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Elderly Care Technology

Improving Elderly Care with the Latest Medical Technology

Improving elderly care isn’t just about helping older folks now — it’s about looking into the future, at the kind of needs an increasing elderly population will need down the line.

Luckily, medical technology, medical computers, and interconnectivity are experiencing an unprecedented level of growth and development right now.

How can technology improve the lifespans, mobility, and quality of life for people over 65? How can we predict their needs for the next 50 or even 100 years? What changes can we make to ensure that these developments are working and deployed when the time comes?

The Bad News First

Before we can dig into the right solutions, it’s vital we examine the unique problems coming down the pipe for both society and elder care.

According to a study published in Health Affairs, by the year 2030, the elderly population (those defined as 65+) is expected to double in size. The current infrastructure for elder care is hardly ideal, and it definitely isn’t ready for a 100% increase in load.

Secondly, and perhaps most shockingly, younger people today are generally less healthy in certain arenas than previous generations. Disabilities, diabetes, and obesity have all increased dramatically in the youth demographic. This is not only bad news on its own, but it means that the future burden on the elder care system will be proportionately increased.

So it’s not simply a numbers problem, though, yes, there will be more people over 65+ in 2030. It’s also the fact that there’s a good chance those elderly patients will require more aid due to a lifetime of complications from increased risk factors like diabetes and obesity.

The problem becomes two-fold, which is what the solutions must address. These technological solutions for elder care issues must help with understaffing, a larger patient population, insufficient infrastructure, and the complications of life-long health issues.

Remote Doctor Visits and Telehealth Solutions

The elderly are simply not as mobile as other patients. Unfortunately, they also require more medical attention than other patients. It’s in this contradiction that so many medical problems occur.

The elderly are also more likely to fall, and to injure themselves more severely when they do. The CDC estimates that almost 3 million elderly adults are injured in falls, with 27,000 leading to death.

Add in the risk of nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections, and we realize that even going to the hospital for routine work can be a danger for some elderly patients.

Telehealth is already being adopted in many elder care facilities, nursing homes, and rural areas where transportation is even more difficult. A provider with a strong telehealth policy can transform patient care for hundreds of miles. When a doctor can just pick up a medical tabletto perform a video-streamed remote exam on an elderly patient, it saves everyone time and money.

A doctor can combine these video-streamed exams with wearables like smart watches, clothing sensors, and fully-integrated smart homes to get incredibly detailed biometric data on the patient.

What’s a smart home, you ask?

What is a Smart Home, and How Can it Affect Elder Care?

Tied into the idea of telehealth is the idea that the home, be it an independent apartment or an elder care facility, can be seeded with tech that can make the elderly happier, healthier, and less at risk.

The idea of the smart homes, where healthcare is concerned, is the creation of a safe monitoring space for the patient using modern “internet of things” devices. These devices, usually wearables, can help monitor the patient’s blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, location, and a dozen other metrics even from the comfort of their own homes.

This information is then piped to a medical touchscreen computer, where doctors and other clinicians can be alerted to any sudden changes. This means that the elderly can get the same or similar level of monitoring without having to stay in a hospital bed. This not only saves the hospital time and money, but it ensures that an elderly person can convalesce in a comfortable environment that won’t drain their health insurance resources.

Aside from remote health monitoring, a smart home can also be set up to help the elderly on their daily self-care journey. Digital assistants like Alexa, Siri, Bixby, or other more medical-focused apps can be used to give loud, vocal reminders to the patient when it’s time to take a pill, change a bandage, charge an important monitoring device, or even to eat or drink water.

A “smart pillbox” can fill a similar role – it’s an internet connected pillbox that can send a text to a patient’s phone or personal assistant (like an Alexa speaker) to remind the user to take their pill at the correct time. Some even come with bright lights that flash when it’s time to take medication.

These small, useful features can ensure that the elderly spend more time healthy and at home, and less time in the hospital.

Using AI Data to Prevent Falls

We mentioned earlier that the elderly are more prone to falls, and those falls end up being more serious due to a variety of issues.

However, companies like Qventus have begun using artificial intelligence to reduce the chance of falls, both at home and in the hospital. The first trial run of the system, performed in Mountain View, CA, lowered the amount of falls in-hospital by almost 40%. Since their initial trial, similar numbers have popped up whenever the system was implemented.

How it works: their AI program gathers data from the entire country on falls, fall risks, and combines them with machine learning to discover what devices and policies do and don’t work to prevent falls, and how effective they are. This data comes from a variety of sources, including national fall data, patient histories, and hospital EMR. It even cross-references the patient’s medication with all of this information — does a certain medication increase dizziness, or create a sense of vertigo, or weaken muscle control? This data is then factored into the fall equation in the kind of granular way only a machine can pull off.

These AI systems can then send alerts to the nearest medical tablet or cart computer, letting nurses and doctors know, in real time, if a patient is a fall risk. Since the AI is calculating this in real time, 24/7, and is using live data to do so, it can even calculate when a previously non-risk patient might have recently become a risk, due to procedure, medication, or other change.

