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Pioneering technology for patient care

December 6th, 2019

In the hospital, there are countless demands on your time – from locating patient forms to EHR data entry. What these hospitals need then is pioneering technology that smooths disruptions and improves clinician well-being while simplifying cumbersome tasks – so you can focus on what's important – patient care. 

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The future of blockchain within the supply chain

December 6th, 2019

Hundreds of businesses are jumping into what blockchain has to offer. Early investors have come to find that there is tangible proof surrounding the positive benefits of how blockchain is integrating itself into supply chain management. Companies using blockchain will likely save more money, by losing fewer products/items and be...

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Proper traceability and decontamination of surgical instruments can save lives

December 2th, 2019

Decontamination services are a vital support function within healthcare and enable the proper cleaning and sterilisation of reusable surgical instruments. Being able to ensure full traceability of devices and to comply with the new unique device identification (UDI) regulatory requirements being introduced by the EU in 2020 is b...

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How to simply boost patient care with the use of a printer

December 2th, 2019

Hospitals are investing in barcode applications, both clinical and non-clinical, within the hospital setting. Healthcare barcodes have become the most optimal way of managing and tracking medical records, supplies, equipment, patient care, and internal logistics. Anything in a hospital which can be tagged or labeled can be barco...

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Why clinical mobility is vital to the transformation of healthcare

October 23th, 2019

In today's world, the reality is that both healthcare providers and patients want access to their data at anytime and anywhere. Plus, healthcare clinicians are continually trying to deliver safe and cost-effective patient care. Which can be a challenging task considering healthcare systems are not alleviating pressure. 

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Embracing IoT for Healthcare Medical Device Maintenance

October 23th, 2019

The healthcare landscape is continuing to change dramatically. While technology advances rapidly, the industry itself has been described as ‘increasingly fractured’, with various disciplines and departments across Europe operating in isolation. This means it’s more important than ever to adopt technology that puts efficient proc...

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IoT taking on pharmaceuticals

October 23th, 2019

IoT provides the pharmaceutical industry with several new opportunities for growth and progression in various healthcare institutions. Healthcare professionals and pharmaceuticals are now able to keep track of drug manufacturing processes, utilize preventive maintenance of equipment, all while promoting an improved supply chain ...

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Aisle to aisle increasing retail efficiency

October 23th, 2019

Look at where we've come from the days of scavenging through aisle upon aisle of products and waiting in a long line at the checkout counters. We've entered a more modern age of shopping with the best of the best technological advances popping up around every corner. According to a 2019 study by Store of the Future, approximatel...

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The Future of Healthcare: Mobile technology elevates patient care, empowers clinicians, and enhances workflows

May 24th, 2019

Are you wondering how the landscape within healthcare will look like, and how technology will transform healthcare operations and the patients experience? A 2022 Vision Study sheds light into the matter, which provides much needed information to help healthcare facilities improve their overall performance and patient care. The t...

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Get inspired, get connected

May 24th, 2019

Mobile devices are more and more used in the healthcare industry. When creating a software for these healthcare devices apart of making sure that personal data and intellectual property is secured, ISVs need to follow certain trends and be on top of the game! 

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Printing solutions for healthcare prevent medical errors

May 24th, 2019

Where urgency is paramount and time as well as resources can be limited, it's important to improve efficiencies within the healthcare industry that not only save money and boost productivity, but also improve overall patient care. That is why hospitals use several barcode applications for various occasions. Studies have shown th...

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3 Top tips on Social selling for ISVS and VARS

May 24th, 2019

What is social selling?   Social selling is the process of creating an online relationship and supporting potential customers on various social platforms, with the purpose of directly helping individuals to purchase your product. The biggest key in being successful in the last part of the sales funnel is through social selling. ...

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Serialisation & Label Validation

March 25th, 2019

In Europe, the EU Falsified Medicine Directive (FMD) came into play for all EU member states in February 2016 to fully harmonise the use of unique identifiers across the EU. The directive ensures that safety features for medicine, pharmaceutical, and medical device packaging are incorporated onto labels and packaging since Febru...

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Mobile Solutions in at-home healthcare

March 25th, 2019

At-home healthcare is a trend that is vastly growing. Mobile software and hardware solutions are making it possible to provide a multitude of healthcare solutions from the comfort of one’s home. In the long run, this is a better experience for all customers. Providers are searching for the most appropriate ways to make at-home h...

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Digital Workplaces and ISVs

March 25th, 2019

Will software applications remain as relevant as the digital workplace evolves? This is a question that many ISVs find themselves asking as we push forward in the digital age. As a demand for updated software and hardware solutions is heightened in the workplace, ISVs will need to find ways to allow end-users to conduct business...

