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Most clinical laboratories deal with thousands of samples each day and will often store these samples for later reference or cascade testing. Locating an individual sample can be time consuming sometimes it may be considered easier to obtain a fresh sample. However this far from the ideal solution. Barcode technology for numbering specimens has been widely adopted and TrackIT makes use of these barcodes to record where samples have been stored.

How TrackIT works
We provide special bar code labels to identify your racks. When this is barcode is scanned the rack is made active and the next available row and column for storage are displayed. Any samples that are subsequently scanned will be allocated to the next available position in that rack until the rack is full or another rack is scanned.

Defining Racks
Affixing a barcode to your rack allocates it a TrackIT rack number. You may then enter information about the rack such as rack dimensions.

Storing samples
Scanning a rackís barcode make it the active rack. The next available position is displayed. Scanning the specimenís barcode records the specimen as being stored in that position.

Finding samples
At the find screen enter the specimen number of that sample that you want to locate. The rack and position will be displayed. To remove that sample click on the remove button.

Audit Trail
TrackIT maintains and audit trail of sample movements. When a sample is stored the time and date and position are recorded. When a sample is removed the user is prompted to enter an ID. The user ID, position and time and date of removal are stored.

Bar code scanners
There are numerous types and styles of barcode scanner available. Some link to your computer via a keyboard wedge and some via the serial RS232 port. TrackIT will work with most types of scanner.