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The Visible Value Blog

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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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Posted by Marie-France Dequeker December 4, 2018 at 3:17 AM

Hospitals and clinics need to be able to efficiently trace medical implants in case of product recall.



Topics: EMEA, Healthcare, Patient Safety, Mobility, Identification


Posted by Joanne Pearn November 26, 2018 at 3:06 PM

Excellent care with compassion.

That is Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (LTH) motto.

To provide this excellent care, LTH needs to ensure the right items are getting to the right patient at its hospitals.



Topics: EMEA, Healthcare, Patient Safety, Wristbands, Printers, Identification

On top of its game with Zebra Technologies

Posted by Ediz Unsal April 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM


VfL Bochum, a second-division German football club, is one of the oldest established sports organisations in the world. However, that doesn’t mean it’s traditional in all senses of the word. It wants the latest technology to support its operational efficiency, which is why it has deployed a range of ZXP Series printers, including the latest Series 7 printer, and associated cards and ribbons, as well as TC70 Touch Computers from Zebra Technologies.


Topics: EMEA, mobile computing, TC70, Touch computing, Events, Mobile Printing, Identification, ZXP, Loyalty, Card printer

Zebra Technologies’ Secure Prescription Printer

Posted by Andy Tippet December 9, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Tested and proven in over 2,000 locations nationwide, Zebra’s GX420Rx works seamlessly with your hospital’s technology software, and complies with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Tamper Resistant Prescription Law.

Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Printers, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

A Hospital Scan in Time Saves Nine

Posted by Franck Riout November 27, 2014 at 8:20 AM

When NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, took on his new role in April 2014,
he stated that the organisation was facing the biggest challenge in its history because of the squeeze on its budgets, and warned that the next few years would require a significant effort to maintain the highest levels of service and care, and balance the books.


Topics: Mobility, Healthcare, Patient Safety, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Patient ID in Ambulatory Settings

Posted by Andy Tippet November 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM


According a recent article in Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine, “the number of outpatient surgeries grew by 40% over a ten year period …Although nearly two-thirds of U.S. surgeries are performed in the ambulatory setting, little is known about patient safety and care quality in this arena. But that’s quickly changing.”

One of the keys to patient safety, implemented extensively throughout hospitals, is the ability to positively identify patients, primarily through barcoded wristbands. Though these wristbands have not been as widespread in the ambulatory setting, the critical need to increase patient safety in this area of the continuum means that soon patients will receive these identifiers regardless of the time it takes to receive their healthcare.


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Wristbands, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Are you compliant? Every medical device exported to the US now needs a unique ID

Posted by Zebra EMEA January 16, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Back in September 2013 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). GUDID is a publicly searchable database administered by the FDA that will serve as a reference catalogue for every device with an identifier. Under the UDI final rule, the labeller of each medical device labelled with a unique device identifier (UDI) must submit information concerning that device to the GUDID, unless subject to an exception or alternative.

Yes, it’s a US compliance guideline – but if you’re thinking you’re outside the US and it doesn’t apply to you, think again. If you’re a medical industry manufacturer and you’re exporting to the US, the guidelines apply to you, too.


Topics: Healthcare, Barcodes, Manufacturing, Link-OS Environment, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Barcoding in our hospitals: because we’re only human

Posted by Zebra EMEA December 10, 2013 at 6:50 AM


If there’s anyone we put our ultimate trust in, it’s our doctors.

And rightly so –your GP knows all about you: your age, your blood type, your allergies, your medical history and the medication that you take. Your records are safely stored in a database, which could be accessed by other medical professionals in an emergency situation.


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Wristbands, Identification, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Wising up – not dumbing down to improve patient safety

Posted by Zebra EMEA December 5, 2013 at 5:40 AM


Barcodes on drugs? Whatever for? They’re already labelled, aren’t they?

And barcodes on patients? It’s so impersonal. They shouldn’t be treated as though they were tins of baked beans.

And what about the medical staff scanning those barcodes? These are trained people. They shouldn’t be made to feel as though they’re reduced to operating a supermarket checkout, surely?


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Identification, ZebraEMEA,, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA