Zebra Technologies Recognized for Mobile Healthcare Innovation in 2023 MedTech Breakthrough Awards Program

Prestigious International Annual Awards Program Recognizes Standout Digital Health & Medical Technology Products and Companies

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – May 3, 2023MedTech Breakthrough, an independent market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global health and medical technology market, today announced that Zebra Technologies Corporation, a leading digital solution provider enabling businesses to intelligently connect data, assets, and people, has been selected as the winner of the “Best Overall Mobile Health Hardware Solution” award in the 7th annual MedTech Breakthrough Awards program, recognizing the breakthrough innovation of Zebra’s ET4x-HC series rugged healthcare tablets. This is Zebra’s second consecutive MedTech Breakthrough award.

The ET4x-HC series – Zebra’s first healthcare-grade tablets – are a first of a kind as they are built for healthcare from the inside out to help improve staff efficiency, care quality and the patient experience. These versatile tablets are ideal for caregivers in acute settings and patient homes, at bedside in patient rooms and in reception areas as check-in kiosks.

With advanced medical-grade housing, the ET4x-HC tablets can withstand constant disinfecting with some of the harshest medical cleaning solutions. An emergency alert button can also be programmed to call for additional help or launch an app to follow protocols in the event of a medical emergency. Their large, high-resolution 10-inch display makes them easy to read and enter text, allowing nurses to easily view and add notes to a patient’s electronic health record in addition to viewing the finest details of a photo or x-ray.

Equipped with the fastest wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi 6 and 5G) available, the ET4x-HC tablets provide support for CBRS which allows providers to set up their own private LTE network in larger campus-style environments, such as temporary pop-up clinics. Bluetooth 5.1 also enables caregivers to detect the location of the ET4x-HC tablets, making it easy to locate staff in the event of an emergency.

“At Zebra, we're committed to delivering solutions that give organizations complete visibility to make smart, nimble decisions about what action to take now and how to plan for tomorrow,” said Julie Johnson, Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Computing at Zebra Technologies. “Our rugged tablets are dedicated to serve healthcare environments with their advanced medical-grade housing. These tablets are built to last, enabling healthcare teams to work faster and smarter while unleashing their potential.”

The mission of the MedTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of health and medical technology categories, including Telehealth, Clinical Administration, Patient Engagement, Electronic Health Records (EHR), Virtual Care, Medical Devices, Medical Data and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 4,000 nominations from over 17 different countries throughout the world.

“Healthcare settings need tablets that are versatile and can be used by nurses, healthcare physicians and patients, or mounted bedside for patients to view their own health information, order food or find entertainment,” said James Johnson, managing director, MedTech Breakthrough. “Zebra Technologies' breakthrough ET40-HC and ET45-HC tablets offer all the enterprise healthcare features users need - a rugged design, a disinfectant-ready housing, built-in scanners and an emergency alert button - as well as Wi-Fi 6 and 5G and more. Congratulations to the Zebra healthcare team for bringing home a well-deserved 2023 MedTech Breakthrough Award win!”

The ET4x-HC tablets are also loaded with powerful data capture and communication options. An integrated 2D scan engine helps error-proof patient identification and medication administration. The 13 MP high-resolution camera enables the capture of detailed photos to document wound healing and more. Meanwhile, the front camera supports video calls for telehealth appointments, sessions with at-risk patients who can’t have visitors and more. In addition, Zebra’s Workforce Connect communication solution is supported on these devices, enabling seamless and secure push-to-talk, text and voice messaging among caregivers.

These tablets also include Zebra Mobility DNA software tools to improve communication and optimize workflows and usability for caregivers. Highlights include Mobility Extensions (Mx) which adds powerful enterprise-class security and manageability features to the standard Android OS and StageNow, allowing IT departments to stage a handful or hundreds of devices in seconds. And with the Zebra Mobility DNA Enterprise License, the ET4x-HC tablets can make use of Zebra Workstation Connect, turning these devices into Android-powered workstations on-demand. Users can drop their tablet into a connect cradle, communicate with peripherals including external monitors, a keyboard and a mouse to set-up workstations on wheels, providing access to a wide range of applications including Citrix Workspace where users can securely access apps, perform heavier data-entry tasks, navigate information-rich, data-sensitive systems, and interact with multiple apps simultaneously. 

Additionally, Zebra’s built in PowerPrecision battery intelligence allows users to monitor the health of the field-replaceable ET4x-HC battery for uninterrupted multiple-shift support.



Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the MedTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence and innovation in medical & health technology companies, products, services and people. The MedTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough healthcare and medical companies and products in categories that include Patient Experience & Engagement, Health & Fitness, Medical Devices, Clinical Administration, Connected Healthcare, Medical Data, Healthcare Cybersecurity and more. For more information visit MedTechBreakthrough.com


Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) helps organizations monitor, anticipate, and accelerate workflows by empowering their frontline and ensuring that everyone and everything is visible, connected and fully optimized. Our award-winning portfolio spans software to innovations in robotics, machine vision, automation and digital decisioning, all backed by a +50-year legacy in scanning, track-and-trace and mobile computing solutions. With an ecosystem of 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra’s customers include over 80% of the Fortune 500. Newsweek recently recognized Zebra as one of America’s Most Loved Workplaces and Greatest Workplaces for Diversity, and we are on Fast Company’s list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators. Learn more at www.zebra.com or sign up for news alerts. Follow Zebra’s Your Edge blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our Story Hub: Zebra Perspectives.

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