When we talk about medical grade computers, we typically think of human patients. But our four-legged friends and the veterinarians that take care of them can greatly benefit from medical grade technology as well. Whether it be treating a pet in the suburbs or livestock on the farm, veterinarians treat an incredible variety of animals with a wide range of ailments. Having the right technology can not only make their jobs easier but can ensure that animals are getting the proper treatment, resulting in better patient outcomes. Here are 3 ways that veterinarians can take advantage of medical grade computers.
Antimicrobial Housings Reduce the Spread of Infection
Nosocomial infections, or infections that are transmitted in a healthcare facility, are an extreme problem for healthcare facilities. The same is true in veterinary clinics. Dogs and cats can’t be taught to cover their mouths when they cough and sneeze, so veterinary clinics must do everything that they can to mitigate the risk of germs being spread from one animal to another.
One way that can be accomplished is through the use of medical grade computers. Specifically, computers that have antimicrobial properties baked directly into the housing. As vets and technicians treat an animal, they then record that information into a computer. Then they move onto the next animal, and so on. No matter how careful the staff is, germs, bacteria, and other harmful microbes can live on the surface of a commercial grade computer for days, increasing the chance of an infection spreading to other animals. Not only does an antimicrobial surface minimize that risk, but if that same medical grade pc is also IP65, it means it can be cleaned and disinfected without there being a risk of liquid getting into the computer and damaging internal components.
Telehealth Isn’t Just for Humans
Telehealth is revolutionizing the way that doctors are treating patients. Diagnosing shut-ins, consulting with specialists and even helping nurses administer proper wound care are just some of the benefits of telehealth. Telehealth is improving access to professional healthcare for millions upon millions of people.
Easy access to veterinarians isn’t so simple. It is estimated that there are over 1 million medical doctors currently practicing medicine in the United States. By contrast, there are only around 100 thousand veterinarians. Veterinarian offices typically serve a much larger area than a primary care, urgent care or hospitals do. If the “patient” is an exotic animal like a snake or a bird, there might not be a veterinarian for hundreds of miles that specializes in treating that type of animal.
Telehealth is the obvious answer. Pet owners or farmers can communicate with their vet remotely to get an immediate consultation on cuts, bites and other common injuries that animals suffer to determine if an office visit is necessary. Vets can also reach out to specialist vets to consult on exotic animal cases, helping to reduce travel time for animals that can put them under undue stress.
ID Tagging and Quarantining Livestock
You’ve probably heard about the Internet of Things (IoT) but have you heard about the Internet of Cows? It’s a tongue in cheek reference to the growing trend of farms and ranches using RFID tags to track and collect data on livestock. The use of RFID technology is revolutionizing farming, including tracking the health of the animals.
When talking about thousands of animals on one ranch, being able to use a rugged medical tablet to scan an RFID tag and bring up that specific animal’s medical history, weight, and other pertinent data. In the event of a disease outbreak, ranchers can scan the sick animal and see what trough an animal fed from, which animals have also fed from the same trough, where they sleep and a host of other information that can allow for a quick quarantine of potentially infected animals to monitor and prevent any further spread of illness.
RFID tagging is also extremely common in domestic animals. Pets are often implanted with RFID chips about the size of a grain of rice that store information like the owner’s name, address, and phone number. In the event that a lost animal turns up at a shelter or vet office, a medical tablet with built-in RFID can be used to quickly scan for an RFID chip so the owner can be immediately contacted.
There are so many ways that medical grade computers and tablets can help to improve the efficiency and safety of veterinary medicine. For more information on the types of features that Cybernet can offer contact us here.