Smartphone-Based Barcode Scanning in the Pharmacy: Accessing Prescription Information

Today we’re excited to begin a series of posts that will take a look at how the healthcare industry is utilizing smartphone-based barcode scanning. We’ll begin today with pharmacy apps, and how identifying prescriptions with the scan of a barcode can empower both pharmacists and patients alike.  Stay tuned for more healthcare-related usage scenarios in the coming weeks.

Identifying Drugs and Drug-Related Information

Healthcare professionals have traditionally used peripheral barcode scanning hardware to identify prescriptions, take inventory, fulfill prescription orders and more. All prescription drugs contain barcodes that enable this seamless identification. With the mobile device explosion of the past decade, durable smartphones have become a more powerful and versatile alternative to peripheral barcode scanning hardware while providing additional functionality at a similar cost. Recently some smartphone case manufacturers have been working to create anti-microbial cases that are well suited for sterile environments. Using a durable and sterile smartphone-based solution, IT managers at healthcare companies and pharmacies can replace expensive peripheral hardware with a simple pharmacy app utilizing Scandit’s unique enterprise-grade barcode scanning technology.

Here are some typical uses for pharmacy apps:

– Scan to confirm a prescription is ready for pickup

– Fulfillment

– Inventory Management

– Accessing useful drug-related information such as drug interactions and side effects

– Prescription Identification

– Prescription Purchasing (Patient use case; depends on country regulations)

Bring Your Own Device to Work: The Future of Enterprise Mobility

Healthcare professionals can capitalize on the BYOD (bring-your-own-device) trend by providing their entire workforce with an app that can be downloaded to their personal devices. Such an app can enable the “occasional scanner,” those employees in your workforce who wouldn’t have otherwise have access to barcode scanner but still could use one from time to time to access information.

Adding Scandit’s Barcode Scanner SDK to a Pharmacy App

The healthcare industry utilizes a variety of barcodes such as UPC-B barcodes (as specified by the US National Drug Code), variations of EAN codes in Europe and micro-Datamatrix codes. Scandit’s enterprise-grade Barcode Scanner SDK can support these barcodes and many more symbologies with ease while providing a unique and smooth user experience. The Scandit Barcode Scanner SDK delivers the speed and accuracy required to bring true enterprise-grade barcode scanning to smartphones and tablets.  For those companies capitalizing on the BYOD trend, Scandit’s cross-platform capabilities and ability to capture barcodes even on devices lacking autofocus make it an indispensable addition to any pharmacy app.  Watch the video to get a sense of the user experience:

 

Developing a Pharmacy App

So you’re convinced, it’s time to build app. What needs to happen next?

1)      Decide if you want to build the app in house or hire a solution provider to build one.

2)      Decided which platforms you’d like the app to run on. If you are considering implementing a BYOD ecosystem plan on having your app support both the Android and iOS platforms.

3)      Assess which systems you need the app to work with. Do you use an Enterprise Electronic Health Record system? How will the app connect to the necessary database?

4)      Identify the features you need, and find the best software components for the job.
(Our Barcode Scanner SDK is perfect for providing enterprise-grade barcode scanning).

5)      Build and test your app (or watch it being built).

6)      Deploy and Enjoy.

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Stay tuned for more usage scenarios including patient care coming soon!