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Barcode Technology Transforming Healthcare

December 2016
 
The healthcare sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most important industries. An ageing population, coupled with a rise in lifestyle diseases, is placing greater pressure on the nation’s health system. Both public and private healthcare providers are being forced to do more with less.

Given the high cost of effective healthcare, technology is playing an increasingly important role in the sector. The humble barcode, in both 1-dimensional and 2-dimensional form, is playing a significant role in reducing cost and increasing efficiency.

The benefits of barcode technology can be found in the following areas.

Inventory Management
Managing inventories in a healthcare setting is complex and time-consuming. Barcode technology enables critical supplies, such as dressings and pharmaceuticals, to be ordered in the correct quantities for optimal stock control and patient care. Barcodes can also be used to track “health assets” such as surgical devices and utensils, which may be faulty or go missing.

Patient Identification
From a “best practice” and legal perspective, healthcare providers are required to have positive identification processes in place to ensure that patients are given the correct treatment. By scanning the barcode on a patient’s wristband, a medical professional can confirm a patient’s identity and treatment regimen.

Tracking of Medications, Laboratory Samples and Medical Staff
Barcodes can be used to track and identify medications, medical aids, laboratory samples and medical staff. The resulting information can be used to populate an electronic patient record. With its automatic data capture capabilities, barcoding simplifies and speeds up records management.

At Barcode Dynamics, we understand the healthcare industry and its specific operational requirements. We offer a wide range of barcode solutions from leading brands such as Zebra, Datalogic and SATO HealthCare. For further information and advice, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 07 3399 6510.

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