New Jersey hospital selects Access wristband bar coding technology

13 March 2013 (Last Updated March 13th, 2013 18:30)

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital in New Jersey, US, has selected wristband bar coding technology from Access for positive patient identification on clinical floors.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital in New Jersey, US, has selected wristband bar coding technology from Access for positive patient identification on clinical floors.

The medical centre supports safe bedside medication verification through Cerner Millennium EMAR, specimen collection and lab work using armbands that print with 2-D bar codes at registration by means of Siemens integration.

"Using the Access patient ID solution alongside our Cerner Millennium application, we're sure we're giving the right doses of the right medications to the right patients at the right time."

Saint Barnabas Medical Center IT director Jaimee Ehrenfried said that the Access system generates bar-coded wristbands with distinctive patient identifiers, adding another level of safety to specimen collection and medication administration processes.

"Using the Access patient ID solution alongside our Cerner Millennium application, we're sure we're giving the right doses of the right medications to the right patients at the right time," Ehrenfried added.

Upon registration of a patient in the Siemens Invision system, exclusive identifiers such as patient account number and medical record number are created by the Access technology for a wristband with a 2-D bar code.

The healthcare provider can scan the patient's wristband using a handheld device to view the medication profile of the patient on a portable or bedside workstation whenever a medication is required, and a similar process is practised with lab specimen collection.

Saint Barnabas IT PM analyst Gabrielle Wolfe praised the support provided by Access, commenting: "When we decided to go with them we were implementing our entire EMR, so having Access follow through on milestones was important. Access nailed project management."