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Are your barcode scanners COVID-19 ready?

Posted March 11, 2021

Given the emphasis on infection control brought on by COVID-19, it is especially important that the devices workers are using are even more durable to the cleaners required to uphold infectious-disease control standards. Introducing the CR2700, Code’s fourth-generation barcode reader that combines nearly twenty years of market experience to meet the demands for shifting workflow and enhanced infectious control.

CR2700

The CR2700 improves not only patient care but helps to keep nurses moving with a quick and easy routine disinfection, superior durability along with 6’ drop protection, and a proactive alert system for managing battery life. With the introduction of wireless (inductive) charging combined with seamless construction, an IP65 rating, and top-of-the-line CodeShield Plastics, the CR2700 can be quickly and completely wiped down with even the harshest chemicals. Wipe down the device in less than a minute and go with virtually no disruption to workflow.

Features & Benefits

  • Inductive charging eliminates chemical corrosion caused by disinfectants
  • PVC-Free CodeShield plastics stand up to harsh disinfectants
  • Lightweight, ergonomic models in palm and handled configurations
  • Smart battery shows battery health with a visible fuel gauge
  • Using Bluetooth Dongle pair to any supported Android, iOS, or Windows computer, devices, or tablets
  • IP65 rating seals out dust and moisture

With the standards for infectious-disease control adapting to the ever-evolving demands for shifting workflow and infection control, the CR2600 family of barcode scanners have been discontinued to make way for the latest and greatest CR2700 family.

Code Corporation knows healthcare barcode scanning and the CR2700 is the new gold standard. Shop the CR2700 online or contact your Barcodes, Inc. Account Manager for more information.

How Clinical Mobility Improves Patient Care

Posted February 10, 2021

Studies conducted by the Joint Commission have found that nearly 70% of medical errors stem from inefficient communication channels. Facing increasing demands and stress, today’s healthcare providers need -and deserve- dependable technologies that simplify workflows, much like Zebra’s TC52-HC touch computer.

According to Zebra’s 2022 Hospital Vision Study, 72% of facilities reported improved quality in patient care after enhancing clinical mobility. Not only do modernized devices minimize the likelihood of dangerous errors, but they also assist in implementing future-forwards healthcare initiatives without extensive workflow changes.

One mobile device…thousands of possibilities.

Performing several indispensable healthcare tasks such as barcode scanning, push-to-talk, and EHR sharing, the TC52-HC serves as a gateway into several mobility benefits that enhance patient care such as:

  • Telehealth – Combine high-speed and long-range WiFi connectivity with the TC52-HC’s high-resolution cameras to reach patients without requiring them to leave their homes and possibly risk their health.
  • Faster admissionsZebra’s MobilityDNA app, SimulScan helps expedite data capture by scanning multiple barcodes at the same time without compromising accuracy. This frees up staff from conducting repetitive clerical work, so they can focus on providing better care.
  • HIPPA-compliant data sharing – Unlike other outdated or consumer-grade operating systems, Android for Enterprise helps protect sensitive data with government-grade encryption and recurrent security patches. Moreover, Zebra’s secured text messaging feature enables staff-to-staff communication without risking privacy breaches.
  • Efficient and dependable disinfection – Made for constant wipe downs, Zebra’s TC52-HC can be regularly cleaned and disinfected without compromising functionality, minimizing the transmission of HAIs via dirty clinical devices.

To make implementation all the more stress-free, Barcodes, Inc. works closely alongside your IT team and staff to prepare, deploy, and maintain devices with assisted procurement, on-site installation services, and TrueSupport technical support to keep your solution running faster and longer. Contact Barcodes, Inc. today for a free comprehensive evaluation of your facility to start empowering your staff with mobility made for healthcare.  

Improve COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Code Corp Technology

Posted January 29, 2021

With Coronavirus vaccine administration in full swing, keeping on track with your distribution timeline is an essential but vulnerable process. It can be difficult and stressful to monitor and track the vaccines as they travel through the supply chain from production and shipping to pharmacy and patients. With the added concern of volatile vaccine expiration, it is crucial that you have access to your HIS software at a moment’s notice through your mobile device. However, long workdays may drain your phone battery and taking the time to manually enter barcodes into your mobile device is an avoidable stress in your staff’s daily workflow.

With the healthcare industry in mind, Code Corporation has designed a barcode scanning solution for your iOS and Android mobile devices to convert the built-in camera into an enterprise-grade barcode scanner. Their disinfectant-ready, fully enclosed iPhone battery cases will also increase efficiency in your healthcare operations by reducing downtime from low batteries.

