The American National Standards Institute has approved the Health Industry Bar Code Provider Applications Standard, which recently was enhanced to support in-hospital patient tracking functions.
The standard is a framework for identifying and tracking assets, such as patients, employees, test results and medical records. It can be used in conjunction with the Health Industry Supplier Labeling Standard to track medical products.
The enhanced Visit ID component of the bar code standard aids in identifying and tracking specific episodes of care for each patient, across a facility or campus. The Health Industry Business Communications Council developed the standard, now known as ANSI/HIBC 1.3-2010. More information is available at hibcc.org.
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