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3 Ways to Automate Tedious Paper Processes in Hospitals

Nurses and doctors often voice the desire to go paperless. A recent report from International Data Corporation shows that about 40 percent of healthcare institutions have implemented paper reduction processes to operate a little greener. Although these efforts have improved a hospital’s environmental footprint, the costs of paper, ink, and daily printing are still skyrocketing. Who would have thought behind all the sophisticated medical procedures that paper processes are still expensive? Well, we’re here to provide some methods of solving perpetual paper problems that hospitals face consistently. The answers lie in technology.

Anesthesiology Enhanced with a Fanless Medical Computer

An anesthesia record is simply an account of drugs administered, procedures followed, and patient responses. Documenting it requires frequent sampling of data to ensure the patient is subdued during surgery. We’re sure millions of anesthesia administrations happen annually—one anesthesia paper record for every administration can add up over time. Plus, If you’ve ever seen an anesthesiology record for a patient, it’s almost like reading a difficult foreign language backwards. We trust in an anesthesiologist to read their own handwriting—as the rest of us may not be able to—but when transcribing it from the page to the screen as the common practice is today, that’s never a perfect two-step process. It’s basically doing double work, recording the results on paper and then entering that into the computer. Not only that, but the monitoring process is time-intensive and takes too much attention away from the patient. Wouldn’t it be nice to just track anesthesia with a computer directly? Ah, but there’s one problem. Regular computers aren’t allowed in an operating room during anesthesiology administration for surgery. That requires a dust-free environment to protect the patient, so an EMR system with fans wouldn’t do—unless you’re using a fanless medical computer.

The dual advantage of these computers is they protect the patient and they also streamline data sampling during anesthesiology administration, removing the paper process altogether. We’ve heard of use cases how some anesthesiologists were highly relieved that the process for data sampling was instant and didn’t need transcription—their computer did all the work and it saved them time. Not only does this save time, but it also allows the anesthesiologist to focus more on the patient, rather than on data entry. Suddenly, the tedious and error-prone process of paper data sampling turns into a process handled solely by the anesthesiology application. Imagine a stack of paper one million sheets high, one for every anesthesia operation done annually in a hospital and suddenly the savings are clear. 

Interoperability Still a Concern

Three surveys released in 2015 performed by researchers from the Office of the National Coordinator point to improved interoperability among hospital data systems. However, transmitting records from one EHR system to another was the least “improved-upon” function—clearly, efforts in improving interoperability have been made, but there’s still room to grow. So naturally, nurses and physicians resort to printing out records. Consider that printing out records consistently could lead to a drain on time and money—we shudder at how much ink still costs today. But the fact remains that there are still paper-heavy processes because of systems that don’t play nice with each other.

Large EMR systems, like Epic or Cerner, eliminate interoperability issues by bringing multiple applications and processes under one software. But in order for these complex software systems to work properly, you need a medical grade all in one computer that is compliant with their requirements. The high interoperability features of these software packages generally operate seamlessly, but it takes a computer powerful enough to run them. It’s not realistic to remove paper processes entirely—sometimes jotting down a note doesn’t really need a computer system—but we’re sure you can see a reduction in administrative costs from using the right kind of system coupled with high-interoperability software.

Registration Woes End with a Medical Grade Tablet

Paperwork—a dreaded life requirement that everyone faces at some point. It’s reported from some sources that patient registration on paper costs healthcare 45 billion dollars annually. Admissions packets average around 14 sheets of paper—multiply that per new patient, per day, and suddenly that price makes a lot of sense. Millions of hospital registrations happen annually, and with each paper-based registration, errors can be introduced and set procedures can lengthen registration time, and costs continue to climb. 

To specifically reduce administrative costs (and save the environment), patients and medical staff can all benefit from using a medical grade tablet so the process of entering patient information and storage is immediate. Attack one of the higher expenses in healthcare by using a tablet for administrative uses, reducing paper usage, curtailing ink usage, and even ensuring fewer errors with proper registration software. Plus, the medical grade tablet’s easy-to-clean screen and antimicrobial housing keep germs at bay inside of hospitals and doctors’ offices. Unfortunately, that doesn’t take the work part out of paperwork, but we’re sure some folks like taking the good over the bad. 

The way to a paperless future lies within technology; by using the right kind of medical grade all in one computer, your institution can see less of an investment in paper, ink, and costly printer repairs while also ensuring patients get the best available healthcare. In short, go green and save some green. Contact us to learn more.

 

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EHR and it’s Evolution into CHR: A Critical Look at Cutting-Edge Technology in Healthcare

Epic CEO, Judy Faulker, recently expressed her view how Electronic Health Records are evolving into Comprehensive Health Records—a term that evaluates more than just a specific window of sampling an individual’s health from doctor visits. CHR is a term that may be invented as the new EHR, incorporating more data and analysis of a patient that stems from their in-clinic or hospital visits and their time outside of a medical facility too. Foraging into a new technology frontier that implies a near-constant evaluation of a person’s well-being may sound like an answer that physicians have been looking for, but anyone who is ever a patient (all of us) could be under the scrutiny of patient tracking technology that could be always on, always tracking. Yes, the benefit is physicians can understand the entire gamut of a patient’s health by seeing comprehensive snapshots of activity from day to day, but do the costs outweigh the benefits? Are we already in the pathway of the “Big Data” steamroller? Let’s take a critical look.

