NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At this week's 46th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), Cardinal Health launched BarCode360™, a solution that supports hospitals' medication safety initiatives by making it easier, more timely and cost efficient to order medications and ensure more unit-dose medications can be scanned at the patient bedside.
ASHP has set a goal for 75% of U.S. hospitals to fully implement barcode medication administration (BCMA) by 2014, because this process can prevent medication errors by alerting nurses if they are attempting to administer the wrong medication, at the wrong dose, to the wrong patient or at the wrong time.
BarCode360 supports hospital BCMA initiatives by making it easier and more time efficient to ensure more medications are barcoded and packaged at the unit dose level, and scanned at the patient bedside.
Key benefits of BarCode360 include:
"BarCode360 goes beyond barcoding and packaging to bridge the gaps in BCMA to help hospitals optimize patient safety while also improving efficiency," said Jon Giacomin, president, U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution, Cardinal Health. "Our team is committed to collaborating with each hospital's pharmacy, nursing and IT teams to successfully and efficiently integrate BarCode360— so our customers can focus on what matters most— enhancing patient safety."
Attendees of ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting & Exhibition in New Orleans can learn more about BarCode360 by visiting Cardinal Health booth #1431.
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $103 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.
 2015 ASHP Health-System Pharmacy Initiative. http://www.ashp.org/DocLibrary/Policy/2015/2015Goals.aspx. Revised July 2010. Accessed October 20, 2011.
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