Tracking supplies in a healthcare environment October 18th, 2018

Tracking supplies in a healthcare environment

Mobile computers, barcode scanners and printers are often used in healthcare settings for supply chain and management workflows. After all, maintaining, distributing, and tracking medical supplies and inventory is critical for patient care.

Honeywell leads the way in leveraging new technologies that have been developed for warehouse environments for healthcare applications. What’s more, Honeywell data collection tools can help your customers ensure that their hospital supply chain workflows are efficient and productive.

Mobile computers for healthcare

It will come as no surprise to hear that mobile handheld computers have been a common solution choice for hospital supply chain systems for some time. In fact, Honeywell’s own mobile handheld computers have been tested and deployed with the leading supply chain software systems and delivered years of proven reliability for inventory management workflows.

As mobile technology continues to develop and proliferate, many of these software solutions have expanded so hospitals can track inventory with smartphones and tablets too.

Honeywell has been a key player in this development. The CT50h Clinical Smartphone and Captuvo Enterprise Barcode Sleds for the Apple iPad mini, iPhone, and iPod transform mobile devices into superior workflow tools for the supply chain.

The CT50h delivers a rugged, modern device to maximise productivity, and includes:

  • Best-in-class processing and memory capabilities empower clinicians with instant and reliable access to mission-critical data
  • Battery power that lasts a full 12-hour shift, ensuring no downtime is necessary for clinicians to swap batteries
  • Next-generation 2D imager quickly and accurately reads linear and 2D barcodes on virtually any medium, including vials, syringes, IV bags and patient wristbands
  • Specifically designed to withstand frequent exposure to recommended cleaning solutions in the healthcare industry
  • Powered by Android™ 4.4.4 with an upgrade path to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, enabling healthcare organisations to maximize IT investments.

The next big demand: printing barcode labels

Re-labelling supplies as they head up to the floors is a critical step in inventory management. Just like the pharmacy must produce quality barcodes that are easy for nurses to read, your customers’ stockroom team must print precise barcodes for clinical workflows too.

The hard truth is that clinicians simply don’t have time to deal with poor barcodes when patient care is waiting. And that’s another reason to turn to Honeywell.

Digital Imaging

In some inventory control applications, it’s best to attach a barcode scanner to a PC or laptop. Honeywell has pushed the level of quality and performance to provide a family of warehouse-ready and clinical-ready barcode scanners your customers can trust.

Honeywell scanning technology is based on digital imaging instead of lasers. It’s an important distinction. Like a digital camera, imagers take a picture of the barcode to read it. Laser scanners use a laser beam as a light source and measure the light reflected back from the barcode in order to read it.

Why a digital imaging scanner? Imaging is faster, more tolerant of bad barcode labels, and especially well-suited for reading the smallest 2D barcodes used on many healthcare products. Whether your applications call for hands-free, mounted scanners or truly mobile cordless scanners, Honeywell technology is the recognised healthcare leader.

Contact Bluestar for more information on Honeywell solutions.


Samantha is BlueStar's Digital Media Specialist, and the primary contributing writer for VartechNation. Previously, she has worked as a Public Relations Associate and a Social Media Manager.