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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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Arab Health 2016 is a Smash Hit for Zebra Technologies

Posted by Franck Riout February 2, 2016 at 8:10 AM


Boasting a record-breaking attendance of over 130,000 medical professionals from across the globe, the 41st Arab Health exhibition and congress was a smashing success. With representatives from more than 4000 companies involved over the 4 days, the event presented attendees with the perfect opportunity to network and discover the latest products, technologies and services in the healthcare industry. 


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Internet of Things, Zatar

Changing Perceptions: How Global Healthcare Standards Help to Treat Patient Unease

Posted by Franck Riout May 28, 2015 at 10:12 AM



Just over one in every four respondents to a European Commission Survey published this year had experienced an adverse event while under hospital care. Whilst this should be cause for concern in its own right, there has also been a significant increase in the proportion of adverse events reported, rising from 28% in 2009 to 46% in 2014.


Topics: Patient Safety, Barcodes, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Whitepaper Alert! Selecting the Right Label to Identify Your Finished Product

Posted by Zebra Global March 17, 2015 at 8:03 AM


Product identification labels are now viewed as a as a critical mechanism for maintaining compliance, ensuring brand consistency, improving operational efficiency, and supporting business growth. They are the final link between your company and key stakeholders including customers, consumers, care givers, patients, and regulators.


Topics: Patient Safety, Internet of Things, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA, Identificación

The Internet of Things is Advancing the Healthcare Industry

Posted by Zebra Global February 17, 2015 at 11:29 AM


The second in a series of blogs taking a closer look at Zebra's 2014 global study, commissioned by Forrester Consulting, on IoT implementation in the enterprise. The series will culminate in a Twitter chat discussing the Internet of Things.

The healthcare industry is constantly looking to adopt advanced technology to provide better care to their patients. According to a survey released by Zebra Technologies last November; one of the biggest technological initiatives currently in the healthcare industry is the Internet of Things (IoT). Nearly 100 percent of surveyed healthcare professionals – 97 percent to be exact - agree that the IoT is the most strategic solutions their organization will undertake this decade.


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, Internet of Things, Visible Value Chain, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

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

Sample Identification in the Surgery Center

Posted by Andy Tippet July 22, 2014 at 9:09 AM


For quite some time healthcare facilities have been providing positive identification for samples in the laboratory.  These IDs are largely in the form of barcoded labels that enable lab staff to easily process samples without incurring misidentifications.  However, providing identification through barcoded labels of tissues and samples taken during surgery has not been as common.   


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

Data Capture and Analytics in Healthcare

Posted by Andy Tippet June 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM




The discovery and communication of meaningful patterns in data has helped to drive the success of many industries, from retail to insurance.  However, the use of analytics to improve outcomes in the healthcare industry has not gained as much ground – until now.


Topics: Healthcare, Patient Safety, APAC, North 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