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Eliminate the risk of error labelling in hospitals with a mobile printer

December 5th, 2018

A common problem in hospitals is the manual labelling of the sampling tubes during the blood test and the re-labelling by laser printers in the laboratory. During this process, there is a high risk of error when it comes to labelling of the patient’s tube, which at the same time is rather time-inefficient for the nurses involved...

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All you need to know about the Falsified Medicines Directive

December 5th, 2018

There are only two months left until the European Union Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) is rolled out. Starting in February 2019 EU citizens will be protected from falsified or counterfeit medicines. However, this change is going to have an enormous impact on the entire pharmaceutical supply chain.

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Taking care of the medical assets

December 5th, 2018

Healthcare facilities have an equipment problem. In 1995, the average patient had eight medical devices at their bedside. With advances in technology, by 2010 that number had grown to 13, and it continues to grow.

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How to build a smart city: The case of smart Santander

December 5th, 2018

Before going into how a smart city can be built, let’s first try and explain what a smart city is. Although there is no precise definition of a smart city, there are some components that are vital for one. A smart city first and foremost should engage the society. There is no smart city without an engaged citizen. A smart city a...

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Is the Pharma Supply Chain Ready for True Medicine Traceability?

October 31th, 2018

More than 400,000 pharmacies in Europe will be impacted by European Directive 2011/62/EU, ratified by the European Parliament in 2016 and effective in February 2019. The intent of this measure is to prevent the introduction of illegal medicine into the legal supply chain. This means pharmaceutical industry players must consolida...

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Surgical instrument labelling to improve surgery management and patient safety

October 31th, 2018

Modern surgery is often done in a hospital using surgical instruments, an operating table, and other equipment. The environment and procedures used in surgery are governed by the principles of aseptic technique: the strict separation of "sterile" items from "unsterile" or "contaminated" items. All surgical instruments that have ...

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Patient identifier wristbands eliminate medical errors

October 31th, 2018

Hospitals and senior citizen homes can benefit significantly by using medical patient identifier wristbands. Hospital ID wristbands contain a barcode, which can be scanned using a barcode scanner. This barcode provides vital information about the patient, such as their name, medical history, allergies, and medicine dosage. Hospi...

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Counterfeit prescription drugs have become an exploding industry

October 31th, 2018

Pharma fraud is a term that describes several illegal activities involving the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of pharmaceuticals. One of these activities involves counterfeit prescription of medication.

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Android: The big migration has started

October 31th, 2018

“When creating solutions, always keep in mind that everything is and should be connected. That is what takes the customer experience to the next level. We, in Google, are creating an Operating System, partners are creating the devices, and the key in this solution is how these can be used together to be able to deliver better ex...

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Finding the right patient admissions workflow solution

October 18th, 2018

Matching the right patient to the right medical history, medications and doctor's instructions is critical to providing the right care.

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How do barcode wristbands solve problems with patient identification?

October 18th, 2018

The consistent and accurate identification of patients has long presented a challenge for healthcare organisations across the globe. But with today’s technology, why should it?

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How to create the best label printing solution for healthcare

October 18th, 2018

In healthcare environments, accurate data and traceability isn’t just a target, it’s a requirement. Users need to be sure they have the best solution in place for dealing with issues where accuracy is of paramount importance, such as blood and plasma bag labelling.

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The Growth of AIDC in Healthcare

October 18th, 2018

The use of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technology in the healthcare industry has grown rapidly in recent years. As technology evolves, the industry has a multitude of opportunities to grow and change through adopting new methodologies and devices. Manufacturers are continually improving the features of scann...

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Best practice solutions for specimen collection

October 18th, 2018

Specimen labelling has recently come under greater review, as it could be the next big opportunity to improve patient safety in healthcare environments. It’s always unfortunate when specimen collection labelling errors contribute to wasted time. But there is also a possibility of a much more alarming outcome, as one mistake coul...

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Improve identification and drive down costs with the latest healthcare solutions

October 18th, 2018

A great solution is one that not only solves an problem but reduces the costs associated with that issue.

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Automation is improving the quality of patient care

October 18th, 2018

In healthcare, there is a huge opportunity to automate the collection of information and the quality of patient care. In fact, automation within the healthcare industry can help to reduce errors and risk in the field, especially in hospitals where thousands of people receive care each day.

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Barcode labelling in the lab: closing the loop of patient safety

October 18th, 2018

In healthcare environments, patient safety is always goal number one. But on top of this requirement, patients also want assurance that they are receiving the right care, in the right way, based on the right information.

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RFID for real-time asset tracking in healthcare

October 18th, 2018

Healthcare facilities have an equipment problem. In 1995, the average patient had eight medical devices at bedside. With advances in technology, by 2010 that number had grown to 13, and it continues to grow.

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How much risk can healthcare providers afford?

October 18th, 2018

Medication administration is often put in the spotlight as a key area for improvement in order to boost patient safety. So it’s no surprise that that ensuring accurate administration is a priority for healthcare providers around the world.

