The pandemic is still a major focus for healthcare organizations. The sudden increase in patients has forced many hospitals to treat them in non-traditional areas.
One of these was UCSF. Earlier this year, it deployed Epic Rover (with Scandit’s barcode scanning SDK). Notably, this was achieved in just 14-days – from the decision to implementation.
In our recent webinar – How UCSF Deployed A Smartphone Solution – UCSF explained how it deployed Epic Rover. It also laid out what it learned, and how barcode scanning enabled smartphones are helping its nursing staff.
Here are some of the highlights:
What Challenges Came With The Existing Barcode Solutions
Barcode scanning is common in most hospitals. However, in most cases, the tools to do this are the same as when the practice was first introduced.
Many hospitals are still using workstations on wheels or bulky dedicated barcode scanners. In the meantime, another technological advance has come about in the last 10 years. These days, many nurses are already carrying a high-powered device – a smartphone.
Operational Difficulties Prior To Implementing A Smartphone Solution
With the onset of the pandemic, many hospitals looked at utilizing non-regular patient care areas including hallways and even parking lots.
But this one solution creates another problem in terms of nursing mobility. Location is crucial for many dedicated hospital barcode scanning devices.
Many use a wired connection or Bluetooth. This can cause all sorts of issues and means the nurses have to go to the scanner, rather than the other way around.
A Major Issue With Mobile Dedicated Barcode Scanners
Charging is necessary for any mobile device. If a nurse is working on a pediatric ward then the focus is going to be on the children they are caring for. They are not always going to remember to dock a dedicated device.
This is not an issue with a smartphone.
A Barcode Scanning Solution Can Be Implemented In Weeks Not Months
IT projects can sometimes take months. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this case, UCSF introduced Epic Rover and a barcode scanning solution to its nursing staff in less than 14 days.
Here UCSF talks about another important component of the rollout – getting barcode scanning up and running. Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK is enabled and configured by EPIC. So authorized clinicians can get immediate access to barcode scanning workflows when they have our license keys.
Roadmap To Successful User Onboarding And Adoption
2 Minutes 20 Seconds
The workflow can be incredibly complicated when considering all the use cases generally found within a hospital. UCSF explains the roadmap and how it introduced Epic Rover with barcode scanning to its nursing staff.
Surprising Benefits Of Bringing In Epic Rover
1 Minute 50 Seconds
Epic Rover and barcode scanning bring more mobility for nurses and as a result, better patient care. Here UCSF runs through some of them as well as the overall success of being able to deploy in such a short period of time.
Taking Modern Mobility Into Nursing
Right now, many healthcare providers are turning existing smartphones into enterprise-grade barcode scanners.
There are many benefits to doing this, here are just a few:
- One scanning device per user. So it only needs to be sterilized at the end of a shift.
- Enterprise-grade barcode scanning that can be integrated into a smartphone with Epic Rover. This means it can easily perform tasks like barcode medication administration.
- Simple to integrate. A smartphone scanning technology can be activated in Epic Rover. Scanning immediately.
Now is the time to move away from barcode scanners connected to ‘workstations on wheels’ and dedicated devices that need charging.
For more, see Manifesto for Modern Mobility in Nursing.