Convert Your iPhone Camera into a Barcode Scanner with Code’s Cortex Decoder Software

Does your HIS offer integrated mobile barcode scanning? With growing concerns about reducing patient care costs and mobile device maintenance costs, it is now more critical than ever that fewer devices take care of a greater number of tasks. With many hospitals and pharmacies already in possession of iOS phones and tablets, the added expense of a separate scanner can be difficult to budget.

Combining the familiarity of smartphones with enterprise-grade functionality and reliability, Code’s Cortex Decoder software transforms your iOS or Android device’s built-in camera into a fully functioning enterprise-level barcode scanner. Offered in annual licenses, this software gives you the chance to kill two birds with one phone. You can now operate your EHR software while using the built-in camera on the device to scan barcodes as well.

Product Features

  • Near zero-miss (99.9995%) reliability – even the most complicated barcodes are read by Cortex Decoder; secure, dependable, reliable, and with enterprise-grade performance
  • Industry-leading scan rates – Read rates that are up to 6x faster than the competition—even when barcodes are damaged or distorted
  • Flexible OS portability – A small footprint, optimized portability, and decades of experience allow virtually any processing platform and operating system to be easily integrated.
  • Camera flexibility – Code’s software supports numerous types of optics and cameras, providing you the flexibility to build your project as needed
  • Superior on poor quality barcodes – Torn, faded, or smudged barcodes, on reflective surfaces or in low light are read quickly, accurately, and reliably
  • Most supported barcode symbologies – Code Cortex Decoder provides the most advanced bundle of decoding algorithms in the industry and reads all major 1D, 2D, and postal barcodes
  • Unrivaled professional support – Code Professional Services make SDK integration easy. Engineers and experts at Code will work directly with your team for optimal results
  • Software OS – Software portability to any processing platform and OS – Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, custom, etc.

Healthcare-Grade Battery Backup Cases Combine Mobility with Patient Safety

The Code CR7000 series is the industry’s first fully enclosed battery backup case built with PVC-free CodeShield plastics and Dragontrail Glass.  This means that mobile phones are completely protected from the harsh chemicals required to safeguard patients.  Its smooth housing with minimal crevices ensures germs can’t hitch a ride.  Quick-swappable batteries keep the phone fully charged and operating on case power extending each phone’s optimal operating life cycle.  All of this is available in a compact, lightweight case that nurses can easily carry during their shift.

Product Features

  • Smart battery shows battery health with a visible fuel gauge
  • Compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone SE 2nd Generation
  • CodeShield PVC-Free disinfectant-ready plastics have the widest range of certified disinfectants in the industry
  • DragonTrail Glass Screen Protector- picked for its proven ability to withstand drops and scratches
  • Hot-swappable 2,700 mAh external battery with quick-swap battery release mechanism keeps clinicians moving
  • BatteryTrak application provides real-time battery vitals such as deployment dates, state of health cycle counts, and serial numbers
  • Compatible with Cortex Decoder

For a full SARS-CoV-2 Track, Trace, and Verify solution, pair your iPhone and EHR software with the CR7000 extended battery case and the Cortex Decoder scanning software.

If this system sounds like a suitable solution for your business or you have additional questions, please contact us at Barcodes, Inc. We are always happy to help you find the right solution for your needs. 

Increase Healthcare Efficiency with the CR1100 Barcode Scanner

Posted November 5, 2020

Every clinical environment is unique, but they all share one important characteristic: the pressure. Healthcare workers today have to move quickly and efficiently, treating more patients in less time than ever before, with no room for mistakes. Smart tools allow workers to meet the challenges of continually developing situations.

The Code CR1100 is a compact, efficient, and powerful barcode reader. At just 2.4 oz, it quickly and reliably decodes all barcodes from any surface type. Curved, damaged, or reflective barcodes are no problem for this little powerhouse. Users can operate the CR1100 as a handheld or in the in-stand presentation mode. For increased efficiency, users can also select continuous scan or motion detection barcode reading.

Always PVC-free, Code readers stand up to the harshest chemical cleaning agents and never miss a scan.

Features:
• High-speed, omnidirectional reading of 1D, 2D, and postal barcode symbologies
• Manual or automatic triggering
• User feedback with LED and audible tone
• Compatible with Code’s CortexTools2® software configuration utility
• Reads barcodes on mobile device screens
• Data editing and parsing with JavaScript
• Efficient power consumption (lowest in its class)
• CodeShield® PVC-Free, disinfectant-ready IP54 housing

Applications:
• Track, Trace, and Verify Lab Samples
• Point-of-Care
• Medical Supply Tracking
• Supply Chain Management
• Pharmacy
• Administration Applications
• Mobile Barcode Scanning
• Integrated Software Based Barcode Scanning

Intuitive and lightning fast, this reader is perfect for any healthcare application.

