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Barcode-Enabled Technology

Use and optimization of barcode-enabled technology in medication-use and healthcare systems

Statements and Guidelines

Statement on Bar-Code Enabled Medication Administration Technology [PDF] ASHP

Statement on Bar-Code Verification During Inventory, Preparation, and Dispensing of Medications [PDF] ASHP



Assessment of technician barcode scanning verification compared to pharmacist verification

Preparing challenging medications for barcode scanning

Development of a training program for bar-code-assisted medication administration in inpatient pharmacy

Program to improve bar-code print quality

Cost-benefit analysis of a hospital pharmacy bar code solution

General Inpatient Units

Barcode medication administration implementation in the operating room

Using a bar-coded medication administration system to prevent medication errors in a community hospital network

Critical Care Units and Emergency Medicine

Effect of barcode-assisted medication administration on emergency department errors

Efficiency Analysis of a barcode-enabled and integrated medication tracking system

Risk of adverse drug events in neonates treated with opioids and the effect of a bar-code-assisted medication administration system

Effect of bar-code-assisted medication administration on medication administration errors and accuracy in multiple patient care areas

Effect of bar-code-assisted medication administration on medication error rates in an adult medical intensive care unit

Overcoming Barriers

Mediation of adoption and use: A key strategy for mitigating unintended consequences of health IT implementation

Overcoming barriers to the implementation of a pharmacy bar code scanning system for medication dispensing: A case study

Workarounds to Barcode Medication Administration Systems: Their Occurrences, Causes, and Threats to Patient Safety

Improving the bar-coded medication administration system at the Department of Veterans Affairs

Bar Code Medication Administration Technology: Characterization of High-Alert Medication Triggers and Clinical Workarounds

Methodologies for sustaining barcode medication administration compliance: a multi-disciplinary approach

Nursing Impact

Study of nurse workarounds in a hospital using bar code medication administration system

Modeling nurses’ acceptance of bar coded medication administration technology at a pediatric hospital

Effect of bar-code-assisted medication administration on nurses’ activities in an intensive care unit: a time-motion study


That’s nice, but what does IT do? Evaluating the impact of bar coded medication administration by measuring changes in the process of care

Telepharmacy and bar-code technology in an IV chemotherapy admixture area

Quality-monitoring program for bar-code-assisted medication administration

Bar-code medication administration system for anesthetics: Effects on documentation and billing

Severity of medication administration errors detected by a bar-code medication administration system

Other Resources

GS1 Healthcare US

IHI: Improve Core Processes for Administering Medications

AHRQ: Using Barcode Medication Administration to Improve Quality and Safety

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