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Zebra Technologies Introduces ZMotif CardStudio Card Design Software

Posted December 9, 2010

Zebra ZMotif Card StudioClassic, Standard or Professional CardStudio Software Offered for Basic to Advanced Card Design and Printing

Zebra Technologies, announces the release of its ZMotif CardStudio card design and issuance software suite this week. CardStudio is a Zebra card design software application for intuitive design, encoding and printing of simple to complex design cards. CardStudio is available now, in 11 different languages worldwide.

Ideal for a variety of markets, CardStudio is easy to use right out-of-the box. Users are able to design cards for access control, gift cards, loyalty and club cards, school identification and library cards, and visitor badges. This software is optimised for all Zebra card printers including: direct-to-card, retransfer, current and legacy models, and contains many new features and benefits for anyone looking at designing and printing cards. CardStudio’s Direct-to-Printer (D2P) technology optimises print quality and performance by providing advanced print control functionality from card design elements directly to the printer. New capabilities and features such as new software only license manager, and D2P print technology demonstrate Zebra’s commitment to deliver and innovate productivity software for ID cards across a wide range of industries and hardware/software solutions.

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Zebra Z-Band Fun and Z-Band Splash Durable Water-resistant Wristbands

Posted December 8, 2010

Durable material and water-resistant adhesive creates a wristband that last for days; Hi-resolution images enable easy cashless payment options for guests.

Zebra Technologies, announced the launch of the Z-Band Fun and Z-Band Splash wristbands. The economical bar coded wristbanding solutions are ideal for amusement parks, theme and water parks, sporting events, and concerts. The wristband’s on-demand printing capability promises to create a splash in the amusement and attraction market.

The Z-Band Splash wristband features a durable, water-resistant adhesive which is perfect for water parks, resorts and cruise lines. Using direct thermal printing, Z-Band Fun bar coded wristbands can offer entertainment venues significant benefits compared to RFID wristbands.

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Zebra ZXP Series 3 Card Printer for Smart Card Applications Announced

Posted December 8, 2010

Zebra Technologies announced the new ZXP Series 3 card printer. Available in the first quarter of 2011, the ZXP Series 3 extends Zebra’s card printer product line with a new model that combines performance and affordability in a small footprint ideally suited for most card printing and encoding applications.

The ZXP Series 3 is unique to the card printing market, employing several advanced features that provide best-in-class performance at an attractive price point. The ZXP Release 3 ZRaster host-based image processing technology takes advantage of the increased processing power of today’s PCs to significantly optimise image and print quality while increasing overall print speed throughput. This permits greater sophistication in image optimisations without sacrificing printer speed or adding cost. Additionally, new Zebra high performance card ribbons employ an improved chemical formulation specifically designed for fast high-quality image printing. Zebra is first to market with the new ribbons, which provide more efficient dye transfer and greater durability under printing conditions. Both these innovations work together to provide better image quality and faster throughput without compromising reliability or cost.

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Zebra CardStudio: New ID Card Printer Software from Zebra

Posted November 23, 2010

Zebra is excited to announce CardStudio™ id card software for Zebra® card printers. CardStudio will be available as a stand-alone or bundled product, and will support all current and legacy Zebra id card printers—both direct-to-card and retransfer.

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Honeywell And Zebra Technologies Ally To Deliver Seamless Mobile Computing, Barcode Scanning And Printing Solutions

Posted October 27, 2010

Relationship brings advanced automatic identification solutions to serve customers in healthcare, self-service and field mobility segments

Honeywell and Zebra Technologies, a global leader in label printing and automatic identification solutions, announced the formation of an alliance to market and sell advanced automatic identification solutions. The agreement enables both companies to deliver cutting-edge mobile computing, scanning and printing solutions for the healthcare, self-service and field mobility industries.

