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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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Durability, Flexibility and Convenience: Finding the Right PPID Solution

Posted by Zebra N. America November 7, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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Positive patient ID (PPID) solutions allow healthcare facilities to improve the quality of patient care at every step in the healthcare process from admission to discharge. From helping to prevent medication administration errors to ensuring patient specimens are accurately tracked and processed from collection to the laboratory to results in a physician’s hands, PPID is a powerful tool for improving patient safety. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, North America, Patient Identification

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

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR A REVOLUTION IN HEALTHCARE

Posted by Zebra EMEA October 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

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Technology can, on occasion, be hyped. Gartner even has a methodology for it: The Hype Cycle. But when it comes to the hot topic of now, the Internet of Things (IOT), all talk’s justified: We believe that IOT will transform the way we work across many sectors, especially so in healthcare.

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Topics: Healthcare, Visibility that's Visionary, IoT, smart labels

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

Prescription labelling is transforming efficiency and quality

Posted by Gareth Aitken October 20, 2016 at 3:12 AM

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Prescription processing is a huge operation within the healthcare sector. Every year there are approximately one billion prescription items and payments exceed £9billion in the UK alone. As pressure grows on healthcare providers to process an increasing number of prescriptions, healthcare services must strive to achieve efficiency gains in order to satisfy demand, while also maintaining safe delivery of medicines.

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Topics: Healthcare, Printers, EMEA, labelling,, prescription

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