Implementing Barcode Medication Adminstration (BCMA)

Start here and read the comprehensive "Pharmacist's Toolkit for Implementing Barcode Medication Administration." It addresses barcode technology background, planning and managing implementation, and data analysis considerations.


Moving Beyond Implementation to Optimization

The ASHP Foundation gathered health care professionals to create a toolkit of resources to help you optimize the use of BCMA across the medication-use process and continuum of care to foster operational and safety successes, value, and process improvement efforts.

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How to Guide

Step 1


Review the BCMA Implementation Toolkit to get a full understanding of the planning required to effectively implement a verification system for medications labeled with machine readable coding. You will find information such recommended reading and considerations for assembling a team, pre and post data collection, pharmacy perspective, and nursing perspective.

Step 2


A roll-out plan should be finalized during the planning and development phase so that, once that phase has concluded, roll-out can begin almost immediately. Review the "Pharmacist's Toolkit for Implementing Barcode Medication Administration" for guidance and references related to implementation.

Step 3


Use the BCMA System Optimization Playbook to help focus your optimization efforts and get best possible outcomes. The Playbook addresses leveraging and optimizing the barcode beyond point of care medication administration, best practices and process improvement, and ongoing challenges and barriers.