Held earlier this month in Chicago, the 2012 AIM Summit followed a slightly more compressed format than in years past. But we were able to get some of the highlights for you.
New bar code symbologies continue appearing.
While one-dimensional or linear bar codes stood alone for many years, more and more two-dimensional bar codes are being developed for specialized uses.
2011 introduced the Han Xin 2D bar code, used to encode large numbers of Chinese, numeric, and ASCII characters. And in 2012, we see a symbology called Ultracode gaining ground.
Billed as a fourth generation symbology, the Ultracode linear 2D matrix allows a moderate amount of information to be encoded in any language. But the Ultracode has a long, thin aspect ratio more like traditional linear bar codes, and unlike Han Xin, is not a high capacity bar code.
FDA's UDI Initiative may drive big changes for AutoID systems in healthcare.
A federal mandate in the United States, the Unique Device Identifier Initiative from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will soon require all medical devices be marked individually, including information about the manufacturer, model number, and expiration date.
With complex, implantable medical devices set to be regulated as early as 2014, the FDA hopes to improve patient safety along with the effectiveness of medical device recalls. Does this mean healthcare enterprise will use the mandate to also consider the effectiveness of their supply chains and global inventory levels?
Former AIM staffer Bert Moore memorialized with journalistic award.
On a more somber note, the 2012 AIM Summit marked the initial presentation of the Bert Moore Excellence in Journalism Award. AIM's Journalism Award was renamed in honor of the long-time editor of the AIM Connections newsletter, who passed away in July.
Moore published numerous articles on a variety of topics in automatic identification and was considered an industry expert and advocate by everyone who knew him. Daphne Allen, the editor of Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News received the inaugural award, marking her comprehensive coverage of AIDC solutions across the healthcare industry.
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