Health Information Systems (HIS) are a crucial aspect of any hospital or health system. It is important that the patient’s information electronic health record or EHR is up-to-date, accurate, and secure in the information system for their health and safety. Any health record is only as good as what information it has and how it is used. According to HealthIT.gov, “EHRs can enhance patient safety and provide safer health care through comprehensiveness, speed, flagging potential conflicts, verifying medications and dosages, and reducing the need to repeat risky tests and procedures.”
How Does an HIS Work?
Everything in a hospital or in the healthcare industry involving a patient should be recorded – whether it be on paper, or electronically. With an HIS everything is recorded electronically, mainly using a barcode. Barcodes have become an essential part of the healthcare industry storing a wealth of critical information and eliminating data-entry errors.
How are barcodes used exactly? Most people have witnessed the workflow first hand, but may not have understood all that was going on every time they lifted their arm to be scanned. Each hospital or healthcare facility will have dedicated barcodes scanners on carts, in each patient room, office, lab, surgical room, and so on. Patients wear wristbands with a barcode printed on them, this barcode holds all of their patient information located within the EHR. Every time a nurse, doctor, or other healthcare professional interacts with the patient they scan the wristband to see their medical history, allergies, time of last dosage, etc. When they go to administer a new IV or medication, they will scan the barcode on the medicine to make sure that it matches with the patient’s information and that there are no conflicts with that particular medicine. This also helps with updating the EHR in real-time eliminating charting errors.
According to Health Management Technology. “When doctors and nurses can work more efficiently and care for patients more thoroughly during their shift, they are saving the hospital time and resources. Additionally, as more and more healthcare practices convert to electronic medical records, barcode solutions eliminate manual data collection and allow all patient information to be easily and instantly collected and recorded electronically, further reducing potential human error.”
As you can imagine it is important for the healthcare facility to carry barcode scanners that are quick, reliable, and will scan any and every barcode with ease. Code barcode readers are used in more hospitals and healthcare facilities in the United States than any other brand. This is all thanks to the powerful decoding algorithm powering Code’s scanning innovation. Code’s technology can scan more than 40 barcode symbologies with zero-miss functionality on any surface – which is mission critical for the healthcare industry. We stand behind, in front, and next to our products, in short, Code barcode readers simply outlast the competition with a warranty exceeding industry norms and extended warranty options that match refresh cycles.
Another factor that is important in the healthcare industry is mobility. A nurse or healthcare professional needs to have the ability to move freely. Code’s spent decades learning and understanding the different healthcare workflows. As a result, the most popular healthcare barcode scanning solutions are the Bluetooth® wireless CR2600 and CR2700 as well as the CortexDecoder software based mobile scanning solution that integrates within a mobile HIS system.
What is a soft-scanning for Mobile HIS?
Many of the major HIS’s have an application (app) version of their HIS that connects in real-time and holds all of the information from the main HIS. Using the app on a phone or tablet turned the EHRs mobile and offered healthcare organizations a more cost-efficient option to many of the patient care workflows.
In the beginning manual data entry errors and inefficiencies plagued the app’s early adaptors. Pitfalls started with gaining quick access to the mobile HIS work environment or finding patients information quickly. The integrations of software-based barcode scanning as a feature within the mobile HIS app delivered the needed functionality that had been missing. The soft-scanning innovation offered, for example, the option to scan a badge to gain instant access to the mobile HIS or scanning a patient wrist band to quickly find any patient information on record. By simply using the camera on their mobile device to capture the valuable barcode data and Code’s powerful barcode scanning algorithm to decode it, healthcare teams now have the mobile enterprise solutions they had been asking for.
Today mobility means carrying a powerful computer in your pocket and soft-scanning integrations offer enterprise-grade barcode scanning with no scanning hardware. Healthcare and IT teams now have a choice when looking at patient workflows and are quickly rethinking the need for all the additional expense of dedicated desktops in patient rooms.
Scanning Software (Soft-Scanning) to the Rescue
You can find integration of Code’s soft-scanning (CortexDecoder) embedded in many of the top mobile healthcare information systems on the market. The Integration of mobile soft-scanning is a huge win for healthcare and the AIDC industry as a whole. If your HIS is missing this valuable barcode scanning feature, we would love to chat and have you explore the different options available. Your healthcare network of users will be grateful and so will their patients.
We are staring at the very real future of enterprise mobile adoption for healthcare information systems. Barcodes and accurate barcode scanning has proven it is essential for efficient, accurate, and safe patient care. Not all software-based barcode scanning is created equal. Enterprise soft-scanning from Code has been engineered to deliver the ability to scan and decode barcodes of any symbology, color, size, or on any surface. Compensating for reflection, low light, or damage Code not only scans a single barcode, but can scan many at the same time depending on workflow needs. Code scanning technology has been the data capture solution for over 20 years in healthcare and will continues to champion innovation far into the future.