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From medication stock management to asset tracking and patient identification, there are many applications for barcode scanners in healthcare.

Barcode scanners can improve efficiency and streamline workflows, but many businesses use clunky, and sometimes unreliable handheld scanners. They add needless bulk, must be switched off, and are often misplaced or broken. This slows down work processes, causes mistakes, and lowers efficiency.

Today, manufacturers such as Zebra build barcode scanners that are purpose-built for healthcare environments and applications. The latest models are packed with performance-boosting features that can enhance productivity and reliability. They almost always scan faster, more accurately, and at longer ranges than older models.

So, if your existing scanners have been on the job for a while or just aren’t delivering the results you need, here are some benefits of upgrading.

Easier to clean

In healthcare settings, it’s always been critical to keep devices clean to prevent the spread of infection, but that’s more important than thanks to the pandemic. Since barcode scanners are often used by several different staff members throughout a single shift or shared by caregivers across multiple shifts, a key consideration should be how well the device stands up to frequent cleaning when they’re used in healthcare applications,

That’s why Zebra’s healthcare scanners feature a purpose-built housing that helps offer protection against the spread of bacteria. Some include a crevice-free surface that helps eliminate places where germs can hide, and every Zebra healthcare scanner features durable materials that are engineered not just for heavy duty use, but also to withstand repeated exposure to common antiseptic cleaners.

Longer battery life

Handheld wireless barcode scanners offer a lot of convenience, but you won’t be able to take advantage of them if the battery can’t keep up. In fact, one of the top reasons to consider upgrading these scanners is simply because you’re missing out on power and performance.

Today’s newest healthcare scanners are designed with long-lasting batteries that far outperform previous generation devices. For example, Zebra’s cordless DS2200 comes standard with over 14 hours of battery charge that’s capable of capturing over 75,000 barcodes in a single charge.

They are more adaptable

Over time, your workflows change, if you’re barcode scanners don’t offer the flexibility or performance needed to keep up with the changes, it’s probably time to consider an upgrade.

Modern barcode scanners are often packed with features that make them easy to adapt and integrate into your everyday processes. Cordless options really open up the possibilities to improve workflows and maximise efficiency. And simple features like the ability to mount the scanner on a mobile workstation can have a big impact. Many of the latest scanners also offer advanced options, like adding radio frequency identification (RFID) capability, that you might not find on older models.

Zebra CS60-HC Healthcare Series Scanner

The Zebra CS60-HC barcode scanner is a great example of the options available when you upgrade to the latest barcode scanning technology. It offers an ultra-versatile platform that easily adapts to any clinician workflow and can be used in handheld or hands-free applications.

It’s also suited to a wide range of healthcare applications, so you won’t need to purchase different models. That will simplify the accessories you need, make it easier for your staff to configure and manage the scanners, and lower your operational costs.

Zebra healthcare series barcode scanners work seamlessly with our MICS Medication Inventory Control System. Our advanced inventory control software gives you complete visibility and control over the location of your medical supplies and who has accessed them.

Contact our expert team to learn more about Zebra’s industry leading line-up of purpose-built healthcare scanners.