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Inner Wrist Located Hand-Held Scanner

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245620D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-22
Document File: 5 page(s) / 111K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a personal scanning device that is worn in an integrated strap and mounted on the underside of the wearer’s wrist. In addition to having scanning capabilities, the apparatus can include a camera device.

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Inner Wrist Located Hand-Held Scanner

As processes involving human/hardware interaction become more automated, the requirement to more quickly gather more accurate information increases. One way to gather such information has been through scanning technology, which has been

embraced in several industries. For example, patient-centered healthcare has developed an increased need for scanning; however, the lack of innovation for the ergonomics of the scanning activity has led to inefficiencies in the process.

In an automated patient clinical setting that uses hand held scanners, there is potential for many scans per hour. Scanning is performed on patient wristbands, medication bottles, equipment upon deployment, supplies, and medical personnel performing health care and other related services. As there is a great advantage in accurately

recording all such events, the trend for increased scanning is expected to continue in the future.

During an interaction between a medical professional and a patient, many scans are performed during a relatively short period (e.g., 15 minutes). Not only is the scanning repetitive, but it is sometimes cumbersome (if a bar code is difficult to reach or the object is small), and the cordless scanning device can be misplaced, which causes the

user has to spend time looking for it. In addition, the scanning process, using a hand-held scanning device, can be awkward due to the size and shape of the objects and the distance at which the user needs to hold the device in order to capture the scan. It is not a natural movement and sometimes the user has to perform multiple attempts to capture the bar code. These inefficiencies in scanning lead to wasted seconds, if not minutes; in many fast-paced and low-staffed institutions, seconds lost can be crucial.

The constantly picking up and placing down of the scanner and between scans is a known inefficiency that some providers try to minimize by batching scans. Although this

makes scanning easier, it causes the healthcare provider to rearrange the normal flow of patient care to be device-centric, not patient-centric. In addition, if a medication is scanned at a time to be batched with other similar scans, but is not immediately administered, then the likelihood of a discrepancy the record and reality increases.

As another drawback, some patients are just not comfortable with a scanning implement that may resemble a hand-held weapon. A more patient-friendly apparatus could reduce stress in patients.

While the currently available mobile scanners are predominantly of the 'hand held

weapon' design, other innovations in the field of 'personal worn' scanners appear to be related to above-the-wrist or top of the hand mountings via either strap or integrated

into a glove. These approaches also have drawbacks, such as the need for unnatural movement to capture the scan. In a patient care setting, practitioners need two hands and technology which is as natural to use as poss...