"RFID and advanced labeling solutions are becoming critical tools to help hospitals and other providers ensure positive patient identification and automate time-consuming, error-prone manual processes from admissions and the point of care through billing/materials management and discharge", stated Karl Grotheer, manager of financial and administrative systems at Memorial Health in Savannah, Georgia. "The more we're able to cold-feed data directly into our systems using bar-coding and RFID technologies, the faster we can deliver accurate information to our clinicians and administrative personnel."
Advanced labeling solutions such as bar code and RFID tags offer far-reaching benefits to both the clinical and business process sides of health care. Optio Advanced Labeling enables hospital staff to create bar-coded patient identification and RFID labels on demand, whether in the admissions department or at the patient's bedside. These smart labels can be used to track pharmaceuticals between pharmacy and patient, accurately identify lab specimens and biopsy samples, protect infants and Alzheimer's patients by tracking their location, and manage controlled substances, pathogens and other materials that pose a public health risk. The technology is also helping facilities comply with the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) privacy and security rules as well as Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) medication management regulations.
"Advanced Labeling is part of Optio's cost-effective suite of health information management (HIM) solutions that enables health care facilities to improve hospital processes and patient encounters through efficiency", stated Steve Kaye, Optio senior vice president of marketing and product management. "Bar-coding wristbands at the point of admission or using RFID tag readers to track patients can dramatically reduce the amount of time care providers spend on administrative procedures. This time can then be redirected toward the patient. Advanced Labeling allows our health care customers to support a gradual, cost-effective transition to advanced bar-coding and RFID technologies."
Research & Markets expects the RFID industry to grow from a $1,95 billion market in 2005 to $26,9 billion in 2015, according to a June 2005 report. But while other industries such as manufacturing begin to incorporate RFID and bar-code labeling in business processes, health care lags behind.
"With bar-code technology becoming increasingly affordable, it's surprising that only 3 percent of small hospitals are currently bar coding medication", stated Elaine King, RHIA, Optio health care product manager. "Mismedicating patients is one of the leading causes of accidental death in a hospital setting. Bar codes and RFID technology could significantly reduce this risk."
In addition to Advanced Labeling, HIMSS attendees can also view demonstrations of MedEx and MedForms, Optio's forms automation solutions, as well as QuickRecord, a subscription-based electronic health record system, and Optio Patient Signature Capture, an e-signature solution that integrates with any EHR system.
More than 700 health care organisations use Optio forms automation and electronic health record solutions to reduce costs, streamline document-driven processes and improve patient safety. More than 5000 companies use Optio solutions to achieve unprecedented speed, accuracy, functionality and quality in their inbound and outbound document processes and extend their enterprise resource planning (ERP) and hospital information systems (HIS) applications. Founded in 1981, Optio Software maintains world headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Paris and sales offices in Germany and the United Kingdom. More company news can be found in the VMW February 2006 article Alaska Open Imaging Center and Fleming County Hospital select Optio Healthcare Solutions.