Barcodes have been in use since 1970, but labs are quickly learning that barcodes could be the epicenter for streamlining their processes and progressing into the future of patient safety, therapy development and workplace efficiency. Barcode labels provide clear, machine-readable identification that withstands the harsh process and environment.
Automated scanning of a specimen allows for chain of custody tracking, immediate LIMS/LIS data input and a significant reduction of errors due to manual entry. Barcode labeling also promotes the lean processing technique of work cell single-piece flow specimen handling, which improves efficiency by eliminating waste from batch and match errors and reduces the time spent waiting for batches to finish. Additionally, unique specimen identification and barcoding promotes database sharing initiatives by standardizing information and patient/participant information.
With barcodes, there’s no gray area – they protect patients and identify specimens to eliminate waste, advance development and research, and improve efficiencies in the lab.