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bar code

(bahr kōd)
A code consisting of a group of printed, variably patterned bars and spaces scanned by lasers into a computer to identify the object it labels.

bar code

A parallel array of alternately spaced black bars and white spaces representing a coded number, numbers, or letters, depending on the format employed. It is used clinically for patient sample identification as well as analyzer and operator ID.
See also: code
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Bar codes in laboratories are an essential component to an automatic identification system that allows patient data to be captured.
Layusa said the bar codes would replace the old system, where examinees' name cards were inserted in exam sheets to properly tag their booklets.
We aim to explore some opportunities for 2D bar codes at our upcoming CRM Evolution conference (August 8-10, 2011) at the New York City Hilton.
The foremost was to turn the label stock by 90[degrees] in the printing systems so that any white streaks that might be caused by a defective print head would be perpendicular to rather than parallel with the bars in the bar code. Thus, even ifa bar code had a white streak transversing the code, there would be sufficient high-quality bars above or below the streak so that most bar code readers would give a correct read.
On this note, the benefits of device-specific bar codes in conjunction with a single, central database to be used for cross reference, all culminate in improved patient safety.
Laboratory professionals know patients through the bar code received with a requisition and through specimens delivered to the lab.
The bar code system also eliminates errors such as late payment notices to customers who have already put a cheque in the mail.
In hospital pharmacies, for example, many medications still arrive without a bar code, and repackaging and labeling is a large-scale undertaking.
One firm revolutionizing the way media companies, marketers, handset manufacturers, and carriers around the world provide information and services to consumers on their mobile phones is Scanbuy, a global provider of mobile marketing solutions that embrace 2D bar code solutions.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has revealed a global standard to pave the way for global mobile phone check-in through the use of two-dimensional (2D) bar codes.
The vehicle that actually contains the data to be collected is the bar code symbol itself.
Enhanced bar code scanner: Accu-Sort Systems, manufacturer of the Axiom-XT bar code scanner, has introduced a version that can read high-density bar codes, as well as potentially reduce the number of no reads.