Are We Already Headed Down this Path?

Many individuals are already familiar with utilizing in-home tracking devices and food intake monitoring, so the “at home” concept of tracking health isn’t new. Wearable fitness trackers coupled with diet and exercise apps are near ubiquitous in society today. There are also several medical grade devices like blood sampling devices or blood pressure monitors to see how trackable vitals are measured outside of the doctor’s office and clinics. But now that CHR is becoming a reality for EHR corporations, there are implications to consider about how this data would be collected into a central repository. If CHR will incorporate the data from consumer-grade devices into an EMR system, how will this data transfer occur? Would EHR software developers have to build integrations for the hundreds of various fitness apps and wearables that are available on the consumer market.  Would we need to entrust app developers and wearable manufacturers with the responsibility of building those integrations? We could see EHR software developers create their own consumer apps and wearables, but that raises even more questions. Would software developers even want to enter the arena of app development and medical device manufacturing? And if they did, how do get a patient to willingly utilize something they may not want to?

CHR and Big Data: How Accurate is the Information?

A patient may be under the scrutiny of a doctor for monitoring their food intake for diabetes, and it’s likely a common thing some individuals may “cheat” on their diet—maybe someone once logged a dinner of chicken and vegetables when instead they indulged a large burger and fries. That second iced mocha of the day might get “forgotten” when it comes time to update their food log. The same propensity to “cheat” when recording time spent at the gym lifting weights, or doing yoga can creep in if we are entrusting the patient to log their own activity. So manual input data needs to be examined and taken lightly if it’s to be wrapped into CHR. Plus, there’s the question of accuracy of wearable devices—many aren’t as devices used in hospitals, clinics and doctors offices. How accurate is a pedometer? How accurate is a sleep tracking device you can purchase off the shelf? Can that be incorporated into a medical health profile? And furthermore, even if the comprehensive data is used for analysis for health, can that be considered an invasion of privacy?

Is the CHR Data Secure Enough?

With potentially thousands of different devices tracking different variables such as food intake, steps taken, heart rate, and other measurable factors, there’s a concern of how all that data might be transferred to EMR systems. Since hospitals have begun implementing BYOD practices among their staff, securing has become a massive point of concern. Medical grade computers are specifically designed with a number of privacy safeguards built into them to protect patient data. Now imagine the security risks if data is being transferred from millions of unsecured consumer devices. We’ve discussed at length in the past that patient medical records are even more valuable on the black market than an individual’s financial data. Now you have to consider millions of new vulnerabilities for hackers to try and exploit. So how would a transfer happen? Wireless transfer? Patient web portals? If CHR is to incorporate an unknown breadth of data, will HIPAA laws need to be rewritten to account for vulnerabilities that can’t be controlled by a healthcare facility or a doctor’s office?

CHR Data and the Implications of Insurance

Insurance companies evaluate a patient’s medical history gauge what their premiums should be. It’s a given that if someone smokes, healthcare is more expensive for them. If we are to enter a new era of healthcare data, can insurance companies utilize more comprehensive methods of evaluating someone’s health? If a patient claims that they run three times a week, and yet their pedometer shows no activity outside of walking, will that reflect on their bill? How far does the willingness go to track aspects of someone’s life? CHR is prepped to track not only how we treat ourselves, but our social lives too. Will all these medical and social effects on our well-being be reflected in insurance companies and their premiums? While the intent of CHR would be to compile the most comprehensive view of an individuals health, the information could very easily be used to create more “high risk” pools by insurance companies, and could even price some users out of the market completely.

These are just a handful of questions to ask as the encroaching concept of CHR starts to hit EMR companies. They’re evolving, perhaps for the better of our lives and health, but there are strong implications of privacy, accuracy, security, and unfortunately impact on wallets too. For now, EMR systems have not yet seen that evolution, and quite frankly they shouldn’t until these questions are answered. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well. Please comment below and let us know what you think about CHR.


 

EHR Compatibility

A Few Problems Medical Professionals Face with EHR Compatibility

Per the Health IT Dashboard, 87 percent of hospitals in the United States started utilizing EHR software in 2015, a massive jump in a ten-year timespan from 25 percent in 2005. It’s clear use of EHR software has become the majority standard in a decade. Medical professionals stick by this method of health IT and information monitoring because it reduces error, streamlines processes, and ensures patient satisfaction. However, that doesn’t suggest the EHR software universe is snag-free. As with any software, problems can arise when a new EHR software product is released into a medical environment with a competing software product, and many sources note that a collective of medical professionals are raising concerns about one of the most pressing aspects of EHR software: interoperability. This aspect of EHR does not address the capability or functionality of the software itself, but rather data transfer between systems that run on medical monitors. It comes down to what’s called the CCD, or continuing care document.