Then the healthcare facility, working with these insights from Qventus, is able to implement proven strategies that are backed up by flawless data instead of untested institutional knowledge.

Preparing for the Future Today

We’ll all need elder care someday, if we’re lucky. We owe to current and future generations to create a healthcare environment where everyone, no matter their accessibility difficulties, can thrive.

Contact Cybernet today to learn how medical computers can facilitate telehealth services, integrate with smart homes, and in general make healthcare tech advances easier to deploy.

Rural Hospital Challenges

Battling the Unique Challenges Faced by Rural Hospitals

Sadly, not all hospitals are equal, and not all regions come with the same problems and solutions. Rural patients and rural hospitals have always had challenges, but the data says that lately, they’ve been suffering more than ever before.

How can we help rural areas improve the quality, quantity, and accessibility of their healthcare? What can training, medical computer systems, and incentive programs do to aid the health and long life of folks who don’t live in cities or suburbs?

It’s a Numbers Game

Did you know that 45% of the total world population lives in rural areas? In the United States, that number drops to 20%, but that’s still a sizeable chunk of the populace. Around 65 million people, to be more precise. To give that number some perspective, that equals the entire population of the United Kingdom.

However, the number of doctors available in rural areas doesn’t quite add up: less than 10% of the nation’s doctors practice in rural areas. For those doing the math at home, that’s right — rural areas in the US have less than half of the doctors required to match the population.

And, to make matters worse, since 2010, 95 rural hospitals have closed, despite the general increase in population across the entire nation. The number of closures is only speeding up, too — between 2013 and 2017, twice the number of hospitals closed when compared to 2007-2012. That means the situation is rapidly deteriorating.

What’s Causing the Rural Healthcare Crisis?

Unfortunately, there are a few factors at play that are contributing to the deterioration of rural healthcare options. However, it’s best to understand them objectively so we can learn how to combat them.

The Recession

Unsurprisingly, the recession hit rural hospitals hard. And, to compound the issue, recovery since then has been slow or non-existent. Rural jobs in industries like farming, manufacturing, coal, and timber have been disappearing as the United States moves further into a high-tech and service-based economy.

With the younger population moving toward cities, and income in the area decreasing, it’s no wonder hospitals and patients no longer have the resources needed for modern healthcare.

Federal Funding Troubles

56% of rural hospital revenue comes from Medicaid and Medicare, so when Medicaid or Medicare funding becomes the newest political dog bone, rural hospitals tend to suffer.

In fact, 80% of the hospital closures in rural locations corresponded with areas where Medicaid funding wasn’t expanded under the ACA.

Region-Specific Health Issues

Rural regions have always struggled with the mental and physical health issues that tend to become exacerbated in isolated communities.

A report from the CDC shows that suicide deaths had “the highest rates and greatest rate increase in rural counties.” Much of this is due to a lack of mental health care access. Obesity rates for men, women, and children were also around 10% higher in rural areas, which creates a greater strain on rural hospitals as well.

And, according to a study published by the Injury Prevention Research Center in Iowa, “rural populations have been shown to have disproportionately high injury mortality rates,” with 100% higher rates of workplace injuries, drowning, firearm wounds, car crashes, fires, and electrocutions.

The Drug Crisis

While the entire country has been struck by an opioid epidemic, rural areas seem to be losing ground even faster. A recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from the CDC shows that around 2015, rural areas eclipsed urban areas in the rate of drug overdose.

All of these increased risk factors put additional strain on underfunded, understaffed rural hospitals, which can, of course, have devastating effects on the health of the community.

Telemedicine Can Help

Many rural patients suffer from their isolation — distant hospitals create barriers for regular checkups, as do mountainous terrain, difficult weather, and lack of transportation infrastructure. The elderly in particular, the most common hospital patients, are less apt to go without some kind of transportation assistance.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a burgeoning and exciting field that could change the game for rural hospitals.

A doctor with a video-equipped medical tablet or even just the nearest office medical computer can answer pressing patient questions without the patient even stepping out the door of their home. Video-conference software has never been easier to use, and even rural patients tend to have camera-equipped smartphones and decent LTE or wifi mobile connections.

How Does it Work?

Hospitals and healthcare groups around the country have had success with telehealth doctor visits in numerous fields. These include long-distance therapy sessions with mental health professionals, quick questions with nursing hotlines, and even full, face-to-face digital doctor’s appointments between patients and primary physicians.

Such telehealth visits have even been comprehensive enough for the doctor to prescribe medication for many conditions, or to extend medication prescription writs for already-existing health issues in still need of attention.

With a specialist shortage in rural areas, patients are often disconnected from the medical procedures they require. Telehealth can be okayed by a patient’s primary care physician to allow the patient to connect with specialists that might normally be inaccessible to them.

Streamlining Compliance

Regulations and paperwork are strangling most healthcare facilities, but the lower patient density means the price hits rural hospitals harder. It turns out that the average community hospital pays $7.6 million just in regulatory work — the kind of paperwork, employee man-hours, and training that has nothing to do with patient care.

