Guest Column | September 30, 2013

Four AIDC Opportunities In The Healthcare Industry

By Doug Niemeyer, Director of Sales, TEKLYNX

In the world of healthcare, patient safety is the top priority. There are many risks in healthcare environments resulting from human error — whether it be in the process of manufacturing drugs or devices, shipping supplies, identifying the correct drug and/or the correct patient, or distributing medications and conducting procedures. By automating aspects of these processes, the risk of human error decreases while patient safety increases.

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) refers to automatically identifying objects, collecting data about those objects and entering the data into a computer system — which ultimately minimizes human interaction. AIDC involves the use of barcodes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other innovative technologies.

According to VDC Research’s 2012 barcode vendor analysis, revenue in healthcare services is expected to grow 15.4 percent from 2011 to 2016, increasing the available budget to implement AIDC solutions — and your opportunity to sell them. Here are four current opportunities to sell AIDC solutions in the healthcare market.

  1. Increase In Governmental Regulations And Mandates
    There is a growing need to maintain compliance with developing regulations and mandates for pharmaceutical labeling (21 CFR Part 11), hazardous chemical labeling (Globally Harmonized System of Classification (GHS)) and medical device identification (Unique Device Identification (UDI)). Protecting patient confidentiality and safety, increased accuracy, and enhanced reliability of healthcare providers are motivating adoption of secure AIDC solutions. VDC Research 2012 end user analysis states this could drive increased implementation and usage of barcode solutions both in healthcare organizations and the enterprises that sell their devices or supplies to healthcare providers.

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