In EHR Compatibility, the CCD is What Matters Most

The CCD, per Wikipedia, is an “XML-based markup standard intended to specify the encoding, structure, and semantics of a patient summary clinical document for exchange.” A compromised development by ASTM International and Health Level Seven International’s Clinical Document Architecure, it is encoded by EHR software as it contains a substantial amount of data including medications, allergies, problems, lab results, and patient chart data. This document is widely shared among medical computers and EHR devices. While not a complete medical record, the CCD includes just the most crucial information for effective medical care. It should be viewable via any standard web browser, but some voices lament that’s not always the case with a lot of EHR software, which leads to one of the most prevalent problems in healthcare IT…

EHR Compatibility Can be Terrible Because of Proprietary Formatting

Much like proprietary audio files or specific Apple chargers vs. Android phone chargers, not every EHR software product exports a CCD that will be read by another. At first glance, it may seem that transferring EHR between systems is just a file transfer, but how does that file transfer take place? If medical professionals bring their own devices, there are HIPAA security concerns—putting a patient’s data on a USB flash drive certainly isn’t secure. If one EHR system is web-based and another isn’t, how does an individual transfer the files? Does a physician-hosted EHR system function with a remotely hosted system or a cloud-based system? EHR compatibility problems can arise within hospitals—not just on a hospital to hospital transfer—if their IT departments decide on conflicting software environments, further causing connectivity problems. It’s a tough call between remaining secure, transferring the information from one medical monitor to another, and finding the quickest way to do so without compromising the data. Sometimes medical professionals have to print EHR documents and transcribe them to another platform, introducing human error and lengthening a typically automated process. EHR has been a wide success because of the Meaningful Use program and the HITECH Act, but medical staff still spend time bothering with menial tasks getting information from A to B. Health care companies are encouraging EHR software developers to start using open format file types instead of proprietary. There’s still a lot of room to improve, unfortunately.

EHR Compatibility Depends on the Medical Computer

Certain medical computers, while meeting FDA standards for near-patient use, aren’t compatible with all EHR systems—some medical monitors operate on a 4:3 aspect ratio, while EHR systems may utilize a 16:9 ratio to display a full gamut of patient information. A computer with an incompatible display may reject software installation or could limit the functionality of the software. Furthermore, highly advanced EHR systems require two-factor authentication, and if a system isn’t equipped with hardware to scan authentication methods, it may likely reject installation. Compatibility isn’t just a matter of speaking with other EHR software products—it’s a matter if the medical monitor in question can even support it.

A Way Out of EHR Compatibility Concern

Epic is one of the most prominent EHR systems used in the medical industry, and there’s a strong reason for it; interoperability is a key aspect of the Epic EHR system. There have been strides to see a universal healthcare data format for EHR systems, but it’s still a goal that not every company adheres to yet, even though Epic has been a key software product in that avenue. The Sequoia Project is an organization that advocates for nationwide health information exchange, and Carequality is a project within Sequoia designed to address interoperability between all parties in a healthcare IT network—addressing policy and technical agreements for the exchange of data. As for now, EHR compatibility can be addressed by ensuring all computers running a specific EHR—whichever it may be—remain in the same local “network.” Having a unified system with similar hardware cuts down on training time and bypasses any compatibility problems. Ensuring that the computers that run the EHR software are certified for that software is a must too—purchasing a computer deployment that ultimately doesn’t work with a given EHR system is wasted money. If your corporation goes with Epic for your EHR solution, keep in mind that many of our CyberMed computers are Epic and Cerner certified.

Hopefully in the near future we’ll see a unified, open format data file shareable among all EHR systems so we can focus on patient health instead of the technology supporting it. This unified system will take effort from several roles—the government, EHR providers, payers, and patients too. Some medical professionals argue that EHR developers must have proper incentives to cater to a unified system; it is a competitive market, after all.

 

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4 Reasons Why All-in-One Space Saving Computers are Best for the Enterprise Setting

The enterprise setting is not easily defined; multiple dictionaries define the enterprise as merely a business organization, a particular project, a systematic, purposeful activity, or other generic definitions. That doesn’t define how an enterprise functions. It may function as a handful of employees in a small office, or perhaps a few thousand employees in a tower block setting. Regardless, an enterprise will always need to function under certain constraints, and computer arrangement must fit within those constraints. Sometimes an enterprise must use all in one PCs for a variety of reasons. Here’s four examples of what we mean when we claim these space saving computers are best for the enterprise setting.

Space Saving Computers Get Rid of the Rat’s Nests

When a series of computers are deployed in an enterprise setting, IT professionals must use careful consideration of all the peripherals and devices a system might be integrated with. Think of all the cables one computer might need—a desktop computer needs main power, monitor connectivity and power, an ethernet cable out to a router, a USB keyboard, USB mouse, speaker power and connectivity, and other connections. Gather a series of computers in this fashion, and suddenly the cable management task turns into a fiasco! If eight computers are deployed into a small office or cubicle environment, how will these cables be routed? Are there safety concerns? The more wires an IT team has to consider in computer deployment, the longer it may take to get to full production status—which means more money. Time and money constraints, especially early in setting up an enterprise, are crucial factors for a business whether the business is migrating to a new office or setting up initial infrastructure.

