Bar Coding

Editorial: A Bit of Bar Coding History

We’ve seen a lot of evolution thanks to Data Matrix—and more is yet to come.

By Robert Rack

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Bar Codes: Scanning the Past for the Future

Bar codes have made a difference in healthcare, but they have materialized slowly on unit-of-use packages.

On October 7, 2012, the bar code celebrated its 60th anniversary. And while PMP News is only celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2013, much of our reporting over the years has been on this automatic identification enabler.

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PMP News Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Celebrating 20 years in Healthcare Product Packaging—A Look Back In Time… With Eyes on the Future (1993–2013)





PMP News, March 1999

Thanks to ISO 11607 and other milestones, medical device packaging has gained definite stature over the last two decades.

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AIM North America Announces New Committee Leaders

AIM North America (AIM NA), the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility in North America, reports the following new committee leaders for 2013:

  • Tom Dills, President of Elder Mountain Associates LLC (Warner Robbins, GA) will lead the UID Suppliers Alliance.
  • George Wright, IV, Vice President, Product Identification & Processing Systems Inc. (Port Chester, NY), will lead the UDI Committee.

These industry experts have been elected chair of their respective committees for one year.

Cognex Offers Advanced Software For Small Form Bar Code Readers

Cognex Corporation has integrated advanced 2DMax+  code reading software technology into the compact DataMan 100 and 200 fixed-mount barcode readers.   With 2DMax+, the readers can now identify and decode severely damaged or poorly marked 2-D matrix codes. Most importantly, the barcode readers are unaffected by variations in lighting, marking method, code quality, or surface finish.

Editorial: You, Too, Can Drive Healthcare Efficiency

I recently downloaded the iPhone app iTriage, just to be able to manage my health needs while on the go.

Little did I know that I would hear HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extoll iTriage's benefits at Datapalooza 3. The app is among new tools that seek to mine healthcare data for innovation and progress.

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Microscan Lands Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Packaging

The recognition salutes the company’s C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager, which is suitable for pharma packaging track-and-trace applications.

Microscan, a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions, announces that its C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager has won a 2012 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the Packaging Industry category. Microscan’s Weijiang Song accepted the award during a ceremony in Shanghai. This event was co-organized by Ringier Trade Media and its magazine International Packaging News for China, together with ProPak China 2012.

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GPO Selects Firm for Repackaging and Bar Coding Services

Safecor Health LLC will now be providing medication repackaging and bar coding services to HealthTrust Purchasing Group L.P., in an effort to enhance medication safety and improve pharmacy operations. HealthTrust is a group purchasing organization that serves nearly 1400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites.

GS1 Working Ahead of Mandates

No national requirement for pharmaceutical track and trace has materialized to supersede California’s 2015 law, and Unique Device Identification has just been proposed in draft form.

With U.S. mandates slowly emerging, pharmaceutical and medical device companies should consider business needs as they prepare for unique product coding, GS1 representatives urge. The identification standards organization promotes its systems for standardizing product identification throughout the supply chain.

Health Systems Group Seeks GS1 Standards

Speakers at GS1 Connect in June shared several business reasons to standardize product identification. Health systems representatives spoke of efficiencies that standardized identification could bring in product and patient identification and tracking as well as improvements in billing, ordering, and inventory. Many spoke of the need for standards, such as the GS1 family of standards.

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