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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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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: North America, Healthcare, Patient Identification, Barcodes

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: North America, Healthcare, Asset Management, RFID

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: North America, Healthcare, 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, Patient Identification, North America

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, Patient Identification, North America

Visibility that’s Visionary – See What Can Happen, When You See it All

Posted by Zebra Global September 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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Ever wonder how much more productive your business could be if you had visibility into all aspects of your operation? In today’s world everything is becoming more and more connected and it’s happening at an exponential rate.  In order to stay ahead of your competition, it’s imperative that you see into every corner of your operation from a vantage point that delivers a clear advantage. 

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Topics: North America, Latin America, EMEA, APAC, Visibility that's Visionary

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, Patient Identification, North America

Visionaries in Visibility: Beyond Big Data

Posted by Zebra Global September 22, 2016 at 8:30 AM

We’ve all heard the buzz phrase “big data.” It refers to the practice of collecting information on customers, operations and other key data sets in your business. But what many companies forget is that in order to benefit from big data, you can’t just collect the data – you need to be able to analyze it and act on it to improve your business. Until recently, this has been no small task. 

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Topics: North America, Latin America, EMEA, APAC, Visibility that's Visionary

Visionaries in Visibility: The World in 2020

Posted by Zebra Global September 15, 2016 at 8:30 AM

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The world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution that will fundamentally transform the way we live, work and play. Already, technology is blurring the lines between the physical and digital worlds with more and more physical assets being monitored and improved using digital technologies.

Today, 5 billion physical assets are connected through the Internet of Things (IoT), and an estimated 5.5 million new physical assets are connecting every single day. By 2020, industry pundits predict that 21 billion physical “things” will be connected through IoT, giving the world unprecedented visibility into physical assets. 

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Topics: North America, Latin America, EMEA, APAC, Visibility that's Visionary

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, Patient Identification, North America