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How 2D Barcode Scanners Improve Healthcare?

Views:27     Author:Kristen Liang     Publish Time: 2018-11-05      Origin:Site


You may not associate 2D Barcode technology with saving lives in the field of medicine, but the truth is barcodes and the 2d barcode scanner play an increasingly important role in the healthcare industry and have been responsible for saving thousands of lives.

Barcodes are so essential to the proper delivery of medicine that in 2009 the FDA issued rules that require “machine readable” labels on all medications to ensure each medicine can be properly identified. The 2D barcode, because of its small size and ease-of-use, provides added benefits for medical identification. But this is just one way that 2D barcodes are being used to improve healthcare. Barcode technology is changing the delivery of healthcare for the better – saving lives, saving resources, and saving time.

Scan the barcodes by the bed

Before administering medication, nurses can automatically perform a "five-correct" check by scanning the product bar codes on medications, patient wristbands, and nurses' ID cards. This simple process can prevent thousands of errors and help prevent the use of expired and recalled drugs and medical devices.

Directional Comprehensive Recall Management

The Commodity Bar Code can serve as a unique identifier for use in dispensing points and automated data collection processes in the Operating Room Make It easy for Pharmacists, Operating Room Staff, and nursing staff to record information about medications and medical devices given to each patient. In the event of a medical safety issue, the drug (device) provider can immediately retrieve and contact every patient using the product and clear every product that needs to be recalled.

Traceability of Medical Devices

According to the risk category of medical devices, participants in the supply chain can use the commodity bar code to track the whole supply chain.


Distributors, pharmacies and hospitals can use product barcodes to track and validate all drugs based on data provided by manufacturers and other potential supply chains, making it harder for counterfeits to reach patients

Inventory Management Collaboration

Dispensing points, distributors and manufacturers can use the commodity bar code to seamlessly exchange information about the use, location, and product availability of a medical device or drug. Analysis of these data in the formulation of inventory planning and forecasting programmes optimizes inventory levels, improves the availability of medicines and medical devices throughout the supply chain and ensures rapid access to medical products at critical points in treatment

Transaction Automation

Transaction processes and system updates can be automated, eliminating much of the manual data entry, validation, and revision that occurs today. Drug and medical device management information can be automatically entered into a logistics, billing and procurement system that connects all stakeholders, including the payer and registry, by scanning a commodity Bar Code




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