Then look no further than the Zebra Food-Safe Card Solution – exactly what Scandic Hotels in Denmark has done.
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Working in close collaboration with Zebra’s lead partner in the Nordics for card solutions, idonline, Scandic has deployed Zebra ZXP Series 1 Printers, together with Zebra True Colours ix Series Card Printer Ribbons and Zebra Food-Safe Cards at all of its hotels across Denmark.
Barcodes have become a universal element on today’s goods and services, allowing quick data acquisition and management, as well as sophisticated tracking and recording. Thanks to their limitless capabilities and versatility, they can be deployed across numerous industries and offer measurable benefits.
It’s hardly a surprise then, that barcodes now play a critical role in one of the most precision-orientated industries: healthcare.
Prescription processing is a huge operation within the healthcare sector. Every year there are approximately one billion prescription items and payments exceed £9billion in the UK alone. As pressure grows on healthcare providers to process an increasing number of prescriptions, healthcare services must strive to achieve efficiency gains in order to satisfy demand, while also maintaining safe delivery of medicines.
Home delivery has made shopping far more convenient – unless, that is, you’re out when the courier calls. While missed first-time drops are a nuisance for consumers, for courier companies they’re a serious issue as delivery costs sky-rocket. And with internet sales growing – warehouses believe they’ll ship 83% more items by 2020 – delivery firms are looking for new ways to get orders into people’s hands more quickly and cost-efficiently.
Achieving flawless fulfilment is top of the priority list for retailers as customer expectations continue to rise. As a result, warehouses are under increasing pressure to improve performance, with 76% planning to ship more items across additional locations by 2020. As retailers sharpen their focus on cost reduction, they must find new ways to maximise efficiency throughout their entire supply chain operations or risk failing behind competitors. Many warehouses have already created extremely sophisticated workflows that appear to offer little room for any substantial improvements in performance. However, advances in technology are enabling retailers to improve the efficiency of their processes and make significant productivity gains.
Mistakes are inevitable and occur throughout all industries, yet errors, such as sampling errors, made within the healthcare sector are particularly serious as they can directly affect a patient’s wellbeing. As demand for healthcare services continues to rise, it’s imperative that processes become more efficient in order to limit mistakes and increase staff productivity. There are also severe financial implications that arise due to poor sampling processes, as the costs of redraws, retesting and additional treatment are substantial.
Despite best efforts, errors in taking samples from patients are difficult to fully eradicate. Wards are extremely busy places and a crisis can happen at any moment, diverting the attention of staff. Added to this are the difficulties associated with the handwritten labelling processes many hospitals still use. Illegibility can cause serious problems when it comes to patient identification and specimen collection, putting patient safety at risk and taking up valuable staff time.