Tuesday, April 25, 2006

FDA Bar Code Mandate Implements Physical World Connection

An FDA mandate implements physical world connection.

At the end of April, the Food and Drug Administration will officially require drug makers and marketers to have a bar code on all drugs sold to American hospitals.

And although the biopharmaceutical companies may be starting to achieve compliance, hospitals aren't remotely equipped to use the bar-coded data.

What will they use?

The barcode scanning solution comes pre-integrated- no additional software or drivers required. Just plug the BlackBerry into barcode scanner and select "Scan barcode" menu item from the popup menu

Flowfinity Wireless , a leading provider of wireless application products and platforms, and Infinite Peripherals, a leading provider of custom mobile printing and scanning solutions, offer LaserField, a bundled solution that enables barcode scanning from any USB-enabled BlackBerry Wireless Handheld™.

Will this be the first physical world connection device?

Bar codes are used for other purposes such as tracking medical devices and patient samples. The use of bar codes is expected to rise, presumably along with devices that can read bar codes and access the relevant data.

There's another solution for the pharmaceutical industry that involves physical world hyperlinks.

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