A huge benefit to all in one PCs is that they have minimal wires. Typically these computers are bundled with wireless mice and keyboards, so the “rat’s nest” factor is a small concern. Wireless network cards are often built-in as well, so instead of planning out an ethernet connectivity setup, the all in one PCs can connect directly to a wireless router to reduce cable management efforts. At the very least, a space saving computer needs just one cable—for power!

Space Saving Computers Help with Hardware Needs

If an IT team purchases a series of desktop computers, does that fit the intended use? It’s a no-brainer all computers need monitors, and all in one PCs have that necessity taken care of. A conference computer might need a webcam to hold weekly meetings with different offices. Perhaps all computers will need webcams to hold online conferences to discuss key business points—and so which webcam does a business acquire, and for how many computers? Perhaps a particular webcam won’t work with a certain model computer, easily complicating implementation. To add, sometimes desks aren’t suitable for specific work areas, necessitating a different approach to implementing a computer. So how does one solve all these problems?

Cybernet’s all in one PCs are uniform in design, so corporations can deploy them with ease. Not enough desk space for a computer? Mount the space saving computer on a VESA mount and use the touch screen capability! Need to move a computer with a webcam to a different workstation? All enterprise computers are equipped with webcams. All in one PCs take care of the guesswork of which computers might need what peripherals, providing a solution in a complete package.

Ease of Project Deployment and Imaging

Will all computers be running engineering software? If that’s the case, it’s best to order a series of all in one PCs as a deployment project to ensure everyone has identical hardware and software. Migrating old computers with a group of newly deployed computers could turn into a compatibility nightmare—we shudder at mixing Windows XP with Windows 10, or a PC with an Apple computer. Ensuring identical hardware and software will reduce compatibility problems, increase office synergy, and ensure fewer problems for IT to handle down the road. Plus, one computer can be configured a specific way to operate for business use and that configuration can be “cloned” to install on all remaining machines, saving IT more time and money. Consider a small office—30 people—each with their own computer. Every crucial component in that small office has a risk of breaking down and halting production for at least one employee. Purchasing a series of identical all in one PCs is the pathway to getting an individual employee up and running quickly. With drive imaging, the space saving computer can be immediately replaced, turning downtime into virtually no time and getting employees back to work. Also, with the built-in battery that some models carry, employees can save their work in the event of a power failure.

Space Saving Computers Have a Wider Market

IT professionals often shop for computers that fit specific jobs—worsening the compatibility aspect. What’s more is some desktop computers can cost thousands more than basic desktops based on the individual needs of employees. At Cybernet, each space saving computer has a wider range of capability than their desktop brethren; an engineer can benefit from using a space saving computer just as much as a graphic designer can. The touch screen technology can be used as a designer’s drawing space or an industrial worker’s touch panel PC, combining two marketable applications into one PC solution. A space saving computer can be connected to a large television and turned into a conference room PC, complete with webcam and a wireless keyboard and mouse set. Cybernet’s all in one PCs fit more specific jobs because of their increased functionality and capability across markets.

The versatility of Cybernet’s all in one PCs, like the iOne H24, make them perfect for an enterprise setting by reducing clutter, easing deployment if a technical problem arises, broadening the applicable market for each workstation, and increasing office synergy by ensuring compatibility between stations.

How Two-Factor Authentication can Improve HIT Security

How Two-Factor Authentication is a Small-Scale Standard for Protecting Information

This year is no stranger to cyber-security attacks. One need only to refer to the Equifax data leak to recall security mishaps or the ransomware culprit “WannaCry” that holds protected information “ransom” unless victims pay to have the compromised files released. These and other attacks hit several corporations utilizing infrastructure weaknesses and security ignorance, compromising information for voters, financial records, email records, and other sensitive information, bringing a higher awareness to the online community about keeping all information as safe as possible. One area that is often overlooked is personal medical records, which can be just as valuable to cyber criminals as personal financial data. That’s where Two-Factor Authentication can come into play for healthcare IT professionals. It can ensure data is just as safe at the individual user level as it is protected on a massive, corporate scale.

Problems of Single Authentication

Authentication refers to one of the various methods of accessing important information, whether it’s a remembered password, a physical authentication token, a common access card, a biometric scanner storing user-specific information, or other methods. The problem with some of these methods is they’re too weak—unsophisticated passwords can be guessed by brute force, passwords can be forgotten, or worse, passwords can be stolen and then used by unauthorized individuals. Access cards can get lost, stolen, or “ripped” by devices that pull the information off of them to be reused maliciously. Cheap biometric devices may incorrectly read a person’s face or fingerprint, locking out access or providing access to the wrong individual. Compound these problems in an environment with a lot of sensitive data, and suddenly single authentication becomes the problem rather than the proper security protocol.

How Two-Factor Authentication Addresses Problems

Instead of using complex passwords that can lock users out or flee bad memory, authentication can be approved by using accurate biometric scanners and RFID identifiers integrated onto the medical grade PCs and tablets that healthcare professionals use on a daily basis, removing human entry altogether. By removing the human element—loss and forgetfulness—medical professionals can access patient information with minimized risk to violating HIPAA laws.  Imprivata’s intelligent Single Sign-On platform removes the need to remember complex passwords and erroneous entries—this is a security protocol standard that requires certified hardware in order to authenticate successfully. Also, using a highly accurate biometric scanner is a must-have since fingerprints cannot be lost or “stolen” much like cards can. Ensuring these systems are in place and functioning properly is key for maximum possible security on patient information.

