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The Datalogic Gryphon: The Ideal Scanner for Healthcare

Posted March 28, 2013

Datalogic Gryphon I GD4100-HC Barcode ScannerDatalogic’s Gryphon Healthcare (HC) product series is specifically developed for healthcare applications with Disinfectant-Ready enclosures treated with Anti-Microbial additives which are designed to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions.  The new BPOC (Bedside Point-of-Care) models are specifically configured plug-and-play kits designed to interface with Cerner, Meditech, Epic, and McKesson applications. The Gryphon is the perfect solution for any Healthcare environment.

The Gryphon comes in 3 versions to fit any application need: corded(USB and Serial), Bluetooth, or Star Radio(910 Mhz) models.

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The New Unitech PA690MCA – Designed For Healthcare

Posted September 6, 2012

Unitech has announced the release of their newest mobile computer designed specifically for healthcare applications, the PA690MCA.  Healthcare environments require mobile devices to be rugged, reliable, and easy to operate.  With the latest communication technology, the PA690MCA  provides patient and other critical information right in the palm of your hand so you can give the best possible care to your patients.

While the workload and healthcare quality standards are getting higher, hospitals and other medical environments are desperately in need of the latest techniques to offer the best care possible. When people’s lives are at stake; every mistake is one too many. The PA690 MCA helps healthcare workers do their jobs accurate, quick and responsible; whether its regarding patient care, access control or laundry management. This device offers the next level in healthcare technology; it’s the ultimate Mobile Clinical Assistant: PA690 MCA.

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Code Releases The New CR2600

Posted August 3, 2012

Code Corporation announced the launch of the Code Reader 2600 (CR2600). The CR2600 introduces new high performance bar code reading technologies which results in unequaled, unmatched bar code reading performance.

With an aggressive scan engine, the CR2600 decodes 1D and 2D bar codes faster and features patented technologies including dual field optics and glare reducing technology. The CR2600 is available in both palm and handled configurations, and features durable quick-release, rechargeable, battery cartridges. The newly designed battery cartridge accurately measures charge level and displays battery life using a fuel gauge indicator.

The disinfectant ready housing and IP65 sealing of the CR2600 prevents plastic degradation and securely protects electronics and optics. The CR2600 is both rugged and durable and ideal for applications in 24/7, 365, high traffic environments such as healthcare, retail, and manufacturing

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CipherLab Presents a New Bluetooth 2D Barcode Scanner from the Antimicrobial Protection Series

Posted June 5, 2012

CipherLab, a leading innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) has released the 1664H scanner from its Antimicrobial Protection Series today. This model is designed to meet conditions in the healthcare application. It comes with unique disinfection friendly treatment which will not scrub off with alcohol cleaning, also protects the product from bacteria growth in clinical settings. Its lightweight features make it easy to carry and give users excellent mobility.

The 1664H pocket-sized scanner is designed to perfectly supplement the healthcare staffs. Alongside of the special antimicrobial technology, the 1664H is equipped with 4 MB memory for spacious data storage. In terms of scanning capabilities, the 1664H satisfies the growth of 2D barcodes deployments as well as those with 1D barcodes. It operates on a rechargeable Li-ion battery which translates to long operational time creating increased productivity. Armed with Bluetooth technology, the scanner supports a wide working range for instant data synchronization with the back-end system.

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Pharmacy Pill Bottle Labeling

Posted April 26, 2012

Industry Need

Advancements in pharmaceutical science enable improved health, better management of medical conditions, and even extended life spans for many. However, realization of these benefits relies on accurate identification of medicines and dosing instructions; mistakes can have severe health repercussions. Specialized pill bottle labels fulfill this critical identification and information role.

Pharmaceutical labeling has a unique set of product requirements. Durability is key. Frequent handling, contact abrasion (such as jostling with purse contents), or storage in warm, moist environments must not degrade the printed image or adhesion. Many common label materials are quickly degraded by contact with hand lotions or other environmental exposures.

Pharmaceuticals are typically fulfilled through two channels, each of which contributes additional unique requirements.

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CipherLab’s New Antimicrobial Protection Series Brings More Efficiency to Healthcare Providers

Posted April 10, 2012

Fulfilling not only the needs for a sanitary environment, the 8200H also offers long lasting performance and ergonomic comfort.

