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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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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

mPOS: Outside the Lines in Retail

Posted by Garry Reichert May 3, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Like millions of others, last November I ventured out on Black Friday to take advantage of some great deals.  The lines upon lines of people shocked me.

Now, I know you’re thinking, “Garry, how can you be shocked at lines on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year?” Well, it’s not that I was shocked at the number of people shopping; it was the actual lines themselves.

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Topics: Retail, North America, OEM, mPOS

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

The Future is Now: The Tech Trends Reshaping Retail

Posted by Zebra N. America March 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM


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They are “digital natives” that have been at the leading edge of the technological revolution marked by the rise of online shopping and the ubiquity of smartphones. And they are the first generation of ever-connected consumers.

Meet the Millennials: Born between 1980 and 1995, this demographic cohort has eclipsed those iconic Baby Boomers to become the world’s largest buying group.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, Future of Retail, retail technology

Retail Industry Bets Big on the Internet of Things

Posted by Zebra N. America March 13, 2017 at 8:00 AM

 

updated-blog-image.jpgThe Internet has sent a myriad of industries into a disruptive tailspin, and the retail sector is no exception.

Now merchants are turning to the very instrument that pushed them into a defensive crouch to catalyze innovation, operational efficiencies and growth, according to Zebra’s 2017 Global Retail Vision Study.

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Topics: RFID, Retail, North America, IoT, Future of Retail, Enterprise Asset Intelligence, retail technology, retail study

OEM Gaming – Betting on Hybrids

Posted by Garry Reichert March 6, 2017 at 8:00 AM

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Over the past decade, the auto industry has been placing big bet investments on hybrids. 

As defined, a hybrid is something combining two different sources to take advantage of the best characteristics of each. For automobiles, that usually means a blend of an internal combustion engine with a fuel-cell battery to deliver strong performance, reliability and efficiency at the lowest cost. 

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Topics: North America, OEM, Hospitality, Gaming

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