Two-Factor Authentication is a Growing Standard for Medical Computers

Seen as Two-Factor Authentication is a growing tech trend in hospitals in some states, it’s already at the forefront of security protocols for medical professionals and hospitals to use on their medical computers. Ohio is the first state to require Two-Factor Authentication for HIPAA laws. However, nearly half the hospitals in the United States are using Two-Factor protocols, meaning it is quickly becoming the standard, even if it isn’t mandated by law. Corporations are using high-quality authentication protocols that require certified hardware in order to authenticate properly, such as Imprivata’s sophisticated Single Sign-On platform and CrossMatch’s high-quality biometric scanners that are Imprivata-certified. These necessary certifications are the best market-available products to ensure security.

Two-“Fact”or Authentication Facts

The Office of the National Coordination for HIT recently reported that there was a 53-percent jump in hospitals over the course of four years that started utilizing Two-Factor Authentication for their HIT needs. Christus Health, an Imprivata user, reported over 2.3 million dollars was saved using Single Sign-On technology. Crossmatch’s DigitalPersona technology has been implemented in several HIT companies, touting ease-of-use across multiple IT infrastructures. Using these technologies together is making an impact in today’s HIT world.

Solutions for Two-Factor Authentication

The good news is that every medical computer that Cybernet manufactures is customizable for Two-Factor Authentication—biometrics, CAC integration, or RFID scanning can be added for security needs. Plus, Cybernet’s computers are approved for Imprivata Single Sign-On use, so the human element has been removed for password entry. Our biometric scanners come from CrossMatch, which are high-quality readers certified to work with Imprivata—you can rest assured that a biometric reading will be accurate and that it will authenticate users with Imprivata SSO. These security protocols in place minimize information leaks and keep out unwanted individuals from accessing what they shouldn’t have access to. Visit the Cybernet website to see how we can customize our hardware to meet your unique needs.

Responding To Budget Cuts In The Healthcare Industry Through Technology That Serves A Dual Purpose

The financial climate in the US healthcare is currently termed as “an acute funding crisis.” With severe budget cuts in hospital payments, the healthcare system is under a great pressure. On the one hand, the Affordable Care Act urges facilities to adopt healthcare IT such as EMRs and increase the digitization of the workflow. Medicare & Medicaid are shifting from fee-for-service to value-based incentives rewarding cost-effective patient care and high quality. On the other hand, the budget cuts aren’t helping hospitals make the necessary investment in healthcare IT. Hospitals are seeking ways to reduce spending, comply with the regulations and provide better healthcare at the same time.

Science and technology are key enablers in finding ways of improving the quality and efficiency of care and reducing cost. The effective use of technology helps hospitals tackle the budgeting challenge with the all-in-one, multi-purpose devices. Traditional, consumer computers and laptops are giving way to medical all-in-ones while the advent of mobile technologies sees a wide adoption of medical mobile devices.

Installation

Medical all-in-one PCs are transformers of sorts, so no wonder healthcare facilities are solving the problem of space constraints through ergonomic solutions. A computer that has been designed for medical use can be mounted on a wall, on a cart, on the desktop, or at the patient bedside, in operating rooms, intensive care units. Standard VESA holes allow for the easy installation in most hospital areas in a simple, affordable manner.

Deployment

Hardware providers are looking to cater increasingly customizable solutions. Healthcare facilities can order no cost disk imaging, so their computers are shipped with their operating system of choice complete with their enterprise license. This also means the computers come with zero bloatware and the complete productivity suite already installed. It significantly reduces the strain on the overloaded hospital IT staff, reducing the time and cost of the deployment of new devices.

Integration, Interoperability

A medical all-in-one computer or tablet gets naturally integrated into the existing ecosystem of a healthcare facility, further cutting the deployment costs. For example, integration with EMR charting systems such as EPIC, eClinical, Cerner, Meditech and Nextgen, or anesthesia applications does not require additional resources.

A seamless integration also suggests the device’s compatibility with legacy hardware. Support for legacy equipment brings a unified, connected data flow to a medical computer, and when used in conjunction with cloud sync, it provides the personnel with a timely access to critical information about all episodes of care and relevant tests, conditions and reading from the legacy equipment.

Staff Training

It is one thing when decision-makers introduce new technology with the aim to cut a facility’s spending, but it is a different story when the end user on the front line has to make that device work. From that perspective, Windows-based all-in-one computers and tablets require a minimum investment of time or funds. The touchscreen technology has been in the arena for quite a while now, and healthcare workers have been using their personal devices for work during the past few years now (BYOD). Windows-based touchscreens in all-in-one computers and tablets are easy-to-use. They represent the touch-based variant of their traditional desktop computers, so the only aspect requiring additional instructions would be the use of integrated peripherals and biometric authentication.

