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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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Getting a big-picture vision of clinical mobility considerations

Posted by Zebra N. America May 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Implementing a clinical mobility solution is great way to improve clinician efficiency and support better patient care. With real-time access to patient data, the ability to collaborate with peers on a moment’s notice and the capability to effectively manage patient alarms, a mobile clinician is an empowered clinician. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, Clinical Mobility

Mobile devices and the risk of healthcare-associated infections

Posted by Zebra N. America May 19, 2017 at 10:09 AM

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Mobile devices and handheld computers have made healthcare much more efficient in the past few years. It wasn’t that long ago that hospitals relied entirely on paper-based methods for recording, sharing and reporting data. Now, with the advent of EMRs, mobile devices are providing unprecedented access to patient data and providing secure channels for instant peer collaboration. But are they also presenting a new threat to patient health when it comes to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, Clinical Mobility

Who's next? Your cyber risk and what you can do

Posted by John Wyer May 17, 2017 at 9:04 AM

 

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Are you exposed to security risks? 

Security has never been a bigger priority.

As we’ve seen all too vividly of late, a cyberattack can cause major damage to reputation, customer trust, and, your bottom line. Outdated IT systems leave the door open for hackers and cyber criminals. And the mobile space could be the next target.

Enterprises need to be proactive to understand the security risk and take the appropriate proactive and defensive measures that protect your data, your devices and gives you peace of mind.

LifeGuard™ for Android™ is Zebra’s software security solution that extends the lifecycle of Zebra Android enterprise mobile computers. It adds years of OS security support to bring your devices into line with the enterprise hardware lifecycle, helping your business significantly lower total cost of ownership.

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Topics: Mobility, Retail, Security, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Software, T&L, Field Mobility, Warehousing

Event-driven Care Team Communications Can Help Nurses Focus on Critical Alerts

Posted by Zebra N. America May 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Patient monitoring devices are literal lifesavers in the modern healthcare environment. From reporting changes in vital signs to signaling the end of an infusion or indicating a patient is trying to get out of bed, these monitoring devices provide critical visibility into the patient room when clinicians are busy elsewhere. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America

A New Facility Means a New Approach to Clinician Collaboration

Posted by Zebra N. America April 21, 2017 at 9:00 AM

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When one of the largest public hospital systems in the country opened a state-of-the-art, 2.8 million square-foot addition, making sure the nursing staff could remain in constant communication was a challenge. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America

Five Steps to Building a Clinical Mobility Strategy

Posted by Zebra N. America April 17, 2017 at 3:40 PM

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Clinician access to accurate and up-to-date patient information is essential in today’s fast-paced healthcare environment. Proper planning is the key to success, so is the ability to communicate with peers on a moment’s notice, along with the ability to manage the ever-increasing array of alarms and alerts from patient monitoring devices. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America

Where Can Hospitals Utilise Barcode Technology In The Future?

Posted by David Stain March 15, 2017 at 9:32 AM

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Patient identification techniques are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with 70% of hospitals stating that they use barcoded wristbands as one of their approaches to positive patient ID (PPID)[1]. Barcoding has improved the patient identification process in a number of ways, increasing staff efficiencies, patient safety and reducing the risk of misidentification.

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, EMEA, Patient Identification

What's New at HIMSS 2017

Posted by Andy Tippet February 20, 2017 at 1:00 PM

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In a previous blog we discussed all of the aspects of clinical mobility that can improve staff productivity and increase patient safety.  Solutions such as point of care data capture, clinical collaboration, and workflow enablement are all part of clinical mobility but none of these opportunities can be met without the right device. That device is the TC51-HC.  This is a tough device that will last for years with a contemporary design that looks and feels like a consumer smartphone and enterprise class scanning and data capture features to boost productivity.  It supports the Android Marshmallow operating system, with support for the next two versions (“N” and “O”).  Enterprise features to keep data and devices secure.  Best-in-class power, battery life and manageability. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, TC51-HC, DS8100-HC, Silver Line Labels

Clinical Mobility at HIMSS

Posted by Andy Tippet February 17, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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Clinical mobility is the term used to describe the use of a variety of mobile devices and unified communication platform by physicians, nurses, midlevel practitioners, and other allied health professional as they deliver care to their patients.  Clinical mobility is synonymous and used interchangeably with the term point of care, and because it contributes to improved patient care responsiveness, clinical accuracy, and workflow efficiency when implemented effectively it is transformational to the entire patient care delivery process. Clinical Mobility enables better collaboration between clinical staff, improves the workflows of healthcare personnel, and increases patient safety by bringing identification to the point of care. 

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Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Clinical Mobility

Better Connections That Lead to Visibility

Posted by Andy Tippet February 15, 2017 at 6:00 AM

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As healthcare providers, your #1 priority is safe and effective patient care. But often, complex workflows, administrative demands and inaccurate information create barriers between caregivers and patients. Dealing with these problems can lower the standard of care—and that’s where Zebra can help. Connecting the right patient, to the right care, at the right time is critical. As is connecting providers to patient records, caregivers to colleagues, and patients to providers. Without a doubt, better connections lead to a better patient to caregiver experience. 

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Topics: Healthcare, North America, HIMSS, Visibility that's Visionary