Using BCMA software to improve patient safety in Veterans Administration Medical Centers

J Healthc Inf Manag. 2002 Winter;16(1):46-51.


Bar Code Medication Administration (BCMA) software, as developed by the Veterans Health Administration, is an innovative, automated system that uses wireless, point-of-care technology with an integrated bar code scanner. The system can dramatically reduce medication administration errors by letting clinicians verify a patient's identity and validate medications against active orders.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / standards
  • Hospitals, Veterans / standards*
  • Humans
  • Kansas
  • Medication Errors / prevention & control*
  • Medication Systems, Hospital / standards*
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Patient Identification Systems
  • Pilot Projects
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Safety Management / methods*
  • Software*
  • Total Quality Management*