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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.

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  • 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
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Demystifying PPID

Posted by Zebra EMEA August 16, 2016 at 12:17 PM


Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, mistakes inevitably occur within the healthcare sector. The World Health Organisation found that around 23% of European Union citizens claim to have been directly affected by medical error. Whilst many mistakes are easily rectified, the consequences for some unwitting patients can be serious harm or even death.


Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, Internet of Things, EMEA, Patient Identification

What to consider when choosing a patient wristband

Posted by Zebra EMEA May 13, 2016 at 7:41 AM


Accurate patient identification (ID) is vital if a hospital is to protect its patients and staff, and provide the best standard of care. Fundamental to ensuring this is a hospital’s use of patient wristbands. In our survey of public and private hospitals throughout Europe, conducted by IDG on behalf of Zebra Technologies, we wanted to learn what decisions hospitals are making with regards to patient wristbands and why.


Topics: Healthcare, Wristbands, EMEA, Patient Identification

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

Brilliant barcoding: the big brains in a band

Posted by Zebra EMEA April 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM


We’ve all heard the stereotype that doctors have illegible handwriting. And though that may not always be true, the need for things to be written by hand is diminishing – and for good reason.

Barcode technology is increasingly being utilised in the medical industry, to check and verify patient records, to link samples and test results to patients, and to provide medical professionals with other vital information, at the touch of a button.


Topics: RFID, Healthcare, Barcodes, Wristbands, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

Enhancing your event experience with tracking technology

Posted by Zebra EMEA March 25, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Today, delegate and sponsor expectations are higher than ever – and there is ever-increasing pressure placed on the event industry to keep up with these constantly growing demands. From festivals and flower shows to symposiums and seminars, those attending, funding and working at events want nothing short of the best.

This can prove a challenge, especially with the significant projected growth of the industry, which means that event organisers are handling bigger budgets – and therefore bigger visitor numbers.

In these times of austerity, ROI is a watchword for businesses – but with this in mind, do we really get value for money when we attend an event, as either a delegate or a sponsor?

Thanks to modern tracking technologies that can improve efficiency, profitability and event experience, the answer can be “yes”.



Topics: RFID, Security, Barcodes, Wristbands, 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

Best Practices for Bar Code Wristband Formatting

Posted by Sabine Nickel July 5, 2011 at 10:58 AM

How Get the Most from Your Wristband Deployment

There’s plenty of case information proving that bar coded wristbands can help improve patient safety, boost quality of care, and achieve industry mandates. But, not all wristband deployments take advantage of the full value bar coding can deliver. Realizing the most benefit requires that the information provided on the wristband must afford easy readability, and deliver the correct information.

If you are looking at various patient ID solutions, you must take into account formatting considerations to ensure you make the optimal choice. This is especially crucial during the first 30 days of looking at a patient ID solution.


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

It’s All in the Wrist: Cashless Payment Wristbands

Posted by Danielle Kennedy July 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM

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Topics: Wristbands, APAC, North America, Latin America, EMEA

It’s all in the Wrist – Bar Code Wristbands for Improved Accuracy

Posted by Sabine Nickel February 23, 2011 at 9:42 AM

An accelerated trend toward reducing administrative costs while improving the quality of care are driving the widespread adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems at hospitals nationwide. To this end, bar code-based systems are proven in their ability to boost the accuracy of patient records, minimize errors, and enhance the overall safety of care.


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

Patient Wristband: Critical IT Consideration #4—Patient Comfort

Posted by Jan Nash January 26, 2011 at 10:47 AM

When evaluating a patient wristbanding solution, the most critical consideration for IT decision-makers is its impact on patient safety. We’ve also explored business and performance issues such as the wristbanding solution’s total cost of ownership—including cost of hardware and supplies and ease of integration and support—and its ease and efficiency of use by staff. Now let’s take a look at the final consideration, patient comfort.bar code patient wristband

Consideration #4: Patient Comfort


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