Barcode technology means patient location can now be tracked in near real-time at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, its associate director of commercial and procurement has told Digital Health News.
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The largest of the Scan4Safety demonstrator sites is to link information from barcodes to its electronic patient record (EPR) and patient administration system (PAS).
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The humble barcode has been ubiquitous in retail for decades. Now the NHS is trying to use the technology to track faulty devices and improve patient safety.
Six NHS hospital trusts have been named as demonstrator sites for the use of GS1 standards and will share £12 million in funding from the Department of Health.
A Europe-wide system for clamping down on counterfeit medicines moved a step closer this week with the selection of Microsoft Windows Azure cloud platform and Solidsoft to develop a new system for checking pharmaceutical authenticity.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is deploying MSoft’s blood tracking system.
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust has rolled out barcoded wristbands from Dakota Healthcare. The wristband system, which fully integrates with the trust’s existing iSoft iPM patient administration system, and is GS1 standard compliant, provides patient verification including NHS Number, hospital identification number, patient name and date of birth. The trust said that […]
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine has concluded that using barcodes as a verification technology with an electronic medication administration system is "an important intervention to improve medication safety." Researchers observed more than 14,000 medication administrations and 3,000 order requests at an un-named academic medical centre that was implementing barcode eMAR. They […]
The Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care has called for patients to wear barcoded wristbands and for trusts that do not comply by July 2011 to be penalised. An advanced notification of a new information standard has been sent out by the ISB that would define the procedures necessary to add barcodes to patient wristbands […]
Medicines sold across Europe will have to carry barcodes and other improved security mechanisms, under proposals unveiled by the European Commission to crack down on counterfeit drugs. The Commission says it aims to use technology to enable “total traceability" of all medicines bought in pharmacies or online. Even with the new measures, some repackaging will […]