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Mobile Device Convergence in Healthcare

Posted August 18, 2014

2014-08-18_1020Smartphones have transformed the way healthcare providers communicate, and these mobile devices are poised to revolutionize the way hospitals deliver care in 2014 and beyond.

Texting long ago surpassed voice calls as the favored method of communication among the general population, and it is rapidly gaining favor in hospitals. Doctors and nurses already exchange patient related texts on their own personal phones at many facilities, and as more hospitals issue mobile devices to employees, the ability to communicate quickly and access and update patient data on the move has become a critical function.

Deploying mobile, flexible, and reliable IT tools to caregivers is a top priority for provider organizations that not only need to meet new regulatory and technology requirements, but want to do so efficiently. At Cedars-Sinai Hospital in California, for example, the combination of smartphones and a new software solution to help prioritize alarms resulted in faster response times for emergency conditions, and a 50 percent reduction in overhead pages. Laboratory values are received 10 minutes faster and nurses are able to spend more time at the bedsides of patients who require their attention, according to a case study published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Zebra Expands Healthcare Solutions with New GK420 Desktop Printer

Posted August 1, 2014

Zebra GK420 PrinterEnsuring patient safety is one of the primary issues facing the healthcare industry:

  • Healthcare workers must keep all tools that come into contact with patients clean of any potential germs, blood or other infectious liquids to ensure patient safety.
  • Additionally, power supply units for medical electrical equipment used throughout healthcare facilities must be certified to meet IEC 60601-1 specifications. Complying with these standards can be complex and costly.

As part of an ongoing commitment to support the healthcare industry, Zebra is announcing the availability of the new GK420 Series Healthcare printer. Engineered for years of performance in demanding healthcare environments, the GK420 Healthcare product is an extension of Zebra’s popular GK420 printer, with new features exclusively designed to meet the needs of healthcare professionals: Continue reading »


Motorola’s New CS4070-HC Pocket-Sized Barcode Scanner for Healthcare

Posted July 29, 2014

cs4070-hcPocket-sized barcode scanner designed for healthcare helps improve patient safety and the patient experience.

Motorola’s new disinfectant-ready Symbol CS4070-HC wireless handheld Bluetooth scanner provides nurses and lab technicians with the ability to scan both 1D and 2D barcodes at the patient bedside to help prevent errors in medication administration and specimen collection. Healthcare workers can improve the patient experience by easily adjusting the pocket-sized scanner to “night” mode to avoid disturbing resting patients.

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Ensure Patient Safety with Datalogic’s GD4400-HC and GM4400-HC

Posted July 14, 2014

Datalogic Gryphon I GM4400-HC 2D ScannerDatalogic brings a new and innovative scanner to take a step in improving sanitation hospital wide. With their new Gryphon GD4400-HC and GM4400-HC anti-microbial barcode scanners, the spread of disease, like the devastating MRSA, which claimed 5,500 lives, becomes more preventable.

The Gryphon GD4400-HC 2D and the Gryphon GM4400-HC 2D readers can scan nearly all 1D and 2D barcodes and can even read barcodes off of troublesome LCD monitors, smartphones, and other mobile devices. In addition, they have improved motion tolerance from their previous models, which increases accuracy and gives them the ability to capture images like signatures, IDs, or prescriptions. Both Gryphon readers got rid of the “flicker effect” known to be found in many competing scanners, which encourages all-day usage. The scanners also include a visible 4-Dot aimer feature which clearly indicates the reading area.

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Zebra’s QLn Series is Now MFi Certified and Healthcare Approved

Posted July 3, 2014

Zebra’s popular QLn Series, QLn220/QLn320/QLn420, of printers has recently been enhanced with exciting new features. Now “Made for iPOD/iPhone/iPad” (MFi) certified, these printers support Apple mobile operating systems as well as Android  and Windows Mobile platforms. What’s more, the complete family of QLn printers now leverages Zebra’s Link-OS environment, making it easier than ever to integrate into operations and manage from any location around the globe! And best of all, you get all of these new features without having to pay extra – the cost is the same as the older models!

And as if that weren’t enough, Zebra is also excited to announce the release of their QLn320 and QLN220 Healthcare Printers, which is an extension of their user-friendly QLn printers that have been designed specifically with healthcare facilities’ needs in mind. They are constructed using durable, disinfectant-ready materials so they can be cleaned quickly and easily between each use. Collecting and labeling information at the patient’s bedside has never been more efficient!

