A Brief Note On Bar Code Technology On A New Electronic Health Record System

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Initializing Bar Code Technology in a New Electronic Health Record System
Alizabeth Madison
Liberty University

Implementing Bar Code Technology in a New Electronic Health Record System
“The United States based Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported in 1999 that at least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented…” (Anonymous, 2015). When faced with more than a singular sentinel event related to medication administration errors, the organization must begin to look into why this happened and what can be done to prevent any more errors from occurring. Implementing new bar code technology into a new electronic health record (EHR) system can dramatically reduce the number of errors made by healthcare providers. In order to implement a new system; several steps must occur. An informatics nurse plays a vital role in not only the design of new program interfaces, but in developing educational programs for the new systems. Not all studies have shown that implementing a new bar coding system can be beneficial to healthcare providers, though.
Assessment and Framework Assessing the situation is the first step in implementing a new system. Knowing where the errors have occurred is a must in knowing what needs improved. In this instance, there have been two sentinel events surrounding the usage of the current electronic health record (EHR) and medication administration.…
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