“Zebra’s strong brand recognition throughout the AIDC marketplace and its position as a global market leader make it a perfect strategic partner as we build out our product offerings,” said John Waldron, vice president of worldwide marketing, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility. “After integrating both Hand Held Products and Metrologic, we have turned our sights to building a global champion. An important part of this growth lies in working with world-class industry players like Zebra.”

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital use Bar Codes to Improve Asset Management

Posted October 13, 2010

Zebra PrintersChallenge: Throughout the U.S., almost one in five medication doses administered in hospitals is given in error, according to a recent Archives of Internal Medicine study. As a pioneer in patient safety, the Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) wanted to decrease those odds by creating an automated safeguard for preparing and administering prescription medications. BWH concluded that bar code scanning was the optimal system to improve safety and accuracy at all points. An effective system would require an individual bar code label on all prescription medications, however, only about half of the pharmaceuticals shipped to the hospital were marked with unit-of-use bar codes.

When BWH was planning its systems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was considering a new rule to require unit-of-use bar code pharmaceutical labeling. The hospital didn’t wait for the FDA to require bar code labels on individual medications, and it did not rely on its suppliers to provide them. Instead, the hospital relied on printers from Zebra Technologies to produce individual two-dimensional (2-D) bar code labels for more than 3.5 million pharmaceuticals per year.

Solution: BWH implemented a system using bar code scanning to track and record pharmaceuticals from the time they are processed in the pharmacy until they are administered to the patient. Bar codes are also applied to patient wristbands, employee ID badges, prescription orders and lab samples to facilitate automated tracking and error-free information recording.

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Raising the Bar for Positive Patient Identification

Posted October 13, 2010

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The Challenge
The concept of ‘positive patient identification’ is much talked-about in the
medical world, and is a fundamental requirement for correct patient care. This phrase covers all types of verification and identification practices which effect patients, hospitals and procedures. Using patient ID wristbands goes a long way to ensure the correct drugs are assigned to the correct patient – as handwritten wristbands can be misread, easily damaged or even lost.

Previously ward nurses would have to hand write all patient wristbands using information from the patients medical history. By eliminating this manual process, the hospital would save time for medical staff, allowing them to focus on other aspects of their jobs.

It was also important that the key patient demographics were taken from the hospital information system to avoid the risk of transcription errors.

Effective barcodes
According to Helena Roddy, Haemovigilance Officer, Portiuncula Hospital:
“We wanted to implement a blood tracking system to assist with compliance to the EU Blood Directive. The first step in this process was to introduce barcoded patient identification wristbands”

“Implementation and support were also key” Roddy continued. ”We needed a solution which required minimal maintenance and expense.”

The hospital chose a Zebra solution of printers and wristbands for use with all its adult patients and installed six LP 2844-Z printers throughout the hospital as well as working with hospital staff to design the wristband. This design was key to its success, and had to contain the patient’s name, date of birth, sex, and hospital number.

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Bar Coded Wrist Bands are Healthy Solution to Hospital’s Tracking Procedure

Posted October 13, 2010

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Challenge: South Central Regional Medical Center needed to keep up-to-date with technology to provide their patients the utmost in care. They needed a system that would allow them to verify the patient’s identity before performing any procedures in the facility.

Solution: The Medical Center installed Zebra® Stripe® thermal transfer printers to print Z-Band™ wristbands. All wristbands are printed with the patient’s name, identification number, date of birth and gender. This same information is also embedded in a bar code along with the patient’s accounting charge number. The wristbands are clearly readable, easily scannable and more durable than traditional methods.

Application: Various departments throughout the hospital also use the bar code printers. For example, from a nursing station, a doctor issues orders specifying which tests need to be performed on which patients. This generates bar coded labels on the Stripe printers in Hematology. The hematologists take the labels to the patient floor and scan the patient’s wristbands to verify the patients’ identity. When a specimen is collected, it is labeled at bedside to ensure positive identification. The labeled samples are brought back to the lab where the various tests are performed. Once the tests are completed, the scanner releases the patient information into the hospital computer to update the patient’s chart.