Shop the Code Reader 1100 online or Contact your Barcodes, Inc. Account Manager for more information.

Barcodes, Inc. Partners with Honeywell to Deliver Mobile COVID-19 Tracking Solutions

Posted September 10, 2020

Barcodes, Inc.’s Mobile COVID-19 tracking solution captures and registers person’s ID card in order to track each patient and their testing results. Information is stored centrally generating local, statewide and even global heat maps in real-time.

What are the Benefits of the Mobile COVID-19 Tracking Solution?

In a time when healthcare and local government facilities are limited, a mobile COVID-19 tracking solution allows an organization to setup a remote COVID-19 testing site with limited resources and equipment. Check out the benefits of a mobile COVID-19 tracking solution:

  • Safe: Allows technicians to stay at a safe distance as the ID card is scanned directly from the patient’s hand
  • Cloud Solution: Information is centrally stored on the cloud for easy deployment
  • Fast: The system reads an ID card in 4 seconds and creates the account
  • Real-time Tracking: Using our Heat Map function, executives have access to heat maps to better understand problematic locations and issues in real-time, which allows adjusting treatment and personnel priorities faster
  • Face Image: The face image from the ID card is cropped o­ff for later account visual verification. There is a future option to add Face Recognition that will compare the account image to a live picture of the patient

How Does the Mobile COVID-19 Tracking Solution Work?

The remote COVID-19 test site solution is ideal for healthcare and government organizations who have limited facilities to operate and test patients. Below is the framework on how the solution works:

  • Technician scans the ID card using a Honeywell CT60 mobile computer. The COVID-19 tracking software will then extract the patient information directly from the image using our advanced engine
  • The technician then verifies the information is correct and can edit each field if necessary
  • System will check for duplicate accounts
  • Technician records patient temperature and adds email, phone and notes (if required)
  • Information is sent to our central database hosted on the Microsoft Azure Platform
  • Technician enters pertinent virus tracking information for each patient, such as status (pending, negative, positive, inconclusive), temperature and notes (if required)
  • If there is a visit history the system will pull the information from the database if needed
  • The Honeywell CT60 mobile computer will then print crucial patient information directly to a nearby Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Honeywell RP4e mobile printer
  • The printer will create a label that is be taped onto the test vial
  • In parallel the patient information is sent to our cloud data base and an account is created

It’s important to note that once sent, the information is not stored on the mobile device for patient safety and security. The backend database is easily searchable and is centrally administered. Each location, area, state or country can have its personalized view. Only manager level and up can access the database with our secure access tiers.

What Do You Need for a Mobile COVID-19 Tracking Solution Work?

While all testing sites and equipment are different, here is a list of items required to successfully operate a mobile COVID-19 tracking solution:

Contact us today for a free demo and see if the Barcodes, Inc. Mobile COVID-19 Tracking solution is right for your environment.

How to Provide the Best On-Point Quality Care with Citizen Mobile Printing

Posted August 25, 2020

Improving medical service at the point of care continues to be a top priority for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Nurses and healthcare staff, who spend most of their time caring for patients, need access to critical information while operating remotely. In order to improve care at the patient connection point, hospitals need to overcome the challenges that plague today’s healthcare workforce – challenges that increase the opportunity for error at the bedside and reduce the amount of time required to devote to direct patient care. Barcodes, Inc. and Citizen can help you deliver a point of care solution that meets your patients’ expectations through mobile printing, scanning, healthcare labels and wristbands. Watch how the Citizen CMP-30II and CMP-25L are ideal for on-point quality care:

Contact us today for a free assessment and see if you have the right point of care solution in place.

How to Create an Error-free Pharmacy Labeling Solution

Posted August 25, 2020

Pharmacy labeling contains critical information such as how to use the medication correctly, the number of doses per day, the length of time the medication should be taken and any precautions. While the information seems straightforward, mistakes are often made that can be costly. Barcodes, Inc. and Citizen can help you create an error-free pharmacy printer and label solution that meets the high customer demands and is compatible with healthcare pharmacy information and dispensing systems such as Cerner, Epic, OptiFill, ScriptPro, Meditech, VA Hospital, MedStation, Pyxis and Mediware. Watch how the Citizen CL-E300 and CL-S700 are ideal for pharmacy labeling:

Contact us today for a free assessment and see if you have the right pharmacy management solution in place.

