26 Mar 2019

Healthcare: Thermal Printing Solutions

While there is a seemingly infinite number of new technologies from which to choose, healthcare providers are looking to invest in technologies that decrease errors, increase efficiency and boost patient satisfaction.

Healthcare: Thermal Printing Solutions

Source: Source Technologies, LLC

While there is a seemingly infinite number of new technologies from which to choose, healthcare providers are looking to invest in technologies that decrease errors, increase efficiency and boost patient satisfaction.

In the healthcare industry, where mistakes can be life-threatening, a system of checks and balances is critical. Ensuring medical professionals can trust their processes and focus on providing the quality of care that drew them into the field of medicine is easier than ever with the right technology.

While there is a seemingly infinite number of new technologies from which to choose, healthcare providers are looking to invest in technologies that decrease errors, increase efficiency and boost patient satisfaction.

For physicians’ offices, testing laboratories and hospitals the ability to accurately capture and track data is essential. Human error can hinder information that is collected at various points throughout treatments and procedures, from the creation of a patient file label to the identification of a specimen collection. When it comes to dispensing medication, alleviating mistakes is crucial to upholding the “five rights” of medication administration and patient safety. Additionally, many facilities struggle with the tracking of medical equipment and, as a result, valuable resources are called in to help locate an item and identify to which department or location it belongs.

Implementation of thermal barcode printing solutions for the automatic capture and tracking of information significantly reduces manual data collection and distribution inaccuracies. With a multitude of applications, barcode printers can simplify and improve processes in many healthcare environments:

  • Front office co-payment receipts
  • Labeling of patient records
  • Patient wristbands
  • Specimen labels
  • Equipment tracking/asset management
  • Medication identification and administration

Furthermore, the security offered with direct thermal printers is highly preferred within the healthcare industry due to HIPAA compliance considerations, since direct thermal printers (as opposed to thermal transfer models) do not use a ribbon which leaves an impression of the printed information behind.

Barcode printing solutions can dramatically reduce inflamed healthcare costs caused by errors in medical record keeping, inappropriate or insufficient care, and incomplete information.