CipherLab, a well-known manufacturer in the field of Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), announced today a new addition to its antimicrobial protection series – the 8200H mobile computer. It comes with a built-in antimicrobial treatment to meet the standard requirements of healthcare providers, and offers various reader options including 2D imager in response to the growing adoption of 2D barcodes on the medicine packaging and patient’s wristband.

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Labeling Solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries

Posted April 9, 2012

Industry Need

The Health Industry Business Communications Council and the American National Standards Institute have developed the ANSI/HIBC standards for packed and item level bar coding for the health care industry. Bar code technology is a proven valuable tool for reducing labor costs, human error and automating data to improve the quality of patient care. Standards for proper identification can be found at http://www.hibcc.org.  Analytical diagnosis begins with specimen analysis in laboratories that submit samples to extreme conditions such as centrifugal separation, cryogenic freezing or autoclave sterilization.

Extreme applications have been at the core of Intermec’s business since the development of the bar code, with solutions ranging from pharmaceutical clean rooms designed for temporary ID to durable military code applications for transcontinental deployment.

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Mobile Medical Sample Labeling

Posted April 3, 2012

Industry Need

Medical testing provides key information to physicians, serving as a foundational tool for diagnosing patient conditions. Accuracy is critically important; mistakes can lead to undiagnosed illnesses or inappropriate treatments. Current specimen vial labeling methods, however, are error-prone. Handwritten labels are subject to interpretation and manual data errors; labels preprinted at a central station and carried to the patient location introduce the chance for mix-ups. Mobile sample labeling eliminates these opportunities for errors, enhancing patient safety. Printing on Intermec media ensures robust traceability, meeting the application requirements of sample labeling from the point of collection through challenging laboratory conditions.

Automatic identification technologies such as bar coding excel at eliminating human error. Within the high-touch medical environment these systems have steadily improved patient safety. Errors resulting from manual data entry are unacceptable in a diagnostic environment where they can lead to lost samples (increasing time to diagnose and treat) or mistaken patient identities (potentially leading to incorrect diagnosis and course of treatment).

Recognizing the persistence of these errors, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has made improving the accuracy of patient identification the first goal of the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals document. This goal requires blood and specimen containers to be labeled in the patient’s presence. Printing sample labels in place and on-demand with ID scanned from the patient’s wristband eliminates multiple points of error, enhancing patient safety.

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Medical Wristbands

Posted March 27, 2012

Industry Need

Effective patient care is predicated on accuracy, but human error is exceptionally difficult to eliminate in the inherently high-touch medical environment. To address this, barcodes and automatic ID technologies are being used increasingly across a wide range of medical practices. Patient wristbands are one common application area. Intermec patient wristbands ensure positive identification for integration with verification systems for medication, samples, and surgical procedures.

The five rights of medication safety (right patient, right drug, right time, right dose, right route) provide an important framework for verification of pharmaceutical administration, but commonly rely on manual human checks. Integration of positive patient ID with barcode wristbands provides a highly reliable adjunct to eliminate human error. With increasing implementation of patient electronic medical record (EMR), scanning the wristband can trigger caregiver notification of allergies or other special requirements.

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has made improving the accuracy of patient identification a high priority, and it remains the number one goal in the pre-release version of the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) for hospitals. Recognizing the accuracy enhancements of auto ID technologies, bar code verification is specifically cited as an acceptable alternative to resourceintensive two-person verification required for administration of blood products.

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Healthcare Unique Device Identification (UDI) Labeling

Posted March 27, 2012

Industry Need

The FDA’s developing UDI (Unique Device Identification) standard highlights the capacity of auto-ID technologies to enable significant improvements in patient safety. Quick, effective recalls and adverse event reporting are difficult with current medical device management systems, and UDI is targeted to drive major enhancements. Pushing traceability to the device level enables manufacturers and users to quickly identify, locate, and pull recalled units from service; connecting adverse events to a unit serial number can reveal failure trends previously missed with manual checks.

The FDA is developing the unique attributes with input from the GHTF (Global Harmonization Task Force) for Automatic Data Collection of the device’s lot and serial number to maintain a chain of custody record for the life cycle of the Medical Device.

Additional benefits to full implementation include accurate device usage data yielding improved maintenance effectiveness. Direct input of device usage into electronic health records can provide significantly increased accuracy of patient service history and billing. Selecting the correct printers and media help ensure UDI labeling delivers the intended benefits in challenging healthcare environments.

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