Mobile devices have not only changed the way we communicate but the way we live our lives. They are our calendars, calculators, notepads, navigation devices, pedometers, budget organizers and so much more. The technology that can fit in our pockets is progressing to a point where we start to wonder, what can’t our mobile devices do?
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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.