Zebra brings technology to healthcare sector
20-03-2015 00:00:00
Zebra brings technology to healthcare sector
Zebra Technologies, a market leader in barcode marking and printing technologies, has unveiled its extensive range of products – including new mobile barcode printers - designed specifically for healthcare sector, at the recently held Arab Health 2015 in Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE.

Zebra will be showing its comprehensive healthcare products and solutions in the forthcoming HIMSS 2015, a five-day health IT event scheduled to be held from April 12 at Central Time Chicago, McCormick Place.

At Arab Health 2015, Zebra acknowledged its strategic ties with Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, which introduced Zebra printers to enhance patient identification through wristbands and labelling and also pharmacy and pathology usages.

Printing plays a major role in the healthcare sector helping patient and staff identification apart from labelling bedside specimens and samples at the point of collection (POC), which helps to reduce the risk of adverse events and errors.

The Zebra mobile and desktop healthcare printing products are already in use in many countries across hospital operations from patient admission desk to the bedside, as well as in hospital pharmacy and medical laboratory, according to a report in Trade Arabia News Service.

Hospitals can print vital data such as prescription labels and dosage information, bedside sample collection, staff ID cards and patient ID wristbands using Zebra’s solutions.

Zebra’s healthcare printers such as QLn (QLn220HC or QLn320HC) are small and light and can be easily carried either on a trolley or a belt clip and can deliver labels at point of care, thus saving money and time while improving patient experience and safety.

These devices are simple and easy to operate either individually, in groups or remotely through designed-in connectivity (Zebra’s Link-OS environment) and apps using devices such as iPhone and iPad, the report further stated.

Other advantages are as these devices are constructed using disinfectant-ready and durable materials, they can be easily and quickly washed and maintained in between every use.

“We want error-free patient identification through labels and wristbands and also in pathology and pharmacy where we have to match the right patient with the right sample or drug. Providing clear identification in human readable form and in barcodes (1D or 2D) is a vital part of our workflow,” a senior official from Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar said.

Zebra Technologies’ territory manager, Middle East, Pratik Kajaria, said:  “Our printers are designed to meet the needs of the healthcare environment and service providers and the quality standards demanded by industry regulators.”

‘‘Patient mislabelling and misidentification in a hospital can lead to serious safety hazards for patients and these printers can be used from admission to the patient’s bedside, It’s all about making hospitals safer and more productive,” Pratik added.
-K Ramanathan ram@justransact.com

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