Tracking hospital patients with bar coded wristbands

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Forget about your doctor's scribble, there's a new way to track patient medications at Memorial Medical Center in Lufkin.

It's called Electronic Medication Administration Record (eMAR). The system helps lower the risk of medication errors by scanning each patient's bar code that's on their wrist band. The patient's medication is also scanned, so it ensures the prescription matches the wristband bar code.

Patients told KTRE the technology puts their mind at ease.

"When they get ready to give [me] my medication, they're scanning it into a computer and the computer is also verifying that it's really me, so that way I'm getting the right medication," said Lynn Glover, patient at Memorial Medical Center.

Memorial Health System plans to have all of their hospitals on the bar coding system within the next year.

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