Resolving the Unseen Dangers of Inaccurate Patient Identification

Posted July 27, 2020

Needless to say, there is already a great deal of anxiety felt within a hospital. The last thing your staff and patients should worry about is whether or not they are receiving the correct treatment. However, researchers at the Emergency Care Research Institute cite mismatched identification as one of the top ten concerns[1] patients have in 2020. As a matter of fact, American healthcare systems lose an average of $6 billion[2] annually due to inaccurate patient identification and matching. In addition to potential patient endangerment and financial loss, poor identification can also lead to:

  • Wasted medical resources
  • Lost staff productivity
  • Incorrect discharge instructions
  • Transfusion and medication errors
  • Diminished patient trust

To reduce these harms, healthcare professionals are encouraged to double-check wristbands before administering care; however, when bands are fading, crumpled, or inaccessible, proper identification becomes more difficult.

See how our partnership with Zebra Technologies can improve your identification system in our video:

Get more out of your Patient Tracking System with Barcodes, Inc.

As leaders in effective tracking, Barcodes, Inc. works closely with your team to develop a customized patient identification solution that provides reliable visibility from admission to discharge. Working with Zebra’s healthcare-grade wristbands, design and deploy a system that enhances care with visible patient status and real-time feedback, while also benefiting from Barcodes, Inc.’s services:

  • Software development and integration
  • Staging and product management services
  • Automatic re-ordering and shipping

Contact us today to integrate efficiency back into your identification system.


[1] Cheney, Christopher. Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2020. Health Leaders. Mar 17, 2020.

[2] Caramencio, Alicia. Patient-matching issues cost hospitals $1.5M a year. Fierce Healthcare. Apr 17, 2018.

What to Expect from Your Healthcare-Grade Labels

Posted July 27, 2020

Errors and healthcare simply don’t mix, yet studies suggest that more than half[1] of lab errors occur as a result of improper labeling. From wasted medical supplies to fatal mistakes, improper healthcare labeling damages a hospital’s operations from the inside out. To eliminate unnecessary risks, we recommend reviewing label performance by certifying your printing supplies fulfill the following expectations:

  • Long-lasting adhesive strength – Your labels carry vital information wherever they go, which means that a missing label can stop your workflow and implicate patient care.
  • Temperature endurance – Because medical assets and medications can transition between drastic temperatures throughout the day, labels should be fitted to endure constant temperature swings in order to preserve identification.
  • Crisp legibility regardless size – From large operating machinery to small test tubes, every healthcare asset requires reliable identification. Simplify data capture with smear-resistant barcodes that fit your custom label.
  • Writable surface – Since caregivers will most likely need to write on your labels, minimize time spent looking for appropriate pens and integrate writable surfaces into your labeling solution.
  • Chemical resistance – Last but not least, healthcare labels should be able to endure abrasive and/or corrosive chemicals as well as disinfectants in order to protect information.

Using Zebra Certified Labels, Barcodes Inc. creates scalable and cost-effective labeling solutions built for healthcare. Plus, count on automatic restocking and replenishment for maximum uptime. As experts in efficient tracking and traceability systems, we build custom solutions that meet your application requirements without draining your budget, effectively cutting errors and confusing workflows.

See how in our video:

Contact us today for a free assessment and see if your healthcare labels are living up to your staff and patients’ expectations.


[1] Identification errors involving clinical laboratories: a College of American Pathologists Q-Probes study of patient and specimen identification errors at 120 institutions. Archives of Pathology and Medicine.

Is Your Technology Helping or Hindering Patient Care?

Posted June 23, 2020

In a span of ten years, over 90%[1] of medical facilities nationwide have switched from paper-based tracking to automated systems, yet patient identification problems continue to persist in the digitized era. Researchers at the ECRI Institute suggest that technology may be responsible for as much as 15%[2] of patient misidentification errors occurring predominantly at the patient’s bedside. Several technical issues may be to blame, including:

  • Poorly printed identification wristbands
  • Complicated or “buggy” tracking software
  • Lack of available devices
  • Devices incapable of capturing data without line of sight

Explore the advantages of a high-performing patient identification solution in our video:

How Can Wristband Printing Help?

As leaders in efficient tracking, Barcodes Inc. combines the power of Zebra’s easy-to-deploy ZD510-HC wristband printer with adaptable identification software to eliminate any complications that might distract your staff from providing superior care. Enhance the patient experience while simplifying identification systems with:

  • Faster wristband and label printing
  • Easier media reloading that diminishes downtime
  • Customized wristbands
  • Long-lasting prints that preserve identification
  • Scalable applications that adapts to patient influx 

Contact us today for a free demonstration and integrate labeling efficiency back into your patient identification system.


[1] Landi, Heather. Survey: Nearly All U.S. Hospitals Use EHRs, CPOE Systems. Healthcare Innovation.  Sept 11, 2019.

[2] White, Jess. Prevent patient identification errors. Healthcare Business & Technology. Sept 29, 2016.

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