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Lancaster Health Group Improves Resident Care Socket SoMo 650Rx Mobile Computer

Posted September 22, 2010

Socket SoMo 650Rx

Challenge

Document nursing activities electronically at the point of care

Solution

Results

  • Increased efficiency of nursing documentation
  • Improved compliance to documentation requirements
  • Higher Medicare reimbursement
  • Improved quality of care through increased time spent in direct care of residents
  • Real-time access to medical records and references enables smarter decisions at the point of care and improved continuity of care

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at Lancaster Health Group’s healthcare and rehabilitation centers can spend less time filling out forms and more time caring for residents thanks to a mobile Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system running on the Socket SoMo 650Rx handheld computer.

Using EMRs at the point of care enables CNAs to efficiently document patient assessments, medications administered, activities of daily living, and other records that are required from nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Detailed documentation is needed not only for state and federal audits, but also for billing, Medicare reimbursement, and industry accreditation.

The SigmaCare EMR application, developed by eHealth Solutions, also allows CNAs instant access to look up patient records, nursing care plans, medical references, and other critical data anywhere within a facility.

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American Red Cross Selects Motorola MC55 Mobile Computer for Blood Drives

Posted September 17, 2010

Nationwide deployment includes mobile computing and wireless LAN solutions

The American Red Cross announced it will use a more than 6,000 Motorola MC55 mobile barcode scanners to improve tracking and documentation of blood donations for its blood drives.

The 36 Red Cross regions nationwide will have access to the new barcode scanning technology, which will enable them to keep an organized and accurate listing of donations when it conducts its more than 200,000 blood drives each year.

The organization collects 6.5 million blood donations annually from nearly four million volunteer donors. As much as 80 percent of these donations are collected during mobile blood drives held by various organizations, colleges or other community institutions.

Collecting blood donations requires a high-level of monitoring and safety protocols to ensure information is properly documented and marked. By using barcode technology, data for each blood donation can be quickly gathered and uploaded onto an electronic database.

Many health facilities have introduced barcode technology to improve the accuracy and management of blood packages. Recently, hospitals in the United Kingdom adopted a smartcard and barcode technology system to improve the safety and reliability of blood transfusions.

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Datalogic Pegaso Optimizes Supermarket’s Distribution Warehouse

Posted September 16, 2010

Datalogic PegasoThe Familiya supermarket chain was founded in 2000. Today Familiya is a large company that produces clothes, footwear and many other goods at reasonable prices. It has 39 stores in the Moscow region and Saint Petersburg with a total floor space of over 30,000 square meters. It also includes a distribution warehouse, purchasing department and business support services.

In the past, all warehousing operations, such as receiving, dispatch and inventory, were done manually. In an area of 7,500 square meters, many errors occurred and goods were lost. In order to avoid these errors, Datalogic partner recommended the Datalogic Pegaso PDA.

The numerous benefits provided by Pegaso were the deciding factors for this choice. This rugged PDA provides a large color and clear touch display (3.7 in) that helps users work more efficiently in various lighting conditions, it includes a large memory (128 MB) with extension possibility, an IP64 protection class and can be dropped from 1.5m to a concrete surface without breaking down. Furthermore, the Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system allows use of numerous standard development tools and the quick-attach handle assures comfortable device usage while reducing user fatigue during intensive scanning. Another additional benefit is obtained by the rechargeable Li-on battery pack, which allows Pegaso™ continuous operation for 12 hours, improving productivity.

Scan City’s partner Soft Merit, dealing with warehouse automation solutions at Familiya, has installed 10 Pegasos, supplying one third of Familiya’s distribution warehousing personnel with these devices. However, the automation process has not been completed yet. In the near future, 20 more Pegaso™ PDAs will be installed and Familiya is studying the possibility of using other Datalogic Mobile terminals in its stores.


Datalogic Skorpio Gun Helps Funtastic Traveling Shows Increase Efficiency with Wireless Ticketing System

Posted September 15, 2010

Datalogic FuntasticFuntastic Traveling Shows is a company expected to live up to its name. This Portland, Oregon, company runs fairs across the Northwest using the Datalogic Skorpio Gun to help them slash theft, usher customers quickly aboard rides, and forecast future needs. Together, Funtastic and Datalogic are bringing the fun to fairgoers faster.

Putting on 80 events a year makes every moment precious to Funtastic. From time spent planning the fairs to speedily serving corndogs and reducing line waits, Funtastic makes every second count towards their efficiency and profitability.
Throughout their existence, fairs and carnivals have had a problem monitoring employees, vendors, and even fairgoers.