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The Connected Clinician: revolutionising acute care nursing

October 18th, 2018

Did you know that nurses are spending more than 30% of their time in non-patient-care activities? With ever-increasing government regulations for improved clinical documentation, in combination with a constant flow of new medical devices, it may come as little surprise. But more than any other hospital staff member, nurses have ...

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Avoiding an identity crisis

October 18th, 2018

A common requirement in most healthcare facilities is the ability to secure access to stores and supplies. After all, healthcare fraud is a significant problem and one that potentially involves a large cost. 

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The app to improve hospital efficiency

October 18th, 2018

One of the key challenges that healthcare providers have faced in recent years is providing patient-focussed healthcare with safety and real-time information at its heart.  To achieve this, providers need to easily access relevant patient data at the bedside as well as having the ability to perform a wide variety of daily tasks ...

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Error proof ways to improve patient safety

October 18th, 2018

Whether working in the public or private sector, healthcare providers face multiple challenges. From maintaining accurate medical records and reducing data errors, through improving security, to continually enhancing the standard of care, they have their work cut out. Clinical errors simply aren’t acceptable and it’s why governm...

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Here’s how new technology is revolutionising the healthcare sector

October 18th, 2018

Ensuring patient safety, managing medical devices efficiently and labelling pharmaceuticals correctly are three key pillars in any healthcare environment.

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Why hospitals are choosing RAIN RFID for asset management

October 18th, 2018

An uncomfortable truth for many healthcare providers is that around half of their mobile equipment fleet is likely idle at any one time. This is not only hurting their budget, but also putting patient care at risk. Putting the cost of idle mobile equipment into context

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Intuitive interaction for healthcare applications

October 18th, 2018

It will come as no surprise to hear that, like many other vertical markets, digital transformation is revolutionising the healthcare and medical market.

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Providing the best bedside point of care

October 18th, 2018

Nurses at the bedside must balance hands-on patient care with an ever-increasing need to manage medical technology, all while electronically documenting every activity and observation.

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Europe fights back against counterfeit medication

October 18th, 2018

Counterfeit medication has become a major problem that can lead to people taking medicine that does not contain the correct ingredients or, even worse, toxic substances.

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See the future of healthcare with Zebra's latest campaign

October 18th, 2018

It’s no secret that healthcare professionals are facing growing challenges. Tightening budgets and overwhelming demand leads to increased pressure, and having to rely on outdated systems can be a costly issue when it comes to time and money.

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Tracking supplies in a healthcare environment

October 18th, 2018

Mobile computers, barcode scanners and printers are often used in healthcare settings for supply chain and management workflows. After all, maintaining, distributing, and tracking medical supplies and inventory is critical for patient care.

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How can automation benefit hospitals?

October 18th, 2018

It’s absolutely crucial that efficiency is a priority in any hospital setting. But maximising the capacity of the whole value chain whilst providing a tailored service to the needs of each client can be a tricky balancing act.

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What you need to know about intrusive interstitials?

October 18th, 2018

Like any company, Google continually changes and updates the way it functions and ranks websites. The Google algorithm, sacred and highly secret, is the key to creating quality SEO organically, but there’s always an air of uncertainty to it. Some changes come along because they are improving their techniques. Some are because th...

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What is a smart city, and why should I care?

October 18th, 2018

Each new day often brings a new buzzword, so it’s important we fully understand new terms as they quickly become part of our language and used on a daily basis. One such term that has joined some of the big buzzwords like IoT and Big Data is ‘smart city’. But what does a smart city actually look like?

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An ISVs guide to navigating the channel

October 18th, 2018

If you’re an ISV and have decided that it’s time to broaden your business opportunities and grow your business then you’ll no doubt be considering the channel. The channel is a great way to look for new business through dedicated partnerships, and can bring great long-term success.  But it is highly competitive so it’s important...

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Are you selling secure tablets?

October 18th, 2018

Did you know that enterprises are set to make up 18% of tablet purchases in 2017, according to the Global Business and Consumer Tablet Forecast? For some, it may not be a surprise to hear that tablet use in enterprise markets is on the rise. After all, the settings in which tablets are used are often just as varied and unique as...

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IoT: what to expect when we connect

October 18th, 2018

The internet changed the world; It touches all aspects of our lives. It allows us to connect on social media, video chat with friends and colleagues and even read this blog right now. Now, there is a push to connect every device to the internet. While this provides new functionality and convenience, there are also some potential...

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Selling recurring media: A guide to growing profits

October 18th, 2018

Every business student knows about the ‘blade and razor’ model - the idea that when you’re selling razors, you can just about give away the handle because you make your real money on the blades.

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Three trends that are impacting business in 2017

October 18th, 2018

Every year, there are new trends to examine, new ideas to consider, and fresh perspectives that can affect a business. 

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