Handheld Imager

High performance 1D/2D imager

When your Operations Demand the Ultimate in Performance, Workforce Poroductivity and Patient Care
  • Unparalleled performance on virtually every barcode in any condition
  • Superior scan range
  • Power to scan continuously for 24 hours
  • PRZM Intelligent Imaging
  • Support for Digimarc®
  • Capture multiple barcodes with one press of the scan trigger
  • Exclusive battery charge gauge
  • Instantly capture full page documents

As a healthcare provider, you need to deliver the very best in care, every second of every day. That means giving your healthcare professionals the tools they need to improve patient outcomes, increase productivity and streamline everyday processes. With the purpose-built DS8100-HC, you can. With the ability to instantly capture the most difficult to read barcodes; an industry-first housing that offers maximum protection against the spread of bacteria; Night Mode with Vibrate for can’t miss feedback on decodes and a built-in lamp, the DS8100-HC can seamlessly integrate into existing healthcare workflows to boost process efficiencies and ensure that patients are left undisturbed until necessary. Combined with Zebra’s complimentary manageability tools to simplify the setup, deployment, performance monitoring and ongoing management of your scanners, the DS8100-HC is the ideal solution to enhance patient safety, the productivity of staff members and the efficiency of point-of-care operations.

Improved Patient Experiences

Unparalleled Performance on Virtually Every Barcode in Any Condition

Only the DS8100-HC Series combines the power of an 800 MHz microprocessor, a high-resolution megapixel sensor and Zebra’s exclusive PRZM technology. With this unique combination of hardware and advanced algorithms, the DS8100-HC Series instantly captures the most problematic barcodes found in pharmacies, labs and at the point-of-care — including dense, tiny, curved, poorly printed, shiny, crinkled, faded, distorted, dirty or damaged, as well as electronic barcodes on dimly lit displays.

First-of-its-kind Housing Offers Maximum Protection Against the Spread of Infection

Only the DS8100-HC offers a purpose-built housing specially designed to help prevent the spread of bacteria. Special plastics allow for Safe wipe-downs with the widest selection of the harshest and most aggressive disinfectants used in today’s hospitals. And concealed screw holes and seams eliminate areas where bacteria could hide — even after a wipedown.

Flexible User-Selectable Feedback Including Night Mode with Vibrate

Choose from a wide array of easily controllable feedback modes designed for virtually any hospital environment. From the Intensive Care Unit to a quiet night shift or a busy and more noisy day shift, there is a feedback mode that will instantly notify your healthcare workers that a barcode was properly captured — without disturbing patients.

In addition to the standard LED, vibrate and beeper feedback, Zebra’s Direct Decode Indicator flashes illumination onto the barcode to confirm that it has been captured. Clinicians can be confident that a medicine, specimen or IV bag was properly scanned — without interrupting the work flow to look at the scanner.

With Night Mode, healthcare workers can switch between vibrate and beeper feedback by simply depressing the trigger for a few seconds.

And it’s easy to control it all. Enable vibrate, beeper and the Direct Decode Indicator individually or in any combination, and easily adjust beeper volume, beeper frequency and illumination intensity.

Patient Safety

The DS8100’s green aiming spot avoids blue wavelengths, which can potentially cause eye injury.

Adaptable to Clinician Workflows

Continuous 24 Hour Scanning

With Zebra’s exclusive PowerPrecision+ smart battery in the cordless DS8178-HC, your nurses and workers will always have the power they need for the busiest shift. Devices are always available — no need for charging mid-shift.

Exclusive Battery Charge Gauge

No more guess work on the status of a battery at the start of a shift. The DS8178-HC is the only scanner in its class that makes it easy to see at a glance whether a battery needs to be replaced before the scanner is placed into service. And since the battery can be changed without special tools, it can be changed at the point of care if necessary.

Choice Of Compact USB Powered Cradles

The minimal footprint of the presentation cradle easily fits on the most crowded workstation-on-wheels (WOWs), allowing nurses to easily switch between hands-free and handheld modes as needed. The desk/wall cradle can be mounted on a wall, mechanical arm or mobile workstation, and is a perfect solution for facilities that put a computer in every room.

Doubles as a Workstation Lamp

The scanner’s built-in lamp can illuminate a nurse’s workspace, so there’s no need to disturb sleeping patients by turning on the room lights.

Eliminate Bluetooth Interference with Zebra’s Proprietary Wi-Fi Friendly Mode

Ensure that your DS8178-HC Bluetooth scanners only operate on channels that are not shared with your wireless LAN (WLAN), protecting WLAN service levels for your caregivers, workers, patients and visitors.

FIPS 140-2 Certified

The DS8100-HC Series is FIPS 140-2 validated and certified to keep patient data safe and secure.

Locate a Misplaced Scanner in Seconds

The cradle’s paging button can easily locate a misplaced scanner so nurses don’t need to waste critical time searching for a misplaced scanner.

Apple Certified for iPads and iPhones

Are your healthcare workers using iPads or iPhones? No problem. The Bluetooth DS8178-HC is Apple- certified — enabling you to bring Zebra’s advanced scanning technology to these mobile devices.

Unrivaled Manageability

Visionary Visibility into Scanning and Battery Performance Metrics — only from Zebra

Track metrics that include symbology and decode speed to spot and correct barcode issues before they impact worker productivity and the quality of care. And with a wealth of battery health information, including charge cycles consumed, a State-of-Health meter and remaining percentage of full charge capacity, you can easily spot and replace aging batteries before they can no longer last a full shift. Armed with this information, you can order and install new batteries before battery failures interrupt critical operations at the point of care.

Easily Manage All of Your Scanners with Powerful Complimentary Tools

With 123Scan, you can easily create configuration barcodes to program scanners. If your imagers are in multiple locations across the country or around the world, with Scanner Management Service (SMS), you can configure and update the firmware for any DS8100-HC Series device that is plugged into the host — no depot staging or user action is required — such as the scanning of a configuration barcode.

Easy Application Development

Get everything you need to easily integrate scanning into your business applications with Zebra's Scanner Software Development Kits (SDKs) for Windows, Android, iOS and Linux. These SDKs provide documentation, drivers, test utilities and sample source code.

Improve virtually every aspect of patient care with the DS8100-HC.

The DS8100-HC Series gives nurses and other healthcare staff the tools they need to provide their patients with the best of care — and perform everyday duties faster and more accurately.

  • Patient identification
  • Medication administration
  • Specimen collection
  • Patient admission
  • Caregiver accountability and audit trail
  • Dietary management
  • Chain of custody for controlled substances
  • Inventory management


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