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Prevent medical errors, improve patient safety and increase caregiver productivity. The DS6878-HC cordless imager from Motorola enables hospitals to automate data capture, improve data accuracy, increase productivity and streamline everyday processes in patient rooms, admitting, laboratories and the pharmacy. Its matchless feature set meets the unique requirements of healthcare facilities. An intuitive and ergonomic design combines with dependable and rapid capture of bar codes and other images, allowing caregivers to remain focused on the patient - not the technology. The DS6878-HC is compatible with popular Bedside Meds Administration software including Cerner, Epic, Siemens, Eclipsys and Meditech.


Additional Information

Spec Sheet Technical Information

Connectivity Technology : Wireless
Barcode Dimension :
  • 1D
  • 2D

Barcode Symbology Supported : 1D:
  • UPC/EAN (UPCA/UPCE/UPCE1/EAN-8-EAN-13/JAN-8/JAN13 plus supplementals)
  • ISBN (Bookland)
  • ISSN
  • Coupon Code
  • Code 39 (Standard, Full ASCII, UCC/EAN-128, ISBT-128 Concatenated)
  • Code 93
  • Codabar/NW7
  • Code 11 (standard, Matrix 2 of 5)
  • MSI Plessey
  • I 2 of 5 (Interleaved 2 of 5 / ITF, Discrete 2 of 5 IATA, Chinese 2 of 5)
  • GS1 Databar (Omnidirectional, Truncated, Stacked, Stacked Omnidirectional,
  • Limited, Expanded, Expanded Stacked, Inverse)
  • Base 32 (Italian Pharmacode)
PDF417 (and Variants):
  • PDF417
  • microPDF417
  • Composite Codes (CC-A, CC-B, CC-C)
  • U.S. Postnet and Planet
  • U.K.
  • Japan
  • Australian
  • Netherlands KIX code
  • Royal Mail 4 State Customer
  • UPU ICS 4 State
  • Postal
  • USPS 4CB
  • Canadian Post (Postbar)
  • TLC-39
  • Aztec (Standard, Inverse)
  • MaxiCode
  • DataMatrix/ECC 200 (Standard, Inverse)
  • QR Code (Standard, Inverse and Micro)

Image Sensor : Imager
Depth of Field :
  • 0.50" - 6.30"@5 mil - Code 39
  • 1.30" - 5.40"@6 mil - Code 128
  • 8"@10 mil - Code 128
  • 0.60" - 7.20"@7.80 mil - 60% UPC
  • 1.20" - 14.20"@13 mil - 100% UPC
  • 1.90" - 3.50"@5 mil - PDF
  • 1" - 5.90"@6.60 mil - PDF
  • 8"@10 mil - PDF
  • 7.20"@10 mil - Datamatrix

Scan Pattern : Omni-directional
Network & Communication

Bluetooth : Yes
Physical Characteristics

Color : White
Height : 7.3"
Width : 2.7"
Length : 3.9"
Weight (Approximate) : 8.40 oz

Additional Information :

USB Cable separate

Manufacturer Part Number DS6878-HCBU0102SVW
Manufacturer Zebra
Additional Information


Zebra DS6878-HC Cordless 2D Imager for Healthcare Applications

Prevent medical errors, improve patient safety and increase caregiver productivity. The Zebra DS6878-HC cordless imager from Zebra enables hospitals to automate data capture, improve data accuracy, increase productivity and streamline everyday processes in patient rooms, admitting, laboratories and the pharmacy. Its matchless feature set meets the unique requirements of healthcare facilities. An intuitive and ergonomic design combines with dependable and rapid capture of bar codes and other images, allowing caregivers to remain focused on the patient — not the technology.

Designed for deployment on a computer or workstation on wheels (COW or WOW) 
USB charging capability eliminates a power supply and the typical cable management headaches normally associated with mounting a cordless scanner to a medical cart, computer cart or workstation (COW or WOW); horizontal or vertical installation provides the flexibility to keep the work surface clear while ensuring that the scanner is always in easy reach and charging

IP43 sealing and a specially designed plastic housing allows safe wipe-down and cleansing with a wide variety of harsh chemicals (See Specification Chart for approved cleanser list)

Lightweight ergonomic design 
Easy to hold regardless of hand size; reduces fatigue; enables all day scanning comfort to protect productivity in scan-intensive applications

Superior durability 
Offers Zebra’s best-in-class drop specification — the ability to survive 6 ft./1.8m drops to concrete — and IP43 sealing, ensuring reliable operation in spite of everyday spills, drops and bumps

Comprehensive advanced data capture 
Captures 1D and 2D bar codes, signatures, documents such as drivers licenses and insurance cards, facial images for identification, video footage and more; eliminates the need to purchase multiple types of devices; supports the creation and maintenance of electronic medical records (EMRs)

Superior high-performance scanning on all bar codes 
The integrated revolutionary Zebra SE4500 imager eliminates the performance degradation common in 2D scanning, delivering: laser-like performance on both 1D and 2D codes; rapid and accurate capture of even poor quality and damaged bar codes; and full omni-directional scanning, which eliminates the need to precisely align bar code and imager, improves ergonomics and protects productivity.

