As science and technology progresses, one of the biggest challenges is to reduce hospital errors as much as possible. As soon as the patient is admitted to hospital, the various processes and the intervention at different levels by medical professionals (from paramedics, nurses and doctors, to administration and laboratory staff), all increase the risk of mistakes being made. For this reason, automatic patient identification (patient ID) has become significantly important in hospitals, where it succeeds in reducing errors virtually to zero.
In April 2007, the Healthcare Department for Valencia Autonomic Government (Conselleria de Sanitat de la Comunidad Valenciana) benefitted from this advanced technology and issued a tender to implement a new patient Auto ID system over 3 years. This new solution uses patient wristbands onto which text or barcodes can be printed directly. This has already been implemented at 28 hospitals.
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