significant time and financial constraints than ever before. Barcodes are an essential tool within the healthcare industry to streamline administrative processes and exponentially increase their accuracy levels, which is vital in an industry where administrative mistakes could cost lives.

Supply chain control and asset management concerns must be addressed in the healthcare industry. At GSM Barcoding, our team work with hospitals and healthcare providers to provide effective integrated solutions covering every aspect from bespoke barcode label printing to tracking systems administration. Barcoding solutions guarantee optimised patient ID processing, medical administration communication, specimen collection and pharmacy management.

Streamlined Medical Administration

Auto-ID healthcare solutions use barcoding and RFID data capture technologies to improve productivity and accuracy in hospitals and clinics. Data collection is automated and works alongside relational database software to track inventory levels and locations, manage patient admissions processes, control access and security through smart cards, and track assets like hospital beds and medical equipment.

Connecting barcode devices in a wireless network offer fast and accurate data processing. In addition, all administrative processes in your medical facility are visible.

Optimising Patient Care

Patient care can be made more accessible through RFID technology and barcoding, as every patient can be assigned an ID wristband with a unique barcode for easy tracking.

This helps reduce improper medication administration risk and prevents missing vital patient information. In addition, independent laboratories and hospitals can benefit from this technology, as specimens can be quickly identified when labelled with labels associated with our asset tracking systems.

Human error can occur through the manual labelling of samples. Still, barcoding technology significantly reduces dispensing mistakes and errors, speeding up pharmacy services and allowing quick access to recorded information.

Mobile Communications

Hospitals and clinics benefit from wireless communication due to the increased speed it allows everyone can work. In addition, having all the vital information at hand through mobile computers allows medical staff to communicate easily and quickly. As a result, patient care and productivity for areas such as physiotherapy can be a tremendous advantage in hospitals.

Here are some contextualised examples of specific healthcare barcoding solutions for different types of healthcare:

Domiciliary Care

Mobile healthcare professionals are constantly away from a primary care environment, so providing them with the necessary information, equipment, and medicine is essential.

Accessing Patient Records – Up-to-the-minute patient information can be supplied remotely to mobile healthcare professionals.

Schedule Visits – Mobile computers allow electronic schedules to be sent each morning and updated throughout the day to accommodate emergencies.

Location Tracking – GPS allows agencies to monitor caregiver locations to improve work safety, document visitation, verify the evidence of caregiver location, and create an efficient route plan.

Primary Care

Pharmacies and doctors’ surgeries are the first points of call for a patient receiving care. Therefore, technology must be secure when gathering patient information and produce accurate labelling to reduce the risk of error.

Specimen Collection – Barcodes can be utilised to enable precise sampling, labelling and analysis, to ensure the correct sample is housed appropriately and reduce the risk of human error.

Inventory Management – Pharmacies must be able to capture and maintain transaction information, transaction history, and a transaction statement for each drug product received six years from the transaction date. Barcodes can ensure this process is much more effectively streamlined, helping pharmacies comply with these regulations and reduce security issues.

Medication Dispensing – Medication is checked three times in a pharmacy, once when taken from the stock, then a second time to ensure the proper medication is issued for the right client, and lastly, the prescription and medicine are scanned again to ensure the patient receives the correct medication. Barcodes reduce the possibility of errors and can verify medication instantaneously.

Secondary Care

Secondary care is an unplanned emergency, surgery, or specialist medical care. Barcode technology ensures records are logged securely and are updated throughout the patient’s stay, reducing the risk of medical errors.

Admissions – A barcode wristband is printed and applied to each patient, helping with quick identification.

Bedside Point of Care – Barcode technology can be utilised to document patient care evidence, collect data and ensure accurate patient identification.

Medication Administration – Technology in medication administration reduces the chance of errors occurring, allowing for instant verification.

Having the right asset tracking systems is vital for medical care to accurately be provided, reducing human errors and guaranteeing that your medical facilities have state-of-the-art tracking software. Get in touch with us today to know more about how we can help you.

Health care Barcode Tracking Solutions

At GSM Barcoding, we can provide remote patient monitoring, wireless connectivity on-site, patients’ wireless LAN, and mobile devices for data collection. In addition, we can help you find wireless solutions for your facilities, ensuring you have everything you need to succeed. From data capture devices to wireless networking and mobile device management software, your medical facility will have a healthcare solution to help staff and patients.

It’s not just the patient care that our products have assisted with either. We have also provided high-quality laboratory labels for use in biotech and specimen sample storage. Our specialist labels are rigorously tested to meet the exacting requirements of these environments, ensuring that they will remain adherent during freezing, cryostorage or any autoclave procedures.

You can learn more about our asset tracking systems or healthcare barcoding solutions on our site or contact us for more information.

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