An accelerated trend toward reducing administrative costs while improving the quality of care are driving the widespread adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems at hospitals nationwide. To this end, bar code-based systems are proven in their ability to boost the accuracy of patient records, minimize errors, and enhance the overall safety of care.
When evaluating a patient wristbanding solution, the most critical consideration for IT decision-makers is its impact on patient safety. We’ve also explored business and performance issues such as the wristbanding solution’s total cost of ownership—including cost of hardware and supplies and ease of integration and support—and its ease and efficiency of use by staff. Now let’s take a look at the final consideration, patient comfort.
Consideration #4: Patient Comfort
When choosing a patient wristband solution, IT decision-makers need to consider the differences between thermal and laser printers, and the printers’ effect on efficiency.
Consideration #3: Ease of Use and Process Efficiency
Implementing the IT portion of health care reform is more than just digitizing and securing patient records. The real benefits come from streamlining workflows and reducing administrative overheard—with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of care and patient safety. Doing so requires that all steps in the health care process, from patient check-in, administration, to the actual point of care are efficient and accurate.
Manual Data Management Increases Errors and Costs
It’s critical for IT decision-makers to consider the impact of their patient wristbanding solution choice on patient safety. It is also important to consider total cost of ownership, including cost of hardware and supplies. Today, in Part 2 of Total Cost of Ownership, we explore the effect of ease of integration and support on total cost of ownership …
Consideration #2: Total Cost of Ownership—IT Integration & Support
It’s critical for IT decision-makers to consider the impact of their patient wristbanding solution choice on patient safety, as we recently discussed. It is also important to consider business and performance issues such as cost of ownership.
Consideration #2: Total Cost of Ownership—Hardware & Supplies Costs
A well-known procedure to avoid medical errors is to verify the ”Five Rights” of medication administration:
Right Patient. Right Drug. Right Amount. Right Route. Right Time.
When evaluating a patient wristbanding solution, sure, it’s important for IT decision-makers to consider business and performance issues such as cost of ownership, ease and efficiency of use by staff, and comfort for the patient. But let’s start with the most critical consideration—the impact of your choice on patient safety!
Consideration #1: Enhancing Patient Safety
The main patient safety goal of many hospitals has always been to “improve the accuracy of patient identification,” mostly with bar coding solutions.
But before deciding which specific solution you should purchase—make sure your hospital’s bar coding vision is clear! Otherwise you might end up purchasing products that are not user-friendly, are not integrated well enough, or are just work-arounds and are never used.