Nurses prefer smartphones over mobile computers. Is it a safe choice?

October 25, 2017

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) emerged when workers preferred the convenience of using their personal smartphones for business. Employers appreciated the cost savings, but security issues and durability have become a major concern.

In hospitals, where regulations like HIPAA require patient privacy, is a consumer smartphone a safe choice for enterprise computing?

Studies show that the smartphone presents several flaws for healthcare mobility. Still, a 2014 study by Spyglass Consulting Group showed that nurses prefer using their personal smartphones at point of care:

  • 67% of the hospitals surveyed responded that nurses are using these devices to support clinical workflow and communication.
  • 80% of nurses use the standard, unsecured, HIPAA-non-compliant bundled SMS application that’s native to their personal smartphones.
  • 52% of nurses consult a smartphone for information instead of asking a colleague; 32% use an app on their phone rather than consult a doctor.
  • Less than 1% of nurses said the use of smartphones during their shift was prohibited by the hospital.

Rugged mobile computers now have the look of a consumer smartphone, but offer the significant advantages of an enterprise-grade computer. The Zebra TC51-HC touch computer, for example, looks and feels like a smartphone, but Zebra has created this mobile device to deliver healthcare functionality and performance that no smartphone can match:

  • More rugged. Zebra built this handheld computer with medical-grade plastic housing that withstands constant disinfecting. The device’s screw holes are covered and the number of crevices and seams have been reduced to eliminate places for germs to collect. The IP65 sealing prevents damage from dirt, dust, and even sprays of water. The Gorilla Glass touch panel and imager window protect against damage. The TC51-HC can also handle 4-foot drops and countless tumbles.
  • More power for multi– Run multiple voice and data apps simultaneously—like answering an urgent call while sending a high-resolution photo of a patient’s wound and accessing an EHR. The TC51-HC offers up to eight times more data storage capacity than other enterprise-class healthcare mobile computers, and it’s the only device in this class to use hexa-core technology.
  • Better imaging. In addition to a 1.3 MP camera, this handheld’s 13 MP ultra-high-resolution rear-facing camera delivers nearly three times the resolution found in competitive devices, providing more detailed imagery.
  • Flawless scanning. Protect patient safety and maintain efficiency with lightning-fast data capture of 1D and 2D barcodes, even those that are damaged, dirty, poorly printed, or displayed on a screen.
  • Secure text messaging. Zebra’s Workforce Connect Enterprise Messaging protects privacy with more secure voice and texting applications.
  • Fast, dependable connectivity. The TC51-HC support 802.11ac and r, enabling the fastest W-Fi speed and most robust roaming.
  • Long battery life. The best-in-class PowerPrecision+ battery delivers up to 14 hours of battery life.

Nurses juggle a lot of tasks in a shift. Equip them with a rugged, efficient, and user-friendly mobile computer. Talk to Coridian about the Zebra TC51-HC.

Move your specimen collection labeling to the point of care

September 27, 2017

Nearly 161,000 adverse events occur in U.S. hospitals every year as the result of medical errors in identifying specimens; 37% of the errors occur during the collection process.

In spite of the advances of automated data collection, some areas of healthcare haven’t yet embraced barcodes and mobility. Tasks like specimen collection become more accurate and efficient when you combine the two technologies and label the specimens at the point of care.

A mobile computer or scanner and a mobile barcode label printer are high-value tools that enable bedside specimen collection. The clinician simply scans the patient wristband to check the patient ID against the requisition. Once the sample is collected, the barcode label encodes the patient’s information, specimen, collector ID, and the date and time of the draw.

By loading the right media into the thermal printer, you can produce high-quality labels that endure the high temperatures of sterilization, the freezing of cryogenics, and the exposure to the many harsh chemicals that are used in processing lab samples.

Coridian has been focusing on the technology needs and challenges of the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. We’ve partnered with Zebra because of the company’s unmatched global expertise in this area. Zebra designs and engineers purpose-built solutions for healthcare, with the print quality and ruggedness to withstand the unique conditions of this environment.

  • Weighing less than two pounds each, Zebra’s QLn Series healthcare mobile printers produce 2- and 3-inch labels with sharp clarity. They integrate seamlessly into your printer network (including remote management). Powered by Bluetooth 3.0, the QLn Series mobile printers provide a robust, reliable wireless connection, with fast data transfer rates and greater range.
  • The Zebra TC51-HC mobile computer looks like a smartphone but performs with enterprise-grade security, scanning power, connectivity, and ruggedness. This powerful touch computer is designed to stand up to continual wipes with disinfectants. The screwholes are sealed and the crevices and minimized to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Zebra’s CS4070-HC companion scanner can be worn on a lanyard or carried in a pocket. The omni-directional scanning enables point-and-shoot simplicity with a wide working range. Like all of Zebra’s rugged mobile devices, this barcode scanner can handle the drops and bumps that happen on a daily basis.

Prevent medical errors that result from specimen label mistakes. Contact the healthcare technology experts at Coridian to make the move to greater mobility and the accuracy it provides.

4 Technology Trends Every Manufacturer Needs to Remain Competitive

June 6, 2017

We are seeing some exciting trends in the automatic data capture space that can help your business improve productivity and profitability. Let Coridian help you explore these technologies and see how they can move your business forward.