Bluetooth v2.1 with EDR 
Provides a secure wireless connection to the scanner base station for cordless convenience and safety

RSM (Remote Scanner Management) ready 
Reduces total cost of ownership by enabling remote, network-based device management of all devices in all locations

Supports 123Scan2 scanner configuration tool 
Enables rapid and easy customized set-up through a free, wizard-based PC software tool

Global healthcare challenges: the prevalence of medical errors and emerging government regulations

Healthcare organizations all around the world are faced with two major issues: the vast number of medical errors that threaten patient safety and emerging government regulations to prevent those errors.

In the U.S. alone, the Institute of Medicine estimates that a minimum of 1.5 million events occur annually, resulting in approximately 7,000 deaths and a conservative cost of $3.5 billion a year. In Europe the issues are equally paramount. The Special Eurobarometer report reveals that 18 percent of patients in the 25 Member States experienced a serious medical error in their local hospitals.

To address this issue, government bodies around the world have either enacted or are considering regulations that will require documentation to help prevent medical errors. As a result, hospitals must determine how to enable and prove compliance without requiring an already overburdened healthcare staff to complete additional paperwork — adding expenses that would further increase skyrocketing healthcare costs.

The solution: wireless data capture 
Zebra’s DS6878-HC cordless 2D imager can help address all these issues and more by enabling scanning of virtually any bar code symbology as well as the capture of images, documents and signatures. The result is the ability to error-proof and streamline procedures from admitting, the emergency room and the pharmacy to storage supply areas and patient rooms. Built specifically to address the special needs of healthcare environments, this scanner enables the automatic capture of information without paper and pen, or the subsequent need to enter that information into a computer. The opportunity for data capture errors is eliminated. Cycle times are reduced, increasing staff productivity. The ability to easily compile required documentation enables cost-effective compliance with government regulations. And the wireless design enables many applications that not only improve patient safety and enable government compliance, but also help improve operational efficiency throughout the hospital, including:

Medication administration. The ability to scan the bar codes on the patient wristband and the medication provides a split second verification that the right patient is about to be given the right medication, the right way at the right time. No extra paperwork is required, time is actually saved, while medication errors can be spotted before medication is administered. In addition, caregivers can also scan the bar code on their identity badges, creating an automatic audit trail that increases accountability.

Pharmacy procedures. Bar code scanning can prevent errors at the start of the medication supply chain —the pharmacy. The ability to scan the bar code on medication and compare it to the medication order ensures that the right medication is prepared and issued for the right patient.

Enriched patient identification information. With 2D imaging, a caregiver can capture a photo of a patient’s face and other indisputable identifying marks (such as scars, birthmarks or tattoos) to prevent mistaken identity — especially helpful in ensuring that unconscious trauma patients receive the right medication, tests and surgical procedures.

Faster admission. Multiple data capture options error-proof and streamline the admitting process, enabling faster treatment and a better healthcare experience. With 2D imaging, caregivers can capture signatures in the emergency room, right at the point-of-care. The ability to capture the 2D bar codes found on some driver’s licenses and other identification cards enables the auto population of key fields on admission forms. A variety of documents can be captured in seconds and permanently appended to the patient’s electronic record — including healthcare proxies, living wills and insurance cards — eliminating the time and cost associated with photocopying documents and managing paper files.

Specimen collection. The ability to scan a patient wristband and print out a bar code label right at patient bedside for a specimen container (requires an optional mobile printer) ensures that specimens are collected from the right patient. As a result, the right patient receives the right test results — and the right treatment.

Better inventory visibility. When bar code scanning replaces manual paper-based inventory procedures, hospitals can cost-effectively take rapid and accurate inventories on a daily basis — from the contents of the supply cabinets on each hospital floor to the pharmacy shelves. The result is the visibility required to improve the speed and accuracy of the ordering and replenishment process, ensuring that the caregivers always have the right supplies and medications on hand to treat patients.

Automatic chain of custody for controlled substances. As sensitive items such as narcotics move throughout the hospital, a quick scan of the employee badge and the item provides visibility into the complete chain of custody — ensuring availability, improving accountability and deterring theft.

Operating room inventory. A cordless scanner is ideal in operating rooms, allowing nurses to scan inventory prior to and after a procedure. The hospital now has the real-time inventory information required to ensure timely ordering. The last known location of surgical instruments and equipment is captured for easy tracking. And caregivers can instantly spot any missing items to ensure that items are not inadvertently left inside the patient.

Charge capture. The ability to scan consumables as they are utilized in the emergency room, operating room, recovery room and patient room enables the instant and accurate capture of all items utilized for a specific patient. As a result, all appropriate charges are captured on patient invoices, protecting the financial health of the hospital.

Dietary management. When food service workers deliver meals, a quick scan of the bar code label on the food order and the patient wristband ensures that the right patient is about to receive the right meal at the right time. As a result, dietary errors are eliminated. For example, patients that are fasting in preparation for a procedure cannot accidentally receive a meal. And specially prepared allergen-free meals — for example for patients with a gluten, dairy or nut allergy — are always delivered to the right room.

