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LaserBand, a Zebra Technologies Company, Announces Agreement With Premier Healthcare Alliance to Provide Members LaserBand's Advanced Patient Identification Wristbands

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LaserBand, a Zebra Technologies Company, Announces Agreement With Premier Healthcare Alliance to Provide Members LaserBand's Advanced Patient Identification Wristbands06:10 EST Wednesday, February 13, 2013LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Feb. 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zebra Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq:ZBRA), a recognized global leader in barcode technologies that improve patient safety and workflow processes, today announced a new group purchasing agreement with the Premier healthcare alliance to offer LaserBand's proprietary patient identification (ID) wristbands to their members. In addition, Premier ASCEND members have also selected Zebra as a supplier for LaserBand wristbands. "For healthcare professionals, accurate and easy-to-scan barcode wristbands are essential to protect patients and streamline processes, especially as healthcare organizations transition to electronic health records," said David Freshwater, director of contract sales at LaserBand. "We view our continuing relationship with Premier as validation of Zebra's technology solutions which help improve processes, reduce errors and increase the quality of patient care." Effective February 1, 2013, Zebra's LaserBand wristbands are now available at specially negotiated pricing and terms to Premier's nationwide alliance of 2,700 hospitals, 90,000 healthcare organizations including its more than 100 ASCEND member hospitals and health systems. With Zebra's industry-leading LaserBand wristband solutions, healthcare professionals can easily create a patient wristband and link critical information from the patient's bedside to his medical record as well as the pharmacy, lab or other hospital departments through the use of a barcode. While this streamlined process can improve patient safety and care, it also can help with compliance to regulatory requirements and increase staff satisfaction through improved processes and more quality time with the patient. Zebra is committed to providing healthcare organizations with technology solutions that address their needs, such as patient safety and quality of care, efficient work processes and visibility into patient care and operations. About Zebra Technologies A global leader respected for innovation and reliability, Zebra Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq:ZBRA) offers technologies that give a virtual voice to an organization's assets, people and transactions, enabling organizations to unlock greater business value. The company's extensive portfolio of marking and printing technologies, including RFID and real-time location solutions, illuminates mission-critical information to help customers take smarter business actions. For more information about Zebra's solutions, visit www.zebra.com.About the Premier Healthcare Alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Recipient: Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,700 U.S. hospitals and 90,000 other sites using the power of collaboration and technology to lead the transformation to coordinated, high-quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier operates a leading healthcare purchasing network with more than $4 billion in annual savings. Premier also maintains the nation's largest clinical, financial and outcomes database with information on 1 in 4 patient discharges. A world leader in delivering measurable improvements in care, Premier works with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Zebra Technologies Corporation logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=15075CONTACT: Elise Spadavecchio Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide 312-397-6012 elise.spadavecchio@ogilvy.com