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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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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

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

Patient Wristbands: Critical IT Consideration #3—Efficiency

Posted by Jan Nash November 19, 2010 at 9:31 AM

When choosing a patient wristband solution, IT decision-makers need to consider the differences between thermal and laser printers, and the printers’ effect on efficiency.

Consideration #3: Ease of Use and Process EfficiencyWristband app healthcare small

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

Goodbye Bulky Workflow - Welcome Healthcare Automation

Posted by Sabine Nickel November 4, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Implementing the IT portion of health care reform is more than just digitizing and securing patient records. The real benefits come from streamlining workflows and reducing administrative overheard—with the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of care and patient safety. Doing so requires that all steps in the health care process, from patient check-in, administration, to the actual point of care are efficient and accurate.

Manual Data Management Increases Errors and Costs

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

Patient Wristbands: Critical IT Consideration #2 (part 2)

Posted by Jan Nash November 2, 2010 at 10:44 AM

It’s critical for IT decision-makers to consider the impact of their patient wristbanding solution choice on patient safety. It is also important to consider total cost of ownership, including cost of hardware and supplies. Today, in Part 2 of Total Cost of Ownership, we explore the effect of ease of integration and support on total cost of ownership … Wristband app healthcare small

Consideration #2: Total Cost of Ownership—IT Integration & Support

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

Patient Wristbands: Critical IT Consideration #2

Posted by Jan Nash October 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

It’s critical for IT decision-makers to consider the impact of their patient wristbanding solution choice on patient safety, as we recently discussed. It is also important to consider business and performance issues such as cost of ownership.Wristband app healthcare small

Consideration #2: Total Cost of Ownership—Hardware & Supplies Costs

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

1 Safe Way to Fulfill the 5 Rights of Medication Administration

Posted by Tim Dreyer October 1, 2010 at 8:48 AM

A well-known procedure to avoid medical errors is to verify the ”Five Rights” of medication administration:

Right Patient. Right Drug. Right Amount. Right Route. Right Time.

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

4 Critical IT Considerations: Evaluating Patient Wristband Solutions

Posted by Tim Dreyer September 28, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Durable Zebra patient ID wristbandWhen evaluating a patient wristbanding solution, sure, it’s important for IT decision-makers to consider business and performance issues such as cost of ownership, ease and efficiency of use by staff, and comfort for the patient. But let’s start with the most critical consideration—the impact of your choice on patient safety!

Consideration #1: Enhancing Patient Safety

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

3-D thinking: Visions of Positive Patient ID

Posted by Tim Dreyer September 22, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Bar coding in hospitalsThe main patient safety goal of many hospitals has always been to “improve the accuracy of patient identification,” mostly with bar coding solutions.

But before deciding which specific solution you should purchase—make sure your hospital’s bar coding vision is clear! Otherwise you might end up purchasing products that are not user-friendly, are not integrated well enough, or are just work-arounds and are never used.

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

NY annual report: Manual data management source for infections and errors in hospitals

Posted by Tim Dreyer September 16, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Over the last weeks, several states published their annual reports on hospital-acquired infections.

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

See Patented IQ Color at McKesson, Cerner Health Conferences

Posted by Tim Dreyer September 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM

If you happen to be at the McKesson Insight User Conference this week, or the Cerner Health Conference Oct. 10–13, don’t miss seeing how hospitals are using patented IQ Color direct thermal ink technology for printing color on demand—adding different visual cues to wristbands, pharmacy labels, and STAT labels as needed.

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