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Grocery co-op Makes retail History in New Zealand by Implementing Magellan Scanners

Posted August 26, 2010

POS checkout systemMajor Co-Op Wholesaler / Retail Group Reconfigured Cluttered POS Stations with Datalogic Magellan™ Scanners to Create the ‘Dream Checkout!’

Overview

Foodstuffs South Island Limited (Foodstuffs) is a major wholesaling and retailing FMCG group operating as a cooperative and established to provide high levels of service to member stores. Member stores fall under the following brands: PAK’nSAVE (barn-style supermarkets), New World (full-service supermarkets), Four Square (convenience stores), Henry’s (liquor stores) and On the Spot (dairy) stores.

Foodstuffs holds the dominant market position in the south Island grocery trade with approximately 58% of the market share, as measured by AC Nielsen. Foodstuffs is 100% New Zealand owned and operated with all profits and taxes remaining inside the country.

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Mankato Clinic Achieves Secure, Efficient Prescription Generation With Star Micronics TSP800Rx Printers

Posted August 6, 2010

Star TSP800Writing prescriptions for patients is a complicated endeavor these days. While some orders for medication and devices may be conveyed to pharmacies by telephone, federal regulations stipulate that controlled substance prescriptions be presented at pharmacies before they are dispensed. Stringent regulations issued recently by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to combat the estimated $5 billion in annual prescription fraud committed throughout the U.S. also come into play; these regulations call for secure prescriptions that cannot be copied, altered or counterfeited.

Bob Norman, director of IT at Mankato Clinic, had such challenges in mind as he shopped the aisles of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference & Exhibition three years ago. One of Minnesota’s largest physician-owned, multi-specialty regional group practices, Mankato Clinic operates eight sites in and around Mankato; its staff includes 80 physicians.

At the time of Norman’s visit to the HIMSS meeting, Mankato Clinic management had already decided to migrate from a manual (handwritten) prescription-issuance system to a printer-based one. “We thought it would be better all around in terms of compliance with all regulations, as well as to make the job a little easier for the doctors,” Norman said. Management had also concluded that using dedicated prescription printers, rather than all-purpose laser jet printers fitted with prescription-generating software, would be their best bet because the latter are more expensive and print prescriptions on 8 ½” X 11” paper instead of standard prescription form.

“We didn’t want to pay more for ‘all-purpose’ printers when all we were going to do was to generate prescriptions,” Norman explained. “We also needed very solid, secure dedicated units with a convenient small footprint, and that would even hang on a wall if we wanted them to.”

In perusing the HIMMS exhibits, Norman found exactly what he sought in Star Micronics’ TSP800Rx thermal printer. “It fit all our criteria,” he noted. In addition to being designed specifically for the medical industry, it offers durability, a small footprint, and a wall-mounting option.” Even more importantly, Norman said, the TSP800Rx is the only printer available for the medical industry to boast a locking mechanism that deters unauthorized removal of prescription media from the paper chamber.

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BarcodesInc Quickens Checkout Lines at Quik Mart Stores

Posted August 6, 2010

Quik MartQuik Mart is one of the largest convenience store chains in Arizona. With a multitude of offerings including fuel, groceries, snacks, and gifts, the checkout lines at Quik Mart were increasingly longer, resulting in frustrated customers and lost revenue. They needed a solution to reduce the customer waiting time and be user-friendly for their employees.

Quik Mart turned to a BarcodesInc expert for a faster Point of Sale solution to keep its checkout lines moving. We offered an omni-directional laser scanner that has been a favorite of many of our convenience store customers. The recommended scanner allowed Quik Mart employees to process transactions quicker and more accurately. Quik Mart now keeps customers moving quickly with these units in all 28 of its locations.

Quik Mart stores has made BarcodesInc their preferred vendor for their Point of Sale and Automatic Identification and Data Capture requirements.

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Maricopa County Expands Service and Improves Responsiveness with Wireless

Posted August 5, 2010

Maricopa County Under Control Thanks To IntermecMaricopa County, which encompasses Phoenix and is home to more than half of Arizona’s population, is the fourth largest county in the U.S. but continues to grow rapidly. Normally, the combination of size and growth would strain county services. But Maricopa has successfully met the challenge with innovation. Since implementing wireless handheld computers from Intermec, Maricopa County has expanded services, improved responsiveness and reduced its labor requirements by at least $40,000.

Maricopa County champions best practices. If one department does something well, it becomes the central provider to all county agencies. Many responsibilities fall on the Maricopa County Public Works Department, which has county-wide responsibility for inventory, asset and document management. The department’s own best practices for providing these services include extensive use of Intermec 750 Series handheld computers running multiple applications from an Intermec Honors Partner highly experienced in the public sector.