Here are the trends:

  • Transition from 1D to 2D Scanning
  • Mobile Operating System Migration – From Windows to Android
  • Device Management
  • Printing and Supplies Optimization

Click here and complete the simple form for a link to learn more about each component in our new ebook Future Proofing your Operation

Why You Should Choose WLAN for Your Warehouses, Part 3

February 1, 2016

In our last two blogs Part 1 and Part 2, we spoke about a few of the efficiencies WLAN could bring to your warehouse. Let’s look at a few more advantages of WLAN.

Quickly Ship Orders

As a manufacturing business, you must account for all items shipped from your facilities. If you’re a retail distributor, that may mean thousands of items each day to all parts of the country or even across the globe. This large volume of shipments proves very difficult when using paper-based processes, as they require clerks to record product codes and serial numbers manually as items are packed on trucks to be shipped out.

Using a wireless network makes such a task must easier because it enables the clerk to record an item’s shipment by simply scanning its bar code. After this happens, the system can create and print a shipping label that complies with customer-specific requirements. It can also identify route information for the carrier to use when specific delivery trucks are loaded.

Considerations: Coverage Issues

You’ve read the benefits of WLAN, now let’s look at some of the other considerations—namely, RF coverage issues. Metal racks and other obstacles can block wireless radio signals and cause irregular coverage. Because of this, additional access points may be needed to fully cover your warehouse(s).

To ensure your WLAN needs are fully met, perform frequent RF monitoring of all coverage areas, and take measurements where scanners will be operated. Finally, ask your clerks when and where they have problems. Remember that coverage can change as clerks edit the configuration of storage racks over time. Typically, bar code systems are transaction-oriented, and the loss of connectivity in the middle of one can cause issues. Don’t let this happen at your warehouses.

WiNG 5 Wireless LAN from Zebra Technologies, as provided by Coridian, is your answer to greater efficiencies. Let Coridian help you make the most of your wireless tech and move your business forward. Contact us today.

Why You Should Choose WLAN for Your Warehouses, Part 2 of 3

January 8, 2016

In our last blog Part 1, we spoke about a few of the efficiencies WLAN could bring to your warehouse. Let’s dive into a few more advantages of WLAN.

Inventory Management

All companies must periodically perform the task of inventorying the items that ‘live’ in their warehouses, store shelves, libraries, equipment rooms, etc. Wireless bar code scanners can bring significant time savings and improved accuracy to these endeavors. For example, if you were inventorying hundreds of items in a large department store, using paper and a clipboard would be extremely inaccurate and inefficient.

With such an old-school way of working, the clerk would need to read the stock or part number of each item and mark the presence of this item on his/her clipboard. Can you imagine how many errors he would make? Many companies have realized 200-300 percent time savings when they’ve switched from manual-based paper systems to wireless bar code-based systems to complete their inventory tasks.

Utilizing a wireless network instead, the same clerk could scan the item’s label or bar code to record the number of items present. This way to inventory items is much easier to perform and all but eliminates human error. It also allows for the quick creation of inventory reports to show the number of items and uncover any discrepancies.

Order Fulfillment

Before he ever ships items from the warehouse to the customer, a warehouse clerk must locate and physically collect that item—a process called picking.

Using the power of WLAN for picking enhances both accuracy and efficiency of the operation—benefits which are evident because a wireless handheld data collector can provide the clerk with instructions and lead him to the item’s correct location. It also allows the clerk to account for the physical picking of the item after its bar code is scanned.

Some wireless systems can even automatically generate an optimally ordered pick list based on the clerk’s location in the warehouse. Using this sort of location-based service significantly reduces the route and length of time to pick items.

WiNG 5 Wireless LAN from Zebra Technologies, as provided by Coridian, is your answer to greater efficiencies. Let Coridian help you make the most of your wireless tech and move your business forward. Contact us today.

Why You Should Choose WLAN for Your Warehouse(s) – Part 1 of 3

November 23, 2015

There are many great reasons to choose wireless local area networks (WLANs) for your warehouse(s). Time and time again, we’ve seen companies implement a wireless LAN for one function, such as logging incoming supplies on the receiving dock, to running wireless applications throughout their entire warehouse or group of warehouses.

Let’s take a look at the types of applications in warehouses that prove most useful, and which issues you should consider when deploying WLAN for these applications.

Start with Receiving

Most companies have some type of receiving function, no matter what industry they’re in. Manufacturers are shipped a never-ending flow of incoming components and raw materials that will eventually make up their final products, while retail stores must keep stock of the latest products and hospitals receive daily shipments of medical supplies. In all of these instances, companies must monitor incoming goods to update accounting records and inventory databases, alert any parties who need to know and initiate payment for all received items.

Wireless Bar Code Systems

Wireless bar code systems provide a number of benefits over paper-based systems in terms of receiving functions. As an item is unloaded from a vehicle, a warehouse clerk can perform the following actions:

  1. The clerk scans the item’s bar code, which identifies the part number.
  2. The bar code data is transmitted over the wireless network to a database. This database marks the item as received and updates other applicable databases.
  3. The bar code system, through a handheld scanner/printer, prints important data on a label that the clerk can attach to the item. Using a wireless scanner for this function increases the mobility of users and enables them to perform the receiving actions directly after unloading.

Wireless LAN from Zebra Technologies, as provided by Coridian, is your answer to greater efficiencies. Let Coridian help you make the most of your wireless tech and move your business forward. Contact us today.


August 31, 2015

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