Patient ID & Tracking

 

In healthcare institutions both large and small, the importance of ensuring positive patient identification (PPI) must not be ignored. Whether you run a nursing or care home, work from an ambulatory clinic, or are responsible for patient identification in a primary care hospital – a patient identification and tracking solution from VisionID will help your healthcare facility run more smoothly.

Additionally, it will assist you in providing for two of your primary concerns, including your organizational liability as the director of a healthcare facility, and the safety of your patients.

 

Healthcare Administration – Your Responsibility

As a healthcare administrator, you’ll know these two areas of concern feed into each other. If your facility is found to be operating with a lack of organisational responsibility, several events could occur:

You could be held liable for damages, which could result in noncompliance charges, a damaged reputation, and increased insurance rates.

Patients will suffer due to disorganised care, untimely treatment, medication administering, and even missed meals

Of course, no medical facility can operate without well-trained staff, who understand and implement the five patient rights of medical administration.

  • Right patient
  • Right drug
  • Right time
  • Right dose
  • Right route

However, to minimise human error and display high standards of efficiency, a PPI solution from VisionID will help in elevating the abilities of your staff to hit those five requirements every single time.

 

How does a Patient ID and Tracking solution work?

Patient ID and Tracking solutions from VisionID combine several technologies to create a bespoke system designed for your healthcare organisation.

Patients can be issued wristbands containing vital information which is centralised on a secure database accessible throughout the facility. These wristbands can either be barcoded, or labelled with RFID tags for non-contact, automated data retrieval. This removes the need for manual data entry by automating the data capture process – this in turn ensures data quality across the entire facility.

Barcode wristbands require printers, and the blank wristbands themselves; both of which VisionID can supply for organisations of every size. For ambulatory practices, mobile wristband printers can be installed in the vehicle for enhanced patient care at the scene of an accident, for example. In organisations such as care homes or primary outpatient wards, desktop printers like the Zebra HC100 can be employed for quick and accurate admission of large volumes of patients.

Similarly, wristbands with implanted RFID tags offer automatic patient identification and provide an opportunity for immediate and non-contact status updates.

Both types of wristband labelling enhance patient care, offer real-time tracking capabilities, and reduce medical errors by ensuring the right patient receives treatment at the right time.

 

What does a Patient ID and Tracking solution include?

VisionID are experts in putting systemic solutions together for healthcare facilities of all sizes and needs. Although each organisation will vary in terms of required products, there are a few staples that will greatly enhance your existing patient tracking and identification systems, if you don’t already use them. They are as follows:

Mobile Computers/Handheld Devices

For nurses, doctors, and other medical staff, mobility is crucial for completing daily tasks. Many of their everyday commitments will require immediate and accurate data retrieval on point-of-contact, meaning they must be able to access the central system with ease.

VisionID supplies the TC51-HC Touch computer from Zebra, a clinical, smartphone sized mobile computer. It features barcode imaging for immediate patient identification and updates, an ergonomic design for optimum portability, and support for the latest EMR nursing applications.

Wristband Systems

To ensure consistency in Patient ID and Tracking throughout your organisation, implementing a wristband system will allow for real-time tracking, accurate patient information, and more immediate decision-making.

VisionID supplies Zebra’s HC100 Printer Wristbands, which are MR-safe and scannable up to 14 days, promoting quality patient care and safety. They also feature a silver antimicrobial protective coating and are quick and easy to print and fasten.

The DS8100-HC Barcode Scanner for Healthcare from Zebra is optimised for providing efficient and effective healthcare. It links to Wi-Fi networks by going cordless and can capture over 75,000 barcodes in a single charge.

Wireless Infrastructure (WLAN)

In the medical sector, immediate access to sensitive data is the crux of determining patient care and success. VisionID can install Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) technology across organisations of all sizes, so your staff can access your internal systems immediately and from any location.

The Zebra RFS7000 Wireless Switch comes as part of an integrated WLAN system. It features load balance and clustering, and comprehensive security at various levels, which is ideal for large organisations.

Additionally, it can handle over 9,000 mobile devices at any one time and will integrate seamlessly with any RFID tagging systems you have in place.

Label Printers

Labelling in a healthcare organisation can involve anything from identifying tools and equipment, to ensuring medication is being distributed correctly. Having the capacity to print high-quality labels, some of which will need to be barcode integrated, is an essential part of any basic Patient Tracking and ID solution.

For larger applications, the Zebra ZT420 is an exceptionally fast choice which can handle 6 inch label widths, as well as banners, pallet labels, and container labels.

For smaller facilities, or those focused mainly on printing smaller labels like wristbands or tagging, the Zebra ZT410 industrial label printer features RFID encoding for UHF applications, high print speeds, and can handle a variety of media rolls.

Patient ID and Tracking Solutions from VisionID

Implementing a successful Patient Tracking and Identification solution takes liaising with a VisionID expert, who will conduct an audit on your situation, considering:

  • Existing hardware technology
  • Existing WLAN/LAN capabilities

We can then recommend a tailored solution for your healthcare organisation, which we will install and help set up, to reduce downtime across the facility. Take a look at our work with University Hospital Waterford, where our implementation of a barcode system saved valuable time at a busy facility.

Get in touch with the VisionID team today for further information on implementing barcoded wristband technology into your current PPI system, on +353 (0)52 618 1858 or at info@visionid.ie.

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