Increasing Patient Safety Through Accurate Patient Identification
With Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) safety requirements today, taking the proper steps to ensure and increase patient safety is a MUST for every hospital and healthcare facility.
Implementing a bar coding system provides solutions to a wide variety of obstacles many hospitals and other healthcare facilities often face. A patient’s information can be put in the form of a mere ID number that when scanned displays information assigned to that specific number. Utilizing bar codes provides a means of accessing a patient’s medical records and information easily and instantaneously but, at the same time, gives the patient the privacy they desire. Bar coding can also be used to satisfy some Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy requirements.