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When you think Zebra, you may think of printers, but we're so much more than that. A leader in developing solutions that feature barcode, RFID and RTLS technologies, Zebra converts the physical into the digital to give assets, people and transactions a virtual voice. When you have more visibility, you can drive more value.

In this blog, we will:

  • Break down the basics of the Internet of Things (IoT) and how our connected world is making a big impact on how we work and play
  • Cover all the latest trends in visibility technology, like barcoding, RFID and RTLS, across many industries
  • Give you a closer look at the latest news and solutions from Zebra

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Maximizing Barcoded Wristband Technology

Posted by Zebra N. America October 31, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Patient safety begins with positive patient identification. That’s why more and more facilities are turning to barcode-enabled wristband systems to help identify patients at every point in the healthcare process.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Better Equipment Management Leads to Better Patient Care

Posted by Zebra N. America October 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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As one of only 15 Level 1 trauma centers in Texas, University Health System’s hospital in San Antonio has one of the busiest emergency departments around, with nearly 70,000 visits each year. To help treat these critical patients as efficiently as possible, the hospital has 7,000 smart IV pumps in its inventory ready to administer lifesaving fluids and medications.

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Topics: RFID, Healthcare, North America, Asset Management

Proper Labeling With Accurate Specimen ID Saves Lives

Posted by Zebra N. America October 17, 2016 at 7:55 AM

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When a physician makes a clinical treatment decision, it’s often based on laboratory results. And the integrity of those lab results depends on the accuracy of the specimen identification. 

When specimens are misidentified, the consequences can be grave. Diagnoses are missed. Medication is withheld or the wrong medication is administered. Inappropriate procedures are ordered. In the best case, valuable time is lost. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, Patient Identification

Positive Patient ID in Practice: Reduce Errors and Improve Outcomes

Posted by Zebra N. America October 10, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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If you wanted to review a textbook case of positive patient ID (PPID) implementation, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, Vermont would be an excellent example.

This nationally recognized center instituted a system-wide initiative to enhance patient safety and reduce the possibility of human error, which included becoming an early adopter of barcode medication administration (BCMA). 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Positive Patient ID Should Begin at Birth: Wristbands Help Prevent Mixups

Posted by Zebra N. America October 3, 2016 at 3:33 PM

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There’s no bond quite like the one between a mother and her newborn child.

With more than 3.8 million births a year in the U.S., hospitals across the country need to take every care to ensure things go as smoothly as possible for both the mother and the newborn.

But with so many births taking place, and hospitals facing increasing financial pressure and labor resource issues, infants are sometimes misidentified. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Barcoded Wristbands: Visibility Into Patient Safety

Posted by Zebra N. America September 27, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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The use of wristbands to identify hospital patients has been a standard practice for well over half a century. Handwritten, typed or printed, wristbands were originally created to provide an easy way for caregivers to verify identity at any point along the patient’s healthcare journey. From newborns in the delivery area to geriatric patients in rehabilitation, everyone got a wristband.

And that’s how things worked until the introduction of barcode technology, which allowed the humble hospital wristband to become a “virtual voice” for patients and play a much more important role in overall patient safety. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Building a Foundation for Patient Safety: The Critical Role of PPID

Posted by Zebra N. America August 29, 2016 at 1:59 PM

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Even under ideal conditions, administering any kind of medical care can be a complicated and potentially dangerous process. When you factor in shrinking budgets and overworked staff, the potential for a wide range of errors increases significantly, and the results can be catastrophic—preventable medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

One of the most common errors involves misidentifying patients at various points of interaction throughout their stay. Misidentification errors include administering medications meant for another patient; mixing up samples in a lab, leading to inaccurate diagnoses and treatment; or even performing invasive diagnostic or surgical procedures on the wrong patient.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

Event Preview: RFID Journal LIVE!

Posted by Zebra N. America April 14, 2015 at 10:45 AM

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Zebra Technologies Corporation is proud to be the Cornerstone Sponsor at this week’s RFID Journal LIVE!, the 13th annual conference and exhibition hosted by trade publication RFID Journal. This year’s event takes place Wednesday through Friday at the San Diego Convention Center.

This year’s conference will cover off on everything from innovative marketing of RFID to specific vertical tracks for retail, warehouse management and smart devices.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, RTLS, Healthcare, Sports, North America, Events, RFID Journal Live

Zebra Technologies at TRANSACT15

Posted by Zebra N. America March 30, 2015 at 9:26 AM

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Zebra Technologies Corporation is excited to participate in one of the premier payment technology trade shows, TRANSACT 15, March 31-April 2, 2015 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Zebra will host a booth on the show floor, where new mobile payment device, the PD40, will take center stage. With the PD40, your associates can use their Zebra multi-function mobile computers to ring up purchases with virtually any type of payment card, anywhere in the store, improving the shopping experience and preventing abandoned sales.

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Topics: Retail, North America, OEM, Payments, PD40, TRANSACT

Webinar Alert! Choosing the Right Location Platform to Enable Mobile Marketing

Posted by Zebra N. America March 27, 2015 at 7:47 AM

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Today’s consumers and businesses rely on Smartphone’s, tablets and other Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled devices for a wide array of personal and commercial applications. All major brands in retail, hospitality and airports are connecting with shoppers, guest and visitors through their devices, delivering a personalized experience using location based services. Businesses are increasingly deploying real-time Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based location services to offer better customer experience and engage with personalized promotions and in-venue coupons.

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Topics: RFID, Mobility, Retail, Location Solutions, Software, North America