The business definition of credentialing is “the process by which the eligibility of a person for a particular job or task is established by determining if the person has the specified qualifications and fulfils the defined requirements (1).” In the healthcare industry, credentialing is determining whether an individual or “vendor” is legitimate and if they have the authority to enter the facility’s grounds for the purpose of providing a value added product or service.
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Healthcare Meets a Mobile Revolution
With forward thinking ingenuity, and patient care as a priority, Rush University Hospital, a Chicago-based academic health system set out to improve the health of their patients and the diverse communities they serve. One of the first items on their list was to find the most efficient mobile solution to improve the varied prescribed medication process with accurate patient identification at the point of care. Shedding bulky sleds and additional scanning hardware, Rush incorporated enterprise-grade barcode scanning mobility, the first of its kind in healthcare, into their workflow using nurse favored and requested iOS devices.
When someone talks about "barcode scanning" in general, it has always meant hardware that is specialized for particular barcode types (1D, 2D, DPM, etc...) and for industries like healthcare, manufacturing, industrial, logistics, government, and others. Depending on the workflow complexity, this could even mean that there may be a need for more than one type of barcode scanner. Costs can start to exponentially climb when upgrades are needed, products are EOL'd, or their life-cycles simply come to a sad and damaged end.
Barcode scanners and healthcare go hand in hand. A lot like peas and carrots or Sonny and Cher. Supporting role aside, barcode scanning has the outstanding ability to make healthcare’s leading performance even better. How you might ask? By reducing if not eliminating ADEs (adverse drug events) increasing patient safety and eliminating transcription errors. Government mandates have made data capture solutions a necessary part of each healthcare facility’s operation. Aside from regulations, data capture solutions ensure patient safety through iterative checks and documentation. Unique identifiers (barcodes) are attached to patients, medications, equipment, and pretty much every item located in a healthcare setting for track and trace purposes. Additionally, cleaning, inventory, and hospitality crews use data capture solutions to track room cleanings and patient nutrition. Those little barcodes have a very big job.