News | April 30, 2008

IntelliDOT Secures Second Patent for Medical Shorthand Bar-Codes

May 1, 2008 - IntelliDOT Corp. this week said it secured an additional patent covering its proprietary bar codes that can be scanned to enter shorthand medical notes as part of its bedside, hand-held CAREt medication administration system.

On April 29, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 7,364,067 to IntelliDOT for its CAREt hospital management system. In addition to scanning traditional one and two-dimensional bar codes, the CAREt also scans IntelliDOT’s proprietary “DOT” symbols that are used as medical shorthand. By scanning a symbol, hospitals can create customized documentation and communication applications and nurses can complete documentation, communicate with others, and carry out tasks using a simple point-and-scan workflow model. IntelliDOT’s approach requires no typing on computer keyboards or navigating complicated screens on a PDA. The company said this facilitates quick, one-handed documentation at the bedside around customized operations and commands tailored to specific patient care needs and JCAHO requirements.

Built on a design that complements the way nurses work, the CAREt System provides a straightforward user interface that supports a comprehensive approach to medication safety and documentation at the bedside, the manufacturer said. Introduced in 2002, the CAREt device has been selected by numerous institutions, including 55 Health Management Associates (HMA) hospitals and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The company said the system can help significantly reduce medication errors.

For more information: www.intellidotcorp.com

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