Many California hospitals are looking for ways to increase their supplier diversity, especially since California’s Assembly Bill 962 introduced supplier diversity reporting requirements and encouraged more hospitals to do business with certified minority, women, LGBT, and disabled-veteran enterprises.

Fortunately, there are many great ways to boost your supplier diversity and help your hospital improve its performance, cost, efficiency, and patient care outcomes. One way to do this is by investing in Zebra healthcare technologies from a certified diverse supplier.

Zebra mobile devices, barcode scanners, printers, labels, patient ID wristbands, and RFID technologies are a mainstay in many California hospitals. In fact, there is a good chance that Zebra devices are already being used in your hospital, especially for barcode scanning and label printing, but you may also be using Zebra mobile computers or RFID tracking solutions as well.

Zebra solutions provide many ways to automate, mobilize and error-proof your hospital workflows and processes for better efficiency, patient care, and overall safety. But they can also help you with your supplier diversity initiatives because Zebra sells and deploys its solutions through many certified local enterprises owned by minorities, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, and disabled veterans.

Our company, Vantage ID, is one such supplier based in California. We’re a certified minority-owned and woman-owned business, and we work with hospitals to help them automate, digitize, and streamline their workflows with Zebra mobile, data capture, and tracking technologies.

For example, we’ve helped hospitals use Zebra RFID tags, readers, and technologies to automatically track and locate equipment or supplies in real time, whenever they’re needed, so they’re not searching for items and delaying patient care because they can’t find the right equipment or inventory. This typically leads to major labor and cost savings, especially from a reduction in lost or missing items that need to be replaced, as well as time saved on manually searching for items.

Similarly, we’ve helped design and roll out specimen tracking solutions that use Zebra patient ID wristbands, barcode scanners, and mobile label printers to print specimen tracking labels and scan barcodes right at the patient’s bedside, to match them the right specimen to the right patient, every time. These systems have been hugely successful in reducing specimen tracking errors that can delay appropriate care or even create dangerous risks for patients.

As another example, we’ve used Zebra healthcare tablets to help physicians and nurses access EMRs, clinical apps, video and audio for telehealth, and secure texting and alerts through a compact and easy-to-use Android device. We’ve also used some of the same devices to help hospitals set up digital self-service kiosks for patient check-ins or provide patients with access to their care information, a nurse call button, entertainment options, and room temperature or lighting controls from a mobile bedside device.

These are just a few ways that you can leverage Zebra technologies to implement improvements throughout your hospital, and when you work with a supplier such as our team at Vantage ID, you can show your commitment to supplier diversity at the same time.

Zebra Technologies

Here’s a quick summary of the most common Zebra solutions that we supply to California hospitals:

  • Mobile Computers
    • Rugged tablets
    • Touch handheld computers
  • Barcode Scanners
    • Corded and cordless imagers and scanners
    • 1D/2D barcode scanning
    • Form field and signature capture
  • Barcode and RFID Printers
    • Industrial and mobile printers
    • Barcode and RFID tag printing
  • RFID Solutions
    • Real-time tracking and locating
    • Wireless remote technology
    • RFID sled readers, tags and antennas
  • Printing and Labeling Supplies
    • Barcode labels, ribbons and RFID tags
    • Specialized labels for each application
    • Better adhesion, durability and scannability

If you currently procure any of these Zebra products and would like to purchase them from a certified diverse supplier, we’d be happy to provide you with recommendations, pricing and insights on how you can get the most out of these solutions for your hospital.

If you’re not already using Zebra technologies or not using some of these solutions to digitize, automate and error-proof your processes, we’d be happy to share case studies and insights on to get started and what would make sense for your hospital.

In the end, California’s supplier diversity initiative isn’t just about diversity and inclusion. It’s also about creating a more competitive and beneficial marketplace where hospitals have better access to experts and solutions to help them improve, all at the best cost.

To learn more about Zebra technologies and the solutions and expertise we can provide, visit Vantage ID now and feel free to contact us to get started.