Automated Mobile Solution for Taking Biological Samples
According to new French regulation directives governing medical biology laboratories (NF EN ISO 15189), between now and 2016 hospitals and biology laboratories will have to computerise their systems for issuing prescriptions with the aim of ending the practice of rewriting prescriptions. The ultimate objective is to reduce errors, safeguard confidentiality and increase information security relating to procedures for taking biological samples.
Avignon Hospital Centre, with 911 beds and a staff of 3,000, has for several years been renowned for the innovative and dynamic operation of its IT Systems Department. Hélène Sol, Head of the Avignon Hospital Centre’s IT Systems Department, was chosen as ‘IT Department Manager 2011’ by 01 Informatique magazine. Avignon Hospital Centre has pioneered the implementation of an IT solution that is fully integrated with the laboratory for issuing prescriptions, as well as for carrying out biological procedures.
How to standardise requirements in an innovative, effective and economical way. The Avignon Hospital Centre has researched and implemented a laboratory prescription solution which not only meets the challenge of automation required by law, but also the need for mobility which has been acknowledged as a priority area by Avignon Hospital’s IT Board. The project’s performance has also been evaluated by the ANAP (National Performance Support Agency) and Avignon Hospital Centre has applied, with 3 other healthcare institutions, to take part in a pilot which involves drafting a ‘guide for setting and monitoring performance indicators for IT projects in the healthcare sector. Consequently the hospital had to find an alternative solution to the writing and printing of prescriptions on paper at the patient’s bedside, thereby providing many benefits both to the patient to the hospitals’ medical team.
Zebra Technologies QL 220 printers mounted on trolleys,providing both mobility and efficiency. The solution involved the customisation of trolleys for nurses and doctors. The trolley has a portable 17” Wi-Fi computer installed, running the hospitals’ “Cyberlab” laboratory prescription software, acting as both a results server and a laboratory prescription tool for the various departments. The nurses’ trolleys have a slide-out drawer for the computer and a holder for the Zebra mobile barcode printer.
The mobile trolley is completely standalone and has been designed to enable nurses to print out labels, and validate a patients’ medical prescription before taking the sample. The Zebra QL 220 mobile printer was selected for its compact, hand-held size, ease of use and a battery life of several days. The solution guarantees a fast turnaround between taking and analysing the sample and has been in use since January 2010. Currently 60% of the hospitals’ departments use the device equating to 148 portable micro-computers and Zebra mobile printers.
• Reduce examinations by 12-16% by eliminating the need for repeat procedures
• Automation of the prescription chain has reduced the risk of error to almost zero
The software is connected to the hospitals’ Laboratory Management System (LMS) which numbers the sample as soon as it is validated by the nurse, then prints the corresponding barcode labels which in turn correspond with the relevant patient’s prescription. The complete automation of this process has significantly reduced errors to almost zero.
Improved sampling procedures
A real time-saving can be achieved by labelling the tubes when the samples are taken, which means that there is no need to re-label them in the laboratory. The barcode label guarantees traceability of information, from taking the samplesto giving the results.
Comfort and efficiency
Patients benefit from the faster time taken for sampling procedures as the results of analysis are generated more quickly. Healthcare staff also benefitbecause practices are standardised across departments, enabling improved information sharing. This smooth information flow simplifies activities significantly, saves time and thereby reduces patient stress. Doctors also benefit from having the results displayed on computers almost in real time, making it easier to monitor patients.
Financial savings for the hospital
Reducing errors, streamlining procedures and the number of examinations allow real savings to be made on laboratory procedures. This reduction is between 12-16% of all procedures at Avignon Hospital Centre since the solution was implemented.
Tablets in the Health Care Industry
The use of computer tablets within healthcare is changing the way clinicians, nurses, pharmacists and administrators work. This technology is allowing healthcare professionals far greater mobility when delivering clinical services to their patients. Tablets allow information to be securely delivered to anywhere where a decision maker needs it, and staff no longer need to return to a desktop or laptop computer to access vital information.
Hospital staff move around the busy hospital, going from one patient ward to another, as well as visiting many departments. Historically, electronic health records were accessed using the cumbersome computer on wheels (or COW), however the development of Tablet Computers means that hospital staff now have a far more portable and flexible way of working. The Casio V-T500 tablet offers a compact and portable solution that will change the way in which hospital staff can work as they can now move around freely referring to electronic health records as they go.
Within the local GP surgery, doctors, nurses and support staff benefit from using the Casio V-T500 tablet. Vital statistics such as blood test results, temperature and eCG readings are easily recorded and shared with the patient and other GP medical staff. Medical recordsand images can be viewed on the large 10.1 inch lCD screen, making patient interaction effortless. Prescriptions can be raised and requests for follow-on treatment from specialist consultants, physiotherapists and community nurses can all be organised.
Within Dental Practices there are many uses for handheld Tablets throughout the surgery, office and waiting room. Using a Tablet will enhance both the patient and staff experience by simplifying record-keeping, showcasing treatment options, demonstrating videos of procedures and presenting X-rays.
Casio V-T500 Tough Tablet
Key features and benefits:
• At only 780g and less than 15mm thick it is lightweight, compact and easy to use.
• With an extensive battery life of approximately 10 hours, ideal for long shifts and multiple users
• Spare battery that can easily be replaced while the used one is charging
• The 10.1inch touch panel is resistant to 1m drops on concrete and IP54 rated enables it to be splash and dust proof
• Fully integrated contact-less smart card reader/ writers enables secure staff log-in
• Wireless laN connectivity for information sharing.
• Docking cradle available for charging and ethernet connection as well as a convenient storage location for when the Tablet is not in use
• USB client/host and bluetooth allows for connectivity to external devices such as label printers
• Car charging option allows the V-T500 to be charged when users are on the move
• Disinfectant resistant – providing a hygienic solution for healthcare environment
AC200 Pharmaceutical Solution
ADC Barcode is proud to announce the launch of our new pharmacy pouch printing solution – the AC2000.
The AC2000 is stack to stack feeding system, that prints cartons with 2D data-matrix barcodes and associated alpha/numeric information.
This solution heavily reduces the need for pre-printed cartons in pharmaceutical companies, as it allows batch numbers and dates to be printed on thin materials at a high pace, without compromising the material.
Continuous operation gives very high throughput rates at deceptively low machine speeds. This machine has a horizontal bed and can be fitted with a wide range of coding, marking, and labelling technologies as well as post-print inspection systems.