SimDay adds wristband printing, pre-admission module
Advanced Computer Software Supplies (ACSS) has partnered with Zebra Technologies to integrate specialised printers that can automatically print patient wristbands that comply with national standards, and is also working on a pre-admission module for its SimDay private and day hospital patient management system.
Integration with Zebra will mean wristbands can be generated directly from the printer and secured to the patient's wrist without having to use plastic wristbands or print labels to attach to them.
Adam Hartikainen, sales and marketing manager for SimDay, said the Zebra wristbands are made of lightweight, soft direct thermal polypropylene with an adhesive closure that allows admissions staff to print the wristband and attach it directly to the patient.
They comply with standards developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) to ensure only the most important information is printed on the wristband and to reduce the amount of colour-coding, which in the past has led to confusion and patient misidentification.
“The standards are based on design requirements developed by the National Patient Safety Agency in the UK, which set new requirements due to the amount of patients being mistreated because of incorrect information or colour coding of wristbands,” Mr Hartikainen said.
“They came up with a requirement to have a basic white wristband with minimal information on it, limited to the patient’s name, date of birth and medical record number. If absolutely necessary, a red wristband can be used to flag alerts such as allergies, but no information regarding those alerts can be added to the wristbands.”
ACSS is also increasing its barcoding capability and has released a scanning component into SimDay that allows users to print out patient forms with the patient's identification embedded in the barcode.
“They can then be easily scanned into the patient's record and we will also be including barcode technology on wristbands,” Mr Hartikainen said. “We have the facility to do it now so it will be released in the very near future.”
New scanning capability available in the latest release of SimDay includes the ability to scan in any clinical forms straight into the patient's record. The technology can also import Word documents and images, he said.
ACSS, which also markets the eClaims system for general practice and allied health, is currently working on the final stages of a pre-admission patient portal to allow patients to upload their demographic and clinical information prior to admission to hospital.
“It is a way of ensuring a smoother admission for the patient as all of those details are verified beforehand,” Mr Hartikainen said. “It allows hospitals to provide a better overall experience to the patient and it will save the administration staff a lot of time in creating patient records.”
He said ACSS was building the technology itself and would release it early in the new year.
ACSS has also just released version 1.91.11 of eClaims, which includes the November MBS fee update.
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