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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.

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  • 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
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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

How compact printers reduce patient sample collection errors

Posted by Gareth Aitken August 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Mistakes are inevitable and occur throughout all industries, yet errors, such as sampling errors, made within the healthcare sector are particularly serious as they can directly affect a patient’s wellbeing. As demand for healthcare services continues to rise, it’s imperative that processes become more efficient in order to limit mistakes and increase staff productivity. There are also severe financial implications that arise due to poor sampling processes, as the costs of redraws, retesting and additional treatment are substantial.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, Printers, EMEA, labelling,

Can the Internet of Things help reduce food wastage?

Posted by Thierry Vasseur March 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM

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The ‘Internet of things’ (IoT) will soon change our everyday lives, whether personally or professionally. From now until 2020, 50 billion connected devices will improve production processes and efficiently combat general wastage, including food wastage.

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Topics: Supply Chain, RFID, Barcodes, Manufacturing, Internet of Things, EMEA

Identifying fake and stolen medicines

Posted by Zebra EMEA February 11, 2016 at 3:38 AM

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We’re all aware that counterfeit drugs – medicines that are falsely labelled ­­– are a growing global problem. They threaten patient health and cost European countries an estimated €1.4bn a year.

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Topics: RFID, Healthcare, Barcodes, EMEA

GS1 in Healthcare: Why Barcode Standards are Necessary

Posted by Zebra EMEA February 2, 2016 at 7:13 AM

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The increasing use of barcodes in the health sector over the past decade has had many noticeable and considerable benefits. From faster patient processing and consistent treatment to fewer human errors and a drop in the administration burden for staff. It has also opened the door to data analytical opportunities like never before – enabling hospitals to further refine their processes for better operational efficiency at reduced cost.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, EMEA

A Brief History of Barcode Scanning

Posted by Zebra EMEA February 2, 2016 at 6:47 AM

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The Future of Barcode Scanning in Healthcare

Posted by Zebra EMEA January 19, 2016 at 10:03 AM

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The advent of the barcode represented a breakthrough for many industries, from retail to transport to healthcare, yet there are a number of problems associated with barcodes that regulators and organisations are looking to solve. The root cause of these issues is that various industries, companies and organisations have adopted the technology and each has created its own type of barcode. The use of multiple barcode types can take up valuable time when it comes to identifying which symbol to scan. It can also result in inaccuracies if the wrong label is scanned and additional costs if different scanners are required for different codes. These issues impact the healthcare industry in particular, as they can have a severe impact on patient care.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, EMEA