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Barcode scanning is leading to better, more efficient, and safer patient care in the healthcare industry. They are being widely used across the medical sector, from everything including patient’s wristbands, pharmacy inventory, preparation, and dispensing.

However, according to BMJ Quality & Service, more than 237 million medication errors are made in England every year, due to poor medicine stock management and avoidable prescription errors. These avoidable consequences cost the NHS upwards of £98 million and more than 1,700 lives, which could be easily prevented.

We conducted research into prescription management and dispensing in hospitals, pharmacies, and healthcare environments in the UK and discovered that cost savings and patient care could be improved simply by using an effective medicine stock management system, such as our Medicines Inventory Control System (MICS).

An efficient system is one that keeps track of every asset and enables real-time audits. This makes it easier to estimate demand, find out when a product expires and ensure that doctors and clinicians have access to all the prescriptions that patients need.

Medical supplies can be managed by a unique batch number, code, and expiry date. In addition, a medicine stock management system replaces the need for paper-based products.

Medicines Inventory Control System (MICS)

MICS works with Smart Lockers, where each cupboard door can be opened and locked electronically by a control screen with a unique PIN number.

To secure and manage medicine stock, MICS technology is controlled with an app. The database holds all products in use, a photo for ease of identification and a GTIN barcode.

Each product type is allocated to a secure locker or cupboard. When an items is scanned, the correct door opens and can be loaded – this stock is then added to the database.

When it is time to dispense medication, a clinician can request a dispense and are alerted to which cupboard the item is in.

When controlled drugs are dispensed the system requires another authorised person to enter their PIN, keeping track of who prescribed what drugs and authorised them.

Datalogic hand-held scanner products

Datalogic scanners are also perfect for healthcare, for example the QuickScan 2500 is a handheld scanner, which delivers reliable and repeatable performance.

This device sits comfortably in your hand and doesn’t give you fatigue no matter the length of your shift, a factor which is vital for those who work in the hospital and healthcare industry.

The Gryphon 4500 2D series is another great addition to the Datalogic family. All versions of the Gryphon 4500 are made from special materials resistant to harsh chemical cleaning. In addition, the imagers are treated to inhibit bacterial growth on the surface of the device.

The scanner is available in both wired, and wireless options. With no physical contacts present on the body of the device and its charging station, the wireless version can be wiped easily and quickly between shifts.

The Memor 11 is sleek, compact and has a durable design, making it easy to carry and use in a variety of work environments. It is the ideal device for environments where durability is essential. It also offers versatile Smart Battery Management, which allows users to extend battery life up to 20%.

The Memor 20 is perfect for tough, busy work environments. It features Datalogic’s unique Green Spot technology, which provides visual feedback in the nosiest of conditions.

It has a hands-free feature, which allows users to clearly see and prioritise customisable notification alerts and caller ID, without fully interrupting the task at hand.

Further benefits

There are also other ways barcodes can be used to benefit the hospital and healthcare industry, such as through barcode wristbands and patient specimens.

Barcode wristbands don’t just store information but enable information to be presented and recorded in simple formats. This offers a range of benefits, such as improved accuracy and saving time.

In addition, barcode scanners are extremely helpful when scanning and collecting specimen. It can help eliminate labelling errors, while saving time during collections and in the lab. It is an easy-to-use approach and has been proven to work in hundreds of hospitals.

If you have any questions or would like to book a free demo of our MICS system, get in touch with our team at