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Datalogic Introduces the Elf Healthcare PDA

Posted July 3, 2014

Datalogic Elf Healthcare Mobile ComputerDatalogic has announced the availability of their new Elf Healthcare PDA. This ergonomic PDA boasts an enclosure made of chemical resistant plastics – enabling it to withstand daily cleaning with harsh disinfectant solutions commonly found in various healthcare settings such as Sani-cloth cleaners, CaviWipes and others.

The Elf Healthcare PDA is a product line extension of the robust Datalogic Elf PDA, capitalizing on its ergonomics and proven reliability. The Elf Healthcare PDA is equipped with the Datalogic patented ‘Green Spot’ and a vibrating alert providing good read feedback while avoiding noisy beeps. These two features help to ensure quiet, restful scanning during patient bedside applications.

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TSC Adds New TDP-324W Wristband and TDP-324 Label Desktop Printers

Posted June 6, 2014

2014-06-06_0917TSC has added two new high-resolution printers, the TDP-324W wristband printer and the TDP-324 desktop printer, to its growing line of direct-thermal desktop products.

TDP-324W Wristband Printer

The two-inch-format TDP-324W is engineered to print high-definition wristbands used for patient identification, entertainment ticketing and various government applications, including restricted-area access and visitor identification.

Standard features include a 300-dpi printhead, a large 6.5-inch-diameter media cabinet, and an easy-to-read LCD that displays printer status. The TDP-324W can be operated either as a standalone desktop or wall-mounted printer and supports USB 2.0 and Ethernet communications. It also features a USB-host port for connecting keyboards or scanners.

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Zebra’s New QLn Healthcare Series Portable Printers

Posted May 16, 2014

Zebra QLn320 Healthcare Portable PrinterZebra has announced updates to its comprehensive healthcare portfolio, including its mobile specimen collection solution. The addition of the QLn Healthcare Solutions Series will expand the capabilities of the QLn220 and QLn320 mobile printers that ensure patient safety and lower the risk of mislabeling specimen samples. The QLn220 Healthcare and QLn320 Healthcare meet the specimen labeling standards of both the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institutes (CLSI).

Misidentification of specimen samples leads to tens of thousands of adverse events annually throughout the healthcare system. To battle this alarming trend, Zebra developed the QLn Healthcare printer to enable clinicians to label samples at the patient’s bedside, reducing the chance of error. The QLn solution also utilizes colored labels to provide assurance that labels are easily identified and managed quickly and properly. The QLn devices meet comprehensive disinfectant standards and provide an enhanced user experience and connectivity capabilities that are needed in today’s healthcare industry.

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ASAP Systems Announces Healthcare Industry Expansion with Passport Inventory System to Track Medical Inventory and Assets

Posted March 20, 2014

ASAP Passport Assets Asset Tracking SoftwareA high volume of organizations within the healthcare industry relies on ASAP Systems’ inventory and asset tracking system, Passport, to quickly and easily track inventory to save time and money and improve stock management performance. Healthcare organizations such as hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical enterprises and clinics gain immediate efficiency using Passport for top-notch inventory control of medical equipment, consumable medical supplies, and material and document management coordination.

With Passport, managing healthcare supplies becomes an automated process to save time, reduce shrinkage and allocate resources in the most proficient way. Medication and supplies are easily and accurately tracked in Passport using batch-lot numbers with expiration dates; thus, improving performance in batch-lot inventory management. In addition, healthcare organizations are able to track other inventories such as standard, serialized and serialized with quantity to reduce unexpected shortages and reduce time to receive and consume inventory.

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Honeywell Introduces New SL2h and SL42h Healthcare Mobile Devices at HIMSS14

Posted March 4, 2014

Honeywell announced the expansion of its successful Captuvo line of encasements for Apple devices at the HIMSS14 Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando. The Captuvo SL22h and SL42h, designed for healthcare environments, equip iPod touch (5TH generation) and iPhone (5, 5c and 5s) devices with the power of barcode data collection to increase productivity and support healthcare “Converged Device” strategies.

The SL22h and SL42h sleds are lightweight and have a compact design that reduces user fatigue by offering single-handed functionality for clinical staff performing a variety of tasks, including medication administration, specimen collection and remote patient monitoring. Its purpose-built protective housing is designed to withstand multiple 4-foot drops, offers critical screen protection and provides a reliable solution for data collection in rigorous healthcare settings. And a disinfectant-ready housing allows healthcare professionals to regularly clean the device minimizing the risk of spreading infectious diseases.

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