Health care is under constant transition to digitization, as regulations impose budget cuts in the pursuit of a better efficiency. Healthcare facilities are on the lookout for the practical, economic and ergonomic solutions that would allow them to do more with less. The advent of mobile technologies and antimicrobial coating technology has enabled manufacturers to address these needs of the healthcare facilities. The ergonomic design of medical grade computers and medical tablet PCs can now replace multiple pieces of medical equipment with a single, multipurpose device with the high computing power of a desktop PC. Technology becomes the healthcare evolution enabler, allowing hospitals to save money when replacing the aging equipment, improve staff’s performance and patient satisfaction, and comply with the growing regulatory pressure at the same time.
Needless to say, medical computers and medical tablet PCs are replacing the traditional pen & paper, textbooks, drug references, medical literature and more for doctors and nurses. The main reason – the need for better communication and a quick access to information sources, especially at the point of care.
Communication Devices and BYOD
Medical grade tablet PCs replace communication devices for voice and video calling, teleconferencing, text messages, email, chat. It is important to note how personal devices used as BYOD for work in healthcare create a host of cybersecurity, data privacy, and HIPAA/HITECH compliance issues. Just as BYOD quickly propagated through industries, now the companies are realizing its side effects. The Report on Securing and Growing The Digital Economy, issued by the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity in December 2016, notes how BYOD causes organizations to lose control over “people, locations, networks, and devices on which they once relied to secure their data.” BYOD devices lack advanced authentication, encryption, and remote management necessary to secure patients’ PHI and create a huge attack perimeter hospitals simply cannot protect.
Medical grade tablets, on the contrary, integrate in their design the data protection and security mechanisms necessary to protect patients’ health information (PHI), effectively preventing data breaches, identity theft and other identity-compromising attacks.
Medical computers and tablets are replacing the traditional PCs used for hospital information systems (HIS). They now power electronic health records (EHR), electronic medical records (EMR), laboratory information systems (LIS), picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), and clinical decision support systems (CDSS).
Medical Informational Resources
Medical computers and tablets replace medical informational resources such as textbooks, medical literature, guidelines, and drug references.
Clinical software applications used by doctors for diagnosis assistance, medical calculations, and analysis increase the efficiency of medical professionals. A study by Lifecom showed that medical assistants using a diagnostic software were 91% accurate even without using exams, imaging, and labs.
Extending the Life of Medical Carts & Legacy Equipment for Anesthesia, Drug Dispensing, EMR and Eliminating the Need for Powered Carts or External UPS
The medical computer or tablet provides mobility and flexibility in health care settings where traditional desktop PCs fail. This is why hospitals used to set up laptops atop medical carts. With the medical computers and tablets, however, clinicians now have access to a wealth of information and productivity software at their fingertips throughout their facility. Since some medical computers come with an internal battery, or even hot-swap batteries, they can be easily used with medical carts, powered and non-powered, for EMR, drug dispensing, or anesthesia carts. In the case with non-powered carts, medical computers with internal UPS replace the very UPS that otherwise has to be mounted on the cart, or require a powered cart. Read about How Aging Medical Technology Can Be Upgraded Or Integrated Into A New System for more ideas on how medical computers can extend the life of your legacy equipment.
Patient Infotainment, Remote Controls, EHR, HIT, Medical Image Viewing, Patient Monitoring and Intranet Communications
Patient infotainment systems are now widely adopted in healthcare facilities because they serve multiple purposes and are used by patients, doctors, and nurses. Not only do patient infotainment devices provide access to entertainment, instructional and productivity apps, they are also used by patients and medical staff as remote controls for the TVs, curtains, lights and beds by patients and nurses.
Doctors use the same infotainment medical tablet PCs or computers to access EHR, computerized physician order entry system, HELP, HIT, EMR, image viewing, intranet communication and patient bedside monitoring systems.
Since medical tablets are mobile and medical computers are flexible in their mounting ergonomics, medical professionals can use them anywhere in the building, and even leave the device in high-traffic public areas of a hospital or in patient rooms without compromising confidential patient data. Medical computers and tablets come with advanced authentication mechanisms, which enable the setup of multi-user profiles, and lock the confidential data securely when the device is not in use by doctors.
Embedded Computers in ORs, OCUs
Since medical grade computers have an antimicrobial coating and a fanless design, they are safe for use in the near-patient environments and are replacing traditional computers in operating rooms and intensive care units. Preventing nosocomial infections and advancing medical imaging, use of robotics and assisting software, antimicrobial medical computers bridge the gaps between the legacy medical equipment and the new, smart devices by bringing the serial ports and ergonomic mounting solutions into the equation.
Barcode Reader, RFID Reader, Smart Card Reader, Biometric Scanner, CAC Reader
These are five medical items frequently used in healthcare for drug dispensing systems, inventory management, prescriptions, patient monitoring for harnessing the wealth of data provided by IoT patient monitors and in many other processes. The medical grade computer or medical tablet PC comes with the biometric scanner capability and the reader/scanner of choice integrated with the ergonomic build. Integrating peripherals not only extends the life of the very peripherals because they are enclosed in a rugged casing, but also extends the functionality of the medical computer and productivity of your medical staff.
Medical grade computers and tablets successfully replace:
- Stationary desktop PCs.
- Embedded computers in ORs, ICUs.
- Laptops atop mobile carts in Anesthesia, EMR, drug dispensing systems.
- BYOD devices lacking security and data protection.
- External UPS.
- Limited-use patient infotainment devices by multipurpose patient infotainment and doctor productivity terminals for patient monitoring, intranet communications, vital signs and bedside monitoring.
- Remote controls for TVs, curtains, and beds.
- Barcode scanners.
- RFID readers.
- CAC readers.
- Smart Card readers.
- Biometric scanners.