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Zebra Technologies Signs New Agreement With Premier Inc.

Technologies Corporation
December 12, 2006

Zebra to provide Premier members with ID wristbands and thermal bar code printers for improved patient safety

Vernon Hills, IL -- Zebra Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: ZBRA), a global leader in delivering on-demand specialty printing solutions for the healthcare industry, has signed a new agreement with Premier Inc., the largest healthcare purchasing alliance in the United States. The agreement makes Zebra's patient identification wristbands and thermal bar code wristband printers available to Premier's more than 1,500 hospital members and more than 43,000 other healthcare sites nationwide. The 34-month contract will go into effect on February 1, 2007.
 
 
"Premier is dedicated to the advancement of patient safety and offers Zebra the opportunity to further expand the adoption of bar coding to improve outcomes and quality of care at hospitals nationwide," says Debbie Murphy, global practice leader, life sciences at Zebra Technologies. "This agreement is a clear indication that today's leading healthcare organizations are embracing bar coding as a proven and reliable patient safety strategy. Our thermal bar code wristband printers and patient identification wristbands provide the necessary foundation for reducing medical errors by ensuring accurate patient information is always available at the point of care. This helps to facilitate a number of patient safety initiatives, from medication administration and lab specimen collection to blood transfusion verification."

Patient identification wristbands and other bar coding applications have been shown to substantially reduce costly and dangerous medical errors. According to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an estimated 10 percent of U.S. hospitals currently utilize bar code technology.

Zebra is a leading manufacturer of specialty thermal printing solutions including wireless, mobile and high-volume label and wristband printers designed to meet the needs of the healthcare industry. Zebra's thermal printers produce patient wristbands on-demand, helping to minimize waste and expense. The Z-Band(R) Direct and Z-Band QuickClip(TM) patient identification wristbands enable healthcare providers to meet patient safety and privacy standards, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization's (JCAHO) 2007 National Patient Safety Goals. In addition, Zebra's antimicrobial wristband coating further improves the safety and quality of care by inhibiting the spread of dangerous and costly hospital infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as two million patients acquire infections in U.S. hospitals annually, causing an estimated 90,000 deaths each year. Zebra's antimicrobial wristband coating effectively eliminates S. aureus, P. aeruginosa and E. coli bacteria, the three leading causes of nosocomial infections in the United States.

For more information about Zebra's healthcare solutions please call +1
800 423 0442 or visit Zebra's Web site at http://www.zebra.com .

About Premier Inc., 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient Serving 1,700 hospitals and 42,000 other healthcare sites, Premier Inc. is the largest healthcare alliance in the United States dedicated to improving patient outcomes while safely reducing the cost of care. Owned by not-for- profit hospitals, Premier operates the nation's largest healthcare purchasing network, the most comprehensive repository of hospital clinical and financial information and one of the largest policy-holder owned, professional liability insurance companies in healthcare. Headquartered in San Diego, Premier has offices in Charlotte, N.C. and Washington, D.C. Premier Inc. is a recipient of the 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. For more information, visit http://www.premierinc.com .

About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: ZBRA) delivers innovative and reliable on-demand printing solutions for business improvement and security applications in 100 countries around the world. More than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Zebra(R)-brand printers. A broad range of applications benefit from Zebra-brand thermal bar code, "smart" label and receipt printers, and plastic card printers, resulting in enhanced security, increased productivity, improved quality, lower costs, and better customer service. The company has sold more than five million printers, including RFID printer/encoders and wireless mobile solutions, as well as software, connectivity solutions, and printing supplies. Information about Zebra specialty printing solutions can be found at http://www.zebra.com .
 

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