Hospital to Use Barcode System to Keep Track of Patient Records
The University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital started to use an electronic barcode system that will help track patients medical records and hopes to improve management. Each patient in the hospital’s inpatient department has a unique number and a two dimensional barcode wrapped around their wrist. Medical employees can then use scanners to access the information that are store in the barcodes.
Patients are required to register at the hospital with their own medical card and the barcode system will provide them with their own number code that can be used for tracking down from registration, treatment and payment for discharge from the hospital. These patients usually receive treatments that will be based on the numbers found on their ID number. The barcode system was placed on use last January after a six months of development and will provide an accurate information on the patients and will also prevent the medical insurance cards to be improperly used by other people especially family members.
Before the system was implemented around 1.57 percent of the patients are sharing medical cards, and since the implementation of the bar code system the rate dropped down to 0.1 percent. Patients coming in for treatment are asked to present their ID cards when registering for treatment, but still some are using cards of their relatives in accessing medical insurance to save costs, others don’t provide IDs due to privacy concerns or errors when registering.
The barcode system can also allow the eight hospital departments, from health centers, inpatient departments and clinics to share information on patients and will greatly improve their medical efficiency.