“Through our streamlining with the mobile computers we’ve been able to serve more departments without having to hire anyone into our department,” said Maricopa County Public Works Procurement Manager James Baker. “The system is helping improve our accountability and has eliminated human errors.”

County property is now scanned at receiving, recorded into inventory and the warehouse location automatically documented. The Intermec 750 Series computer also captures the recipient’s signature for proof of delivery when Public Works Department employees deliver items to other county agencies. Workers also uses the handheld computers to manage department assets and to track the documents the county keeps in storage.

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Social Security Administration Looks to Reduce Warehouse Labor Costs with RFID

Posted August 5, 2010

RFID and SSA's WarehouseEligible for Benefits. Limelight is not exactly the Social Security Administration’s usual operating environment. The Administration’s 65,000 employees in roughly 1,500 nationwide offices work relatively quietly helping to deliver benefit payments to some 50 million Americans and serving the general agency needs of millions more.

These days, Social Security Administration (SSA) employees go about their business under the focus of a nation trying to decide how best to steer Social Security’s future. But no matter what that future brings, people will always need help filling out benefit forms, applying for a Social Security number and navigating their way through the system. Spotlight glare or no, administration employees will continue to support the public they serve.

Such service involves millions of copies of forms and publications. The administration stores tons of this material in its main warehouse, an 80,000-square-foot supply building at SSA headquarters in Woodlawn, Md. In 2004, SSA took its own step toward changing its future by initiating a pilot program to track warehouse material wirelessly using radio frequency identification (RFID).

Early tests indicate that a full RFID tracking system could save SSA between 30 and 35 percent in labor costs in its main warehouse. SSA recently began full deployment of the pilot program throughout its main warehouse, to coincide with the rollout of its upgraded warehouse system. Eventually, the 915MHz RFID portals and portable readers will cover all three SSA warehouses in the headquarters complex.

The move came in part from dissatisfaction with manual bar-coded label scanning. John Spencer directs SSA’s Office of Supply & Warehouse Management. He saw how RFID could improve read rates by taking scanning duty out of employee hands and turning it over to an RFID portal.

“There are always problems associated with scanning,” he said. “Getting good reads didn’t occur exactly like we wanted them to. With RFID, we do expect that accuracy to improve.”

When all system components are in place, workers will no longer need to scan individual boxes of supplies as they move through the warehouse shipping and receiving docks. The main component is the RFID interrogator portal. A portable doorway lined with RFID readers, the portal acts as a tunnel through which workers drive their pallets of materials.

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U.S. Navy Saves More Than $10 Million with Wireless Inventory Management System, PHIMS

Posted August 5, 2010

Navy improves Inventory ManagementAn aircraft carrier in the middle of the Indian Ocean is surrounded by 28 million square miles of water. The African coastline lies far off to the west, to the east. The carrier’s deck absorbs the relentless rays of the afternoon sun, at times registering 115 degrees in the shade. Raymond L. Gaiser Jr. has stood on such a deck during his time as an Alterations Program Manager for the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Philadelphia. “The heat at times goes right through your shoes,” he said. “It literally blisters you.”

Below deck is another story, thanks to air conditioning. Comfortably cool, the crew can go about its business with hardly a notion of the extreme temperatures above. Should the massive air-conditioning system falter, however, you’d never see a repair order go out so fast.

Gaiser, now a logistics operations manager with NSWC, likely would be the one in charge of filling that order. From his 264,000-square-foot staging facility at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Philadelphia, he helps to oversee two other staging facilities with a combined parts inventory worth more than $225 million. Parts are assembled into specialized kits that replace, repair or improve any of the systems on Navy ships.

Six years ago, at Gaiser’s suggestion, the NSWC and Anteon Corporation implemented the first phase of a tracking system using mobile computers and printers by Intermec Technologies Corp. known as the Philadelphia Inventory Management System (PHIMS). It is now in its fifth phase of ongoing upgrades and implementations to fine-tune efficiencies. The new system is a vast improvement over the old paper-based way of tracking parts and kits.

Ignorance, Enemy of Bliss
With the new system, inventory accuracy is about 98 percent, up from about 50 percent under the old tracking method. Human error has been virtually eliminated and productivity has increased by 50 percent in the first year. One application of the system, called the Excess Material Improvement Program (EMIP), has saved the Navy more than $5 million. PHIMS paid for itself within the first three years of operation.

Keeping accurate, up-to-date records on some 15,650 item-types means never having to say the three little words, “‘I don’t know’ is absolutely the wrong answer,” Gasier said. “Admirals and Generals want to know where their assets are, and they want to know now.” Tracking these assets conforms to Naval Sea Power 21 Proclamations.

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