Serving Multiple Purposes & Streamlining Workflow

Big Data

The use of data in and of itself is a great enabler of healthcare modernization through:

  • boosting medical automation
  • meaningful use of EHR
  • remote patient vitals monitoring
  • reducing errors and avoidable overuse such as duplicate tests
  • advancing telemedicine and as a result reducing readmissions and preventable admissions
  • providing connectivity and timely access to data

Security, Tracking, Automating

The technology that serves multiple purposes integrates a few more cost effective solutions:

  • integrated biometric readers/fingerprint scanners that safeguard sensitive records
  • integrated RFID reader for enhanced patient and inventory tracking
  • integrated CAC/ smart card reader for secure user authentication
  • integrated Barcode reader for a multitude of applications

While biometric readers and smart cards serve the purpose of secure user authentication, RFID and barcode technology has a significantly wider adoption in healthcare – from medication tracking to patient identification, anti-abduction and anti-elopement, counterfeit programs and much more.

Mobility, Patient Monitoring and Involvement

Medical mobile tablets push the boundaries even further. Because they are rugged, they are mounted in ambulance vehicles and used on the go by the first responders. In hospitals, they empower doctors and nurses via a meaningful use of EHR and patient vitals tracking. A medical tablet is widely used by doctors for patient tracking and EMR, and by patients for infotainment, which has proved to increase patient satisfaction significantly.

Through the use of HELP and Apache applications and an integrated barcode scanner in medical mobile tablets, doctors reduce prescription and diagnostic errors, enhance medication prescription and dispensing, as well as streamline prescription issuing.

Fail Rate, Cost of Ownership, Lifespan

The true ROI of healthcare IT is best seen in the long-term perspective, the so-called cumulative impact or “productivity paradox of IT.” Medical computers and tablets that are at par with the industry requirements have a lifespan significantly longer than that of the consumer counterparts used in healthcare.

The increased lifespan is possible due to the low fail rates of medical all-in-ones and tablets, less than 2%. Quality, military-grade components ensure the durability and dependable MTBF of the discreet parts. In some cases, a fanless build adds even more to the equation by eliminating moving parts and deploying a passive cooling system.

Hence, the low fail rate and long lifespan of medical all-in-ones reduce maintenance, repair and replacements costs otherwise inevitable with consumer-grade computers.

Compliance, Liabilities

HIPAA, HITECH, IDC et al. add more strain on the hospitals’ budgets – compliance and liabilities stemming from non-compliance. Data protection and prevention of nosocomial infections are high on the agenda for healthcare facilities. Failure to deploy adequate means of data protection such as encryption and proper user authentication may result in significant fines. Likewise, high rates of hospital-acquired infections account for the bigger part of hospital readmissions. Not to mention how they affect the patient satisfaction.

Medical computers and tablets now address both of these nagging issues. Data security – through integrated biometric or CAC readers, nosocomial infections – through antimicrobial housing and touchscreen.

Even though the cost of delivering quality healthcare is spiraling, the effective use of ergonomic technology that serves multiple purposes helps hospitals reduce costs in both short- and long-term perspective.

What You Should Be Aware of When It Comes to Maintaining Your All-In-One PC

The popularity of all-in-one computers has made it the perfect option for professionals who are looking for a device that is versatile enough to address a host of work-related tasks. The powerful graphics system, touchscreen technology, and versatile mounting options of an all-in-one PC make it extremely adaptable to a diverse amount of working conditions. Purchasing an all-in-one computer is one thing but keeping it in good condition is a different proposition. You want to make sure that you get to use the device for an extended period of time. Maintaining your all-in-one PC will ensure reliability from your device. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you have to be aware of when it comes to maintaining an all-in-one computer.

Backing up Your Data

Purchasing an all-in-one computer is pretty straightforward. More often than not, the device will be ready for use right out of the box. Over time, there may be some concerns that you have to address as far as maintaining your device goes. One of the more basic ways of maintaining an all-in-one PC is to check your hard drive space regularly to ensure that you have enough storage available for your files. Keeping your computer system’s files backed up is a great way for you to keep your data secure. These basic steps aren’t enough to ensure that you get to avoid tricky maintenance operations. If you want to install a bigger hard drive or additional memory in your all-in-one computer, you need to gain access to the internal components of the device.

Technical Knowledge

The biggest thing that you have to resolve is the level of technical knowledge that is required to work with the internal components of a computer. If you do possess the technical know-how to replace components like the CPU, hard drive, and memory, then this isn’t really a concern. If you don’t know how to manipulate the parts of your all-in-one computer, make sure that you are able to send the unit back to the manufacturer for repairs.

Enclosed Systems

You need to be aware of the fact that some PC manufacturers design their devices to have an enclosed system. PCs that have an enclosed system prevent you from opening it up without voiding the warranty. You need to have your PC shipped to its manufacturer if you want to have it repaired or if you want to replace specific parts.

Opening Your PC

In order to secure easy maintenance options, make sure that you are able to open the PC without voiding the warranty. Having easy access to the internals of your all-in-one computer will allow you to do simple repairs by yourself. Ideally, the manufacturer of your PC should be able to send you the parts that you need for maintenance operations. Having access to the internal components of your computer can allow you to immediately address issues like long boot up times and slow computing operations. By opening up your computer and installing a faster hard drive or more memory, you can easily upgrade your system to run in a more efficient fashion.

