As you can see, Zebra really walks the talk in terms of innovating for the sake of front-line workers. Our one job is to make their jobs easier. So, every decision we make in terms of research and development (R&D), product design, partnerships with other companies and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) stems from one question:
“How will this action help us help healthcare workers so they can better support patients?”
In fact, Mike Thieme, who joined Zebra via the acquisition of LaserBand, and now serves as Vice President of Global Supplies Operations at Zebra, has found it interesting to see just how significantly the barcoded wristband has improved healthcare experiences for both clinicians and patients. He and his team knew the LaserBand wristband would change healthcare forever, simply because of how it would help automate positive patient identification (PPID) and expedite electronic health record (EHR) access and updates.
“Having a legible, easy-to-scan wristband is such a big deal, even though many people outside the healthcare community may not realize it. It helps verify the patient’s identity even if they aren’t able to speak, and it allows for a fast retrieval of a patient’s full medical history via the EHR. Plus, taking a split second to scan a barcode versus spending however long trying to translate someone’s handwritten notes makes such a difference in staff productivity and efficiency,” Mike noted.
Barcoded wristbands give nurses and other clinical staff more time to focus on the patient. They’re also more settled when PPID and EHR actions are more automated. In turn, they can be more focused. And when they’re feeling better mentally and physically, bedside patient care improves.
So, I asked Mike about the role the barcoded wristband might play moving forward as the healthcare community adopts new ways to monitor patients. Will the LaserBand still be around 10 years from now? Or should we expect to see patient ID wristbands evolving into something else? This is what he had to say: