Uniform Barcode Processing

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The UBP Profile describes a way to send the information contained in a barcode and in return receive the parsed content of that barcode in the form of a FHIR resource instance - a medication, a device, a patient, or staff.


The UBP Profile describes a common mechanism to process (parse) a barcode that is being scanned in a hospital - at the point of care, at inventory, etc. The barcode can be of a medication, but also of a medical device, or a patient - the healthcare professional will typically scan the barcodes in the same way, and the system will determine what the barcode represents, and what should be done with the information.


Automatic Identification and Data Capture (for example barcode technology) is known to contribute to patient safety by unequivocally identifying the patient and the health products, detecting possible errors. Barcodes can be issued in different formats following different conventions, which means that there are different structures and content across barcodes. However, the healthcare professional is normally unaware of the differences. The UBP Profile defines a mechanism where the barcode processing is the same across all items scanned (patient, product, location, professional) so that the systems implement this in a consistent manner.


The UBP Profile defines a FHIR REST operation. This operation can be invoked by every system that needs external processing of a barcode. As a response, the decoding system provides a FHIR resource representing the entity that is being scanned - a resource representing the patient, the medicinal product, etc.

Systems Affected

the UBP Profile is beneficial to all systems that require barcode parsing but do not implement the algorithms to decode the barcode AND to determine the kind of item being scanned.

Actors & Transactions:

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Profile Status: Trial Implementation http://ihe.net/uploadedFiles/Documents/Pharmacy/IHE_Pharm_Suppl_UBP.pdf


Underlying Standards:

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