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OEM Healthcare – Automating the Collection of Patient Information

Posted by Garry Reichert

April 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM


Within the healthcare industry, there's a huge opportunity to automate the collection of information.

If we take a look at a nurse's shift, let's say a typical 8-hour shift, 35 percent of the time is documenting. That means 2 to 3 hours per day is spent simply capturing information manually.

If you look at the way documentation occurs within a hospital environment, very often it involves capturing vitals and statistics on the palm of nurse’s hand or on a post-it note. That information is then translated into another hand-written type of media, and then finally inputted into an electronic medical records system at the nurses' station. It’s a very manual way of collecting data with lots of opportunity for error. In fact, in the United States alone, there are 98,000 deaths a year because of errors associated with medication administration. 

Scanning can change those stats.

We can leverage enterprise intelligence in the Internet of Things to do that in a much more automated and accurate fashion. When we can do that, we enable better quality of care for patients, and we enable more satisfaction for those providing care to those patients.

Imagine a scenario where a nurse walks into a hospital room with a handheld mobile computer. Through our embedded scan engines and a quick scan of the patient’s wristband, we create an automatic association between that caregiver and that patient.

As the medication is administered, the caregiver scans it. Automatically, without any manual intervention, we're able to stitch this whole view together of what transpired during that medication administration event, ensuring that the right patient is getting the right medication in the right way at the right time.

Another benefit? The time it takes for a hand-off from shift to shift. Typically, that process can take close to an hour of time for a nurse or a clinician to hand off the context of the current patient situation to the next shift.

By seamlessly capturing this information and not requiring that hand-off to be so manual, we enable that next nurse or clinician to start their shift with the full contextual information, not requiring the previous shift time to be tied up in handing that off. The reduced time can for shift changes can often lead to an earlier discharge for the patient.

The exciting thing for us at Zebra is that our customers rely on us to take the future and pull it to the present, to understand on their behalf the art of what's possible and intersect that with their need to be able to deliver new solutions.

Everyday we help our OEM partners realize the future of healthcare with the power of Zebra inside. With Zebra as your OEM partner, you can integrate our world-class data capture, wireless, locationing and mobile computing expertise into your healthcare solution from the start. Your clients enjoy the peace of mind from our proven experience. You benefit from reduced development costs, full integration support and faster time-to-market.

If your company works in healthcare technology, Zebra is an OEM partner you should consider. For over 40 years we’ve known the critical role of matching healthcare workers with patients and the exact medication and treatments they need.

Let’s work together to automate the collection of information and the quality of patient care.

To find out more about Zebra’s OEM solutions for Healthcare, visit www.zebra.com/oem.

Garry Reichert is VP, OEM - North America for Zebra Technologies.

Topics: Healthcare, APAC, North America, EMEA, OEM