Wound management. Images of existing wounds can be captured, enabling documentation of bedsores that were already present as well as the progressive healing of a wound.

Bed management. When a bar code is associated with a patient room, a quick scan can indicate when a patient arrives or departs. That real-time visibility helps improve the efficiency of bed management, minimizing the wait times for incoming patients and improving bed utilization. The Zebra DS6878-HC: built to meet the special demands of today’s healthcare environments

While there are many bar code scanners available, very few are designed to meet the specific requirements inside a hospital. As an industry leader in healthcare mobility, Zebra understands this mission critical environment. The Zebra DS6878-HC is loaded with the features required to enable robust data capture throughout healthcare facilities, including:

The ability to disinfectant both scanner and cradle. The Zebra DS6878-HC scanner and cradle are built to withstand constant disinfecting with the harsh chemical cleaners required to prevent the spread of infection.

Easy integration with a medical computer or workstation on wheels (COW or WOW). The Zebra DS6878-HC offers maximum mounting flexibility. It can easily be mounted within the confines of virtually any cart, without interfering with the work surface. And because it supports power over USB, a separate power supply is not required, delivering multiple benefits. Cable management challenges in the tight confines of the cart are eliminated. Capital expenditures associated with this mobility solution are reduced. And one less component to disinfect reduces the time nurses must spend sanitizing before moving to the next patient room.

The durability required for dependable everyday use. The Zebra DS6878-HC offers Zebra’s best-in-class drop specification — 6 ft./1.8 m drops to concrete. IP43 sealing protects sensitive electronic components from exposure to dust and liquids. The result is dependable operation, despite the inevitable everyday drops, bumps and spills.

A cordless design for convenience and safety.
The Bluetooth wireless connection allows healthcare providers to easily navigate as needed around a bed, medical equipment and even other healthcare workers.

The right ergonomics. The Zebra DS6878-HC is easy to hold and easy to use. Zebra’s award-winning Industrial Design (ID) team created a natural feel for any hand size, providing comfort despite all day use. In addition, omni-directional scanning eliminates the need to precisely align bar code scanner and bar code, ensuring the rapid and accurate bar code capture required in acute care environments.

The right data capture capabilities. The Zebra DS6878-HC provides the flexibility required for use in many applications throughout the hospital today, as well as the future proofing required to meet the needs of tomorrow. The scanner can capture the prevalent 1D bar codes in use now as well as emerging 2D bar codes, images, signatures and documents — complete with legible fine print.

Mission critical scanning performance. Bar codes can easily become scratched, smudged or torn as they move through the hospital. Special software allows the Zebra DS6878-HC to accurately capture bar codes despite damage, preventing the need and time associated with processing exceptions. In addition, while 2D image-based scanners traditionally deliver performance levels well below that of 1D laser-based scanners, the integration of Zebra’s revolutionary SE4500 1D/2D imaging engine ensures laser-quality performance on all 1D and 2D symbologies.

The right features — and a fast return on investment (ROI)

In addition to the features required to enable mission critical data capture in healthcare facilities, the Zebra DS6878-HC provides the low total cost of ownership (TCO) and rapid return on investment (ROI) required to easily fit in constrained budgets.

Mission critical support. The stringent durability specifications combine with mission critical support programs to ensure maximum uptime, maximum device utilization and maximum return on asset (ROA). Zebra’s Service from the Start Advance Exchange Support is an exceptional service that offers next-business-day replacement of devices that require repair as well as Comprehensive Coverage that includes normal wear and tear as well as accidental damage to internal and external components, significantly reducing unforeseen repair expenses.

Low cost management. The Zebra DS6878-HC offers integrated support for Zebra’s Remote Scanner Management (RSM), minimizing one of the largest costs associated with any mobility solution — everyday management. RSM enables centralized management of all DS6878-HC devices, substantially reducing the time and cost required to initially provision, update, troubleshoot and account for all your DS6878-HC devices.

All-in-one solution. Since this single device provides the flexibility to capture practically any type of data, there is no need to purchase multiple types of devices. The mobility architecture is simplified. And fewer devices translate into reduced capital and operational costs.

Zebra DS6878-HC Key Benefits

  • Error proofs the medication supply chain from pharmacy to patient
  • Ensures proper patient identification with the ability to capture photos of faces and other identifying marks
  • Error-proofs specimen management, ensuring that the right patient received the right diagnosis and the right treatment
  • Enables cost-effective real-time inventory visibility throughout the hospital, ensuring timely ordering of mission critical supplies
  • Streamlines admission with the ability to capture and append electronic versions of documents to patient files — from insurance cards and driver’s licenses to healthcare proxies
  • Scanning of consumables at patient bedside ensures the capture of all appropriate charges, protecting the hospital’s financial health
  • Ability to scan the bar code on a meal tray and the patient wristband ensures that the right patients receive the right meal
  • The scan of a bar code to indicate when a patient arrives and departs a room provides real-time visibility into bed status, minimizing patient wait times and improving bed utilization.