The Cybernet Advantage

Cybernet manufactures all-in-one computers that allow users to easily access the inside of our PCs. Users can upgrade the device’s RAM, CPU, and hard drive without having to deal with an enclosed system. If you encounter issues that require a more extensive repair operation, Cybernet can diagnose troublesome hardware and software issues and resolve them immediately. With fast turnaround times and a responsive service team, you won’t have to deal with the lengthy downtime associated with typical maintenance and repair procedures.

The Product Life Cycle of Your All-In-One Computer and Medical Tablet

For various industries, there is a marked need to purchase tools like all-in-one computers to process a number of tasks. For professionals who work within the healthcare industry, the use of all-in-one medical PCs and medical tablets significantly reduce the burden that is present in highly specialized tasks. Before administrators can begin purchasing electronic devices, they must familiarize themselves with the importance that a product’s life cycle plays as far as the question of utility is concerned. No one wants to purchase a device that reaches product maturity within the span of a few months. Let’s take a look at a few details involved in the product life cycle and what you should be on the lookout for when you begin to look for electronics that you can use within the professional setting.

The Product Life Cycle

Essentially, every product that is available for purchase goes through a specific life cycle. A product life cycle refers to the stages that a device goes through from introduction, growth, maturity, and obsolescence. Depending on the item that you end up purchasing, a product’s life cycle could run for years or a handful of months. It is important for every professional to pay attention to every device’s life cycle if they want to maximize the money that they invest in purchasing them.

Length of Use

The biggest question that administrators need to mull over before they purchase a PC or a medical tablet is the length of time that they intend to use the device for. Given the state of the economy, it would not be wise for you to purchase a device towards the end of its life cycle. Ideally, you should be able to use the computer that you purchase for at least four years before you begin looking for a replacement. In the past, electronics used to have a product life cycle of 3 years. Now, PCs can be used in the workplace for as long as 5 years before they need to be replaced. You need to make sure that the PC or medical tablet that you purchase can be used for 5 years.

Industry Specific IT Concerns

You have to make sure that the device you purchase is compatible with your professional needs. As far as the life cycle is concerned, you need to determine whether the PC or medical tablet that you’re eyeing responds to your company’s IT lifecycle needs. It is vital for healthcare administrators to purchase devices that will last for a good long while. The surest way for you to ensure that this becomes the case is to take a look at the plans that the manufacturer has for the product in question. If the manufacturer offers support for the device well into the future, then that is a sign of a lengthy product life cycle.

In a clinical setting, certification is a big concern and a number of months may need to pass before your device is certified for professional use. Given the span of time that it takes for the certification process to complete itself, a lengthy product lifecycle is the best way for you to look after all of your professional concerns. If the manufacturer that you’re working with constantly introduces new products within the span of a few months, the issue of cost begins to turn into a major problem. Constant product changes will require healthcare professionals to go through the recertification process. The healthcare industry isn’t the only sector that is affected by short product lifecycles. Enterprise class customers in different industries will be required to change their software configurations constantly if the devices that they’ve purchased come with an extremely finite product lifecycle.

In order for you to avoid the severe cost requirements of these trends, look for companies that have a lengthy product life cycle. Usually, the span of time that separates the release of a new product line is the main thing that you need to take a look at. Longer waiting periods between product releases is a solid indicator of a device’s potential product life cycle.

Upgradeability and Warranty Periods

Look for PCs and tablets that have an extensive array of upgradeability options. If the device in question allows for future upgrades like adding a touch screen interface or other hardware expansion options, then it possesses a solid life cycle. Always be aware of the warranty period before you purchase electronics. If you can, opt for extended warranties that last for about 4 – 5 years. If the device does have a life cycle of 5 years, you want to be certain that the warranty protects it for the same amount of time.

The Cybernet Advantage

Cybernet manufactures devices with lengthy product life cycles. From the standpoint of cost, a variety of industries are poised to enjoy a great deal of savings because of the nature of each Cybernet product’s lifecycle. Healthcare professionals and enterprise class clients in different industries benefit from Cybernet’s lengthy product lifecycle.

Several clients have used Cybernet devices until they reach their final stages of use. Many Cybernet customers have used the company’s products for more than a decade before they look for a replacement. For industries that require periodic upgrades over a period of four years, Cybernet has an extensive array of products that can keep up with the IT lifecycle needs of your company. Typically, every Cybernet device has an average product lifecycle of 3 – 5 years before a newer version is released. Previous products will still be available for purchase for a year even after a new version of the device has been released.

Cybernet adopts a proactive approach towards extending product support to its clients. The company gives each client an end of life notice when the purchased device approaches obsolescence. Even after the end of life notice has been given, Cybernet still offers service and support options for the device for up to 5 years. Support services will be extended for as long as the components that are required for the task are still available. Clients also have the opportunity for a last time buy after the end of life notice has been given.

As industry trends evolve, each device needs to be prepared to respond to a variety of new requirements. Cybernet’s extensive upgrade options for their devices ensure that nothing gets overlooked. Depending on your requirements, several levels of device customization options allow you to adapt to shifting industry needs. Upgrade possibilities allow you to add components like RS232 serial ports and Video Capture ports to the device that you’ve purchased a while back/

All these aspects combine to make Cybernet devices the superior option when it comes to fulfilling industry – related needs. Professionals who purchase Cybernet devices will enjoy great support from the company given the fact that the vendor is also the original equipment manufacturer. To ensure that you get to use reliable devices with lengthy product life cycles purchase Cybernet products to keep costs and constant upgrade requirements at bay.

