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What to look for when purchasing your healthcare barcode scanner

Posted on Fri, Jul 8, 2016

When working within the healthcare industry, you understand the need for accuracy while maintaining a high level of productivity. It doesn't matter if you work within a pharmaceutical office, primary healthcare facility or any other position, having the right tools improves your ability to work with patients while providing first rate care. One way to stay on top of what your patients require is with the right healthcare barcode scanner. As is the case with any other scanner, the device reads barcodes placed on everything from medication to electronic equipment. However, if you are shopping around for the right healthcare barcode scanner you need to follow through with these general steps to ensure you have the right scanner for your work.

Wired/Wireless

Generally speaking, a wireless barcode scanner is going to be more expensive than a wired device. A wired device likely draws power from a connected computer via a USB umbilical cord. However, this only really works in certain healthcare situations. If it is located at a point of sale, then a wired healthcare barcode scanner may work. Typically though, it is better to spend more money for a wireless device. At Government Solutions, we recommend the wireless option for a few different reasons. For starters, you likely will need to move with it. Even when connected to a check-out location, you may need to walk around the facility, scanning items. If someone is purchasing a large piece of electronic equipment, you'll likely need to reach a barcode not on the front face of the device. When checking stock, you'll need the wireless option to help place orders and stay on top of equipment your office needs. Ultimately, even if a wired healthcare barcode scanner works, wireless is simply easier.

Battery Life

Now, the thing about a wireless barcode scanner is you don't have the connected power source, which means battery life is important. You want a scanner that can last you at the very least a full day of use. You shouldn't be forced to purchase multiple scanners simply to make through a single work day, just in case one goes down in the middle of the day (although it is generally a good idea to have a backup, should the first sustain any kind of damage). Battery life is possibly the most important variable to consider when buying a barcode scanner, so always compare this bit of information between scanners that fit your needs and budget.

Weight

The difference of a few ounces might not sound like a lot, but if you are using the scanner throughout the day, it really can cause pain in your wrist. This shouldn't be the deciding factor of one healthcare barcode scanner of the next, but do keep it in mind. If you only use the scanner on occasion the weight likely isn't that big of a deal. However, if you use it frequently and throughout the day, a lighter device may be best.

Size

The size of your healthcare barcode scanner likely has a direct connection with the previous points to consider. A smaller barcode scanner most likely will weight less, but there is a good chance the battery life is reduced as well (while not always the case, more often than not a smaller scanner holds a reduced charge). Consider what you need the scanner for. Do you want to carry it around or is it to be near your POS? You need a scanner that fits in the given location you'll be using it the most. An odd, bulky scanner will not prove efficient in a small cubicle.

For more information or for one-on-one advise from one of our barcode printer specialists, please contact Governor Business Solutions at (313) 441-4600. 

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