College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Computer Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Computer Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Industrial Engineering

College - Author 3

College of Engineering

Department - Author 3

Biomedical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 3

BS in Biomedical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Karla Carichner, College of Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department


The Barcode Medication Administration is an important system implemented within a hospital. It is the process in which nurses and other healthcare professionals prescribe and distribute medication to the patients. It aids in organizing which patient got prescribed which medication from which doctor and provides records on who was given care by who. The whole BCMA system is a multi-step process from getting the medication prescribed, to the nurses having to pick up the medication from the medication cabinet, and then having to scan the patient and the medication to finally administer medications.

The current BCMA system implemented at the local hospital is not efficient enough for the nurses. When technology becomes a barrier for the nurses to do their jobs, it leads to taking shortcuts, also known as workarounds. When workarounds are used, it puts the patient’s safety at risk. Thus, as a group, our goal was to provide a solution that will help improve the efficiency of the BCMA system whilst also prioritizing patient safety.

Our current solution is to implement a new barcode scanner that can keep up with the demands of the nurses. To have a barcode scanner with better technology can not only improve user satisfaction, the nurses, but it will also indirectly increase patient safety as a better and more reliable barcode scanner will lead to less inefficiencies and thus less workarounds.