Hospitals and clinics need to be able to efficiently trace medical implants in case of product recall.
Excellent care with compassion.
That is Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (LTH) motto.
To provide this excellent care, LTH needs to ensure the right items are getting to the right patient at its hospitals.
Boasting a record-breaking attendance of over 130,000 medical professionals from across the globe, the 41st Arab Health exhibition and congress was a smashing success. With representatives from more than 4000 companies involved over the 4 days, the event presented attendees with the perfect opportunity to network and discover the latest products, technologies and services in the healthcare industry.
Just over one in every four respondents to a European Commission Survey published this year had experienced an adverse event while under hospital care. Whilst this should be cause for concern in its own right, there has also been a significant increase in the proportion of adverse events reported, rising from 28% in 2009 to 46% in 2014.
Product identification labels are now viewed as a as a critical mechanism for maintaining compliance, ensuring brand consistency, improving operational efficiency, and supporting business growth. They are the final link between your company and key stakeholders including customers, consumers, care givers, patients, and regulators.
The second in a series of blogs taking a closer look at Zebra's 2014 global study, commissioned by Forrester Consulting, on IoT implementation in the enterprise. The series will culminate in a Twitter chat discussing the Internet of Things.
The healthcare industry is constantly looking to adopt advanced technology to provide better care to their patients. According to a survey released by Zebra Technologies last November; one of the biggest technological initiatives currently in the healthcare industry is the Internet of Things (IoT). Nearly 100 percent of surveyed healthcare professionals – 97 percent to be exact - agree that the IoT is the most strategic solutions their organization will undertake this decade.
Tested and proven in over 2,000 locations nationwide, Zebra’s GX420Rx works seamlessly with your hospital’s technology software, and complies with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Tamper Resistant Prescription Law.
When NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, took on his new role in April 2014, he stated that the organisation was facing the biggest challenge in its history because of the squeeze on its budgets, and warned that the next few years would require a significant effort to maintain the highest levels of service and care, and balance the books.
According a recent article in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, “the number of outpatient surgeries grew by 40% over a ten year period …Although nearly two-thirds of U.S. surgeries are performed in the ambulatory setting, little is known about patient safety and care quality in this arena. But that’s quickly changing.”
One of the keys to patient safety, implemented extensively throughout hospitals, is the ability to positively identify patients, primarily through barcoded wristbands. Though these wristbands have not been as widespread in the ambulatory setting, the critical need to increase patient safety in this area of the continuum means that soon patients will receive these identifiers regardless of the time it takes to receive their healthcare.
For quite some time healthcare facilities have been providing positive identification for samples in the laboratory. These IDs are largely in the form of barcoded labels that enable lab staff to easily process samples without incurring misidentifications. However, providing identification through barcoded labels of tissues and samples taken during surgery has not been as common.