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Pioneering Radio Frequency Tagging for Positive Patient Identification

Posted October 13, 2010

Zebra Patient WristbandsIn 2004 and 2005 alone, the UK’s NHS (National Health Service) faced over £400 million (about $616.2 million) worth of clinical negligence claims. One of the key causes being patient misidentification. The National Patient Safety Agency states this causes 19% of all hospital errors.

UK Government estimates that errors associated with mistaken identity costs the NHS approximately £2 billion (about $3.1 billion) in extra bed days. Similarly, the NHS continues to come under attack for inefficiency. Despite this, many hospitals have been unable to improve accountability with any significant results. Operation delays are one of patients’ top complaints. Currently there is an estimated 80 minutes per day wasted due to slowness in getting patients to theatre on time.

The Birmingham Heartlands Hospital is part of The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. It is one of the largest in England serving half a million people and caring for 574,000 patients a year. In this busy hospital environment, information accuracy is essential for providing the best possible patient care. Determined to reduce errors and improve efficiency, The Birmingham Heartlands Hospital needed to develop a new system for managing patient identification through the operation process.

Radio tagging to avoid misidentification
“We wanted to take advantage of the latest technology to implement new patient safety standards and improve the efficiency of our operating theaters,” said consultant surgeon David Morgan. “We rely on patients’ wristbands to give us the right information to provide every aspect of their treatment from administering medication, transfusing blood to carrying out surgical procedures. Given its critical role in patient care, any system we developed had to based around the RFID wristband.”

Heartlands Hospital worked with Zebra to develop a new process that used technology to drive patient safety and efficiency. The resulting solution combines Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tagging with real-time process software using PDAs and Zebra® printers and wristbands. When admitted, the patient is photographed and given a printed wristband with an embedded RFID tag. The patient’s digital image is part of the patient record identification through the operation process.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Turns to 2-D Bar Codes at Bedside

Posted October 13, 2010

Zebra LP 2844Challenge
An early adopter of healthcare IT, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) began implementing bar coding for bedside medication verification in 2007 as part of its organization-wide initiative to enhance patient safety.

SVMC—which operates a 99-bed flagship facility along with rehabilitation, long-term care, hospice and home care, advanced cancer treatment, and primary care services—received funding support for this initiative through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Even though the incidence of errors was rare at SVMC, the project aims to decrease the potential for medication transcription and administration mistakes through the use of bar coding and e-MAR technologies.

According to Charles Still, senior systems analyst at SVMC, the key to a successful implementation lies in helping nurses and clinicians verify patient identification and medications with the greatest possible ease and reliability. “We reviewed both bar code symbologies and print technologies thoroughly in light of the needs of our patients, clinicians and the hospital mission,” says Still. “Each symbology has its own pros and cons.
The same is true for standard laser printers and thermal printers.We knew our decisions in each of these areas could affect ease of use and reliability of both patient identification and medication scanning at the bedside.”

Solution
For patient identification and medication labeling, SVMC opted for two-dimensional (2-D) bar codes over linear bar codes. Two-dimensional bar codes—in SVMC’s case, the Data Matrix format—provide more flexibility than linear codes. Still offers three primary reasons for the decision.

First, ease of use is crucial because a cumbersome scanning process can lead to workarounds that jeopardize patient care. Linear symbologies are larger, and therefore harder to scan on a curved wristband. Because smaller 2-D symbols are readable from any angle and can be repeated around the length of the wristband, there’s often no need to disturb a sleeping patient just to get a positive scan. “If a nurse is administering an IV drug late at night, he or she can scan any spot on the wristband, from any angle, and get a positive patient identification,” says Still.

Second, error rates for 2-D symbologies are 10 to 20 times lower than for linear codes. Perhaps more importantly, 2-D images can withstand more wrinkling and damage and still remain readable.

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