Barcoding’s Solutions for Psychiatric Facilities
Barcoding, Inc., designs, develops, and supports barcode and RFID (radio frequency identification) systems ideal for helping psychiatric increase accuracy, efficiency, and accountability from the back end to the bedside. Barcoding’s experts can customize a solution to meet your needs, whether you are looking to control access within your facility, better manage inventory, or ensure proper medication distribution at the point of care.
- Access Control Solutions
- Inventory Management Solutions
- Fixed Asset Management Solutions
- Hospital Admission Solutions
- Point of Care Solutions
- Label Printing Solutions
- Wireless Connection (RF) and Batch Collection Solutions
Access Control Solutions
Barcode systems are often used to help psychiatric facilities not only track employee time and attendance, but also to promote building security. Manage security authorization to certain parts of your buildings and monitor who enters and exits your facilities with ID cards that are equipped with either magnetic stripes on the back, or a barcode on the front.
Also, wirelessly track patient movement by installing an RFID chip into a bracelet. This is a critical to facilities in which the safety of the patient and the public can be jeopardized if the patient’s whereabouts are not known at all times.
Inventory Management Solutions
Reduce time-consuming, error-prone data entry with Barcoding’s inventory control solutions. By using barcode data collection software and mobile terminals, staff can better manage inventory, track equipment in use, and make sure that the right supplies are delivered to patients on time.
Inventory Control Applications:
- Stockroom: Ensure the optimal inventory level of consumable items, such as medications and supplies, in your stockroom. Learn more about stockroom inventory management.
- Check in/Check out Situations: Track items that will be shared or re-used over longer periods of time, such as X-rays, MRI results, diagnostic tools and other medical equipment. Learn more about check in/out inventory management.
Fixed Assets Management Solutions
Although fixed assets are typically stationary, staff must still keep an accurate inventory of these items, which include medical equipment, computers, televisions, chairs, and beds. Barcoding’s data capture technology can help automate and expedite fixed asset management. For example, using a rugged, handheld device, workers can easily scan barcodes on these objects, run a report of all items in the office, and quickly see if anything is missing or has been moved. Plus, instantaneously generate financial reports that indicate the depreciation of your assets over time.
Hospital Admission Solutions
Barcoding technology can facilitate the hospitals admissions process. When a patient is admitted, nurses can record the patient’s information via a Barcoding application on a handheld computer or laptop, and instantly create barcoded wristbands with a mobile printer. As the patient wears the wristband throughout a hospital stay, medical personnel can instantly access critical patient information, such as insurance and health records, with a simple scan of the wristband’s barcode.
Then, when patient is ready to leave the facility, barcode scanning technology can be used at bedside, the discharge office, or via mobile cart to record the discharge and transmit billing notification to the main system. Certain devices can also be equipped to accept co-pays in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Additional applications that can be integrated include alerting nurses of newly opened beds, scheduling patients’ follow-up visits, or setting/modifying billing information.
Point of Care Solutions
Expand patient care and security at the bedside with fixed and/or portable batch/wireless data collection devices. By scanning a barcode on the patient’s wristband, then chart, nurses and staff can verify the patient’s identity prior to viewing and updating medical charts, checking vital signs, inserting notes, and using cross-checking tools.
When distributing medication, the nurse once again scans the patient’s wristband and chart, and then scans a barcode on the medication. A mobile connection to the hospital’s database, allows staff to reduce the possibility of a medical mistake through improperly administered drugs. This application can be implemented utilizing mobile med-carts, equipped with PDAs/pentabs/laptops, scanners and printers, as well as a med tray for multi-patient administration at floor-level. At this stage, a running record is created for future reference of each dispensation of medication.
Label Printing Solutions
More accurately tracking notes, charts, and film by affixing a barcode label to each document. Print your own, customizable labels and ID bracelets on demand with Barcoding’s label printing applications (with barcodes and/or RFID chips) in the following areas:
- Inventory labels
- Fixed asset labels
- Patient wristband bracelets
- Patient charts
- Lab documents
- Lab results
- Test tubes & vials
- X-rays/MRI film
- IV bags
Wireless Connection (RF) and Batch Collection Solutions
Either performed with a wireless connection (RF) or through batch collection, data collection with portable terminals can help you perform tasks including inventory control and bedside operations. Because different hospitals and healthcare facilities have many different needs in which either collection methods are most appropriate, Barcoding allows users to easily create their own custom solution. Once the data have been collected, it is uploaded directly back into the ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) database. Companies have developed handheld applications for existing inventory, security, and route accounting databases. It is possible to integrate both batch and wireless applications within your facility.
- Batch data collection refers to types of applications in which information is collected and stored on a handheld terminal. After the work is complete, the handheld is placed into a docking cradle, and the information is uploaded all at once into the host application. Batch solutions are ideal for intensive scanning applications where the collected data is not needed immediately.
- Wireless data collection, or RF data collection, though more expensive to implement than batch, will provide you with updated information instantaneously. This can be important when the information is time sensitive and needs to be updated constantly.