The Necessary Components of a Rugged All–in–One Computer

All–in–one computers have become ubiquitous in the contemporary professional landscape. Several professionals have grown to rely on the potent combination of ergonomics, features, and reliability that these devices possess. Whether you’re a student in a University, a surgeon who’s dealing with sensitive medical cases on a regular basis, or a small business owner who wants to employ cost effective tools, there’s sure to be an all–in–one computing device to suit your specific needs. Before you can purchase a specific option, it is imperative for you to develop an understanding of the demands inherent in your working environment. If you’re situated in a place where working conditions are volatile and demanding, you must implement an IT solution that can withstand extreme environments. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you need to consider.

Industrial Grade Fanless Cooling System

The environment that you’re working in should be the main factor that guides your purchasing decision. Industrial settings will have a variety of debris strewn about the workplace. Dust, dirt, and chemicals are things that you encounter on a regular basis and the last thing that you want is a computer fan stirring debris. Look for an all–in–one computing device with a fanless cooling system to ensure that your device is kept at optimum operational levels without scattering debris all over the workplace.

Failproof with Military Grade Components

The very bones of the computing device you utilize must be scrutinized before you can make a final purchasing decision. The biggest priority is to find a device that comes fitted with military grade components. This immediately grants you the great relief of never having to worry about the sudden breakdown of your computing device in the middle of a critical work operation. Devices that are made from military grade components provide their users with an extreme degree of reliability, making them perfect for use in highly demanding work setups.

Temperature Fluctuations and Shock Resistance

An extended amount of exposure to certain incidents will whittle away the lifespan of electronics that aren’t designed to withstand them. Exposure to extreme fluctuations in temperature, constant vibratory activity, and other similar situations will compromise the integrity of your computing device if they don’t possess the features necessary to withstand these harsh elements. Look for computing devices with the mechanisms required to secure its internal components. This makes them virtually impervious to drops, extreme instances of vibration, and other events that induce a great deal of physical shock. Be cognizant of the dynamic range of temperature that the device you’re eyeing possesses as well. As a rule, an all–in–one computer that comes equipped with a higher degree of dynamic range will be able to withstand sudden fluctuations in temperature with greater ease.

Cybernet manufactures all-in-one computers that come equipped with components that are perfect for the volatile working environments present in the industrial sector. Merging the qualities of ergonomics and elevated build quality, each device can readily adapt to the demands of even the most unconventional professional situation. To learn more about how Cybernet’s all-in-one computers can address your professional needs, visit us at www.cybernet.us.

The Benefits of Large Displays in an All–in–One Computer

There has been a considerable amount of attention that has been paid to the nature of all–in–one computing devices. The level of desirability that these devices currently possess has been heightened. Some people attribute the rising levels of interest to the space responsive ergonomics of the device. Space limitations become a thing of the past when you choose to integrate a slim all–in–one computer into your personal office space. The nature of the screen of an all–in–one computer is another design aspect that has increased the level of desirability that these devices enjoy. Large displays can be a great thing for you to possess. Some people may be quick to dismiss large displays as being an exercise in overcompensation but there are numerous benefits that could be derived from this element that prevents you from completely writing it off as a gimmick. Let’s go through a few of the benefits inherent in the large displays of all–in–one computing devices.

Productivity

Part of the reason why professionals choose to purchase an all–in–one computer is to enhance their levels of productivity. A large computer display impacts your productivity in a significant manner. When you are in the possession of extensive screen real estate, you no longer have to resort to frequent micro management to keep all of your applications in sight over the course of a single working period. With a large display, you can have all of the applications that you need on the screen simultaneously without having to minimize and re–shuffle windows every now and then. This enables you to maximize your time as you shuttle from one computer based process to the next.

Recreation

Work output isn’t the only thing that is affected by a large computer screen. If you use an all–in–one computer for recreational purposes, having a large display increases the quality of your viewing experience in an exponential manner. Watching videos and playing games in a large screen changes the nature of the viewing experience. The contrast that these large displays possess also means that you get to view text and images with pin sharp clarity. Without a doubt, viewing data through a large computer display is not the only option for discerning buyers.

Using Your Device from a Distance

Some of the conventional computing devices that are currently employed require their users to stay within their immediate proximity before they can utilize them efficiently. Part of the advantage that can be derived from large computer displays is the ability for you to use them from a specific distance. Through the use of wireless peripherals, you can easily navigate the computer’s interface from a host of positions. Presenting graphics and slides to an audience can be executed easily with an extensive computer screen as well. You no longer have to connect your computer to a projector to properly execute a presentation when you can just load your slides directly from its large display.

Cybernet manufactures all-in-one computers that come equipped with extensive display screens. The viewing experience that can be derived from large all–in–one computer screens can significantly impact business presentations and document processing–related tasks. To learn more about how Cybernet’s all-in-one computers can address your professional needs, visit us at www.cybernet.us.