HIPAA Compliance Made Easier

This is why streamlining the paperwork and EHR aspects of hospital life can net huge gains both in money and time for the hospital in the long run.

To stay HIPAA complaint for medical records, security is key. Biometric, two-factor authentication is a huge, important step toward eliminating the fuss and muss of both staff computer training and potential security breaches that could obliterate a hospital’s budget.

Rural hospitals need to embrace technology like medical cart computers with built-in RFID, barcode, smart card, and biometric capabilities. Constantly purchasing, repairing, and replacing dozens of different peripherals that “walk away” can take consistent bites out of the bottom line, which is why a medical all-in-one computer may end up being a safer investment in the long-term.

The faster and more securely clinicians can sign in to access or update EMR, the less time and money gets spent on compliance. It’s that simple.

More Reliable Computers

Rural hospitals don’t always have the cash at hand for the regular computer updates and repairs that come with an extensive medical computer system. That’s why it’s smart for rural hospital IT to look for medical computers with longer lifespans.

A consumer computer may only last two or three years under near-constant hospital use before it enters the neverending break/fix cycle, but a dedicated medical computer could last 6 or 7 years at peak condition with far less downtime during it’s run.

Seek Out Incentive Programs for Hiring More Doctors

With the previously mentioned doctor/patient discrepancy — 20% rural patients versus 10% rural doctors — attracting more clinicians to rural practice must be a priority.

Luckily, there are programs and grants that incentivize clinicians to operate in shortage-areas.

The Conrad State 30 Waiver Program allows a new doctor to skip the 2-year resident requirement and obtain a contract to work at a health care facility in Medically Underserved Areas and Health Professional Shortage Areas. Rural hospitals need to advertise this incentive, letting medical students know they can fast-track their career and help out those in need at the same time.

Rural hospitals can also help combat the drug abuse issue in their communities and find doctors, mental health professionals, and nurses at the same time with the “Patients and Communities Act of 2018.” In Subtitle H, section 7072, it states that clinicians who “complete a period of service in a substance-use disorder treatment job in a mental health professional shortage area” can have some or all of their student loans repaid.

Better Tech and More Doctors

There is no magic bullet to fix the difficult situation for healthcare in rural areas, but a combination of telehealth, better compliance technology, and clinician incentives could go a long way towards mitigating the worst of it.

Contact Cybernet today to learn about the kinds of medical computer systems a rural health care facility could truly benefit from.

Improve Interoperability with the Right Medical Computers

Every organization consists of different departments working in sync together to move forward. This is doubly true with healthcare organizations such as hospitals, which measure success in lives saved and patients healed rather than profit and loss. A given hospital’s medical-grade computers need to work in conjunction with the organization’s entire network, which can include not just other computers but legacy medical devices integral to patient care. Most administrators can tell you what a challenge that is.

Interoperability – the ability of medical PCs to work harmoniously across a network with each other – can streamline the healthcare process, make paperwork easier and ensure that timely data gets into the right hands at the right time. The kind of medical computer your organization uses can make a huge difference on that front, turning what could be a patchwork of different units and operating systems into a smoothly running whole.

Go in Stages

Most healthcare organizations are quite large and require numerous medical computers in order to function. When the time comes to replace them, it usually takes place in stages. Annual budgets don’t normally allow for more than a percentage of a given organization’s systems to be replaced at any one time, and upgrades are usually staggered to minimize the impact of a big change.

This can make interoperability very difficult, with different makes and models of medical PCs utilizing different operating systems, all trying to function as part of the same network. A recent report by Healthcare Informatics states that an average of 15 percent of all hospital computer systems run on outdated operating systems. That can cause huge interoperability problems. Outdated systems may struggle with electronic medical records (EMR), for instance, and require elaborate workarounds in order to function.

With that in mind, it makes sense to look for medical computers with a long life cycle: ideally 3-5 years. That ensures that the computers you purchase a few years ago will still operate the same way the computers you’re preparing to install this year, which enhances their interoperability and allows EMRs and other vital software to function smoothly across your entire network.  That permits your organization to upgrade computers more gradually without having to integrate different hardware and software.

Integrate at the Point of Care

Interoperability functions most effectively when it is integrated at the point of care: where doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals directly treat the patients. The ability to document the patients’ treatment as it is delivered – including vital signs, medication and overall progress of healing – can drastically reduce the frequency of errors and ensure that all of the data is accurate.

Furthermore, information integrated into the system at point-of-care allows for much faster response times, allowing specialists and other medical personnel to evaluate the quality of treatment and plan for further care. In the event of a problem – say, a drop in the patient’s blood pressure – then those plans can be altered or revised to reflect the current data.

For example, Acute Care Testing cites a report on emergency services that saw a 2.5% mortality rate for patients boarded less than two hours slowly climb to a 4.5% mortality rate for patients boarded for 12 hours or longer. Compare that information to a study by the U.S. Department of Health, which found that point-of-care treatment — properly cataloged and integrated into an existing network — provides actionable data an average of 46 minutes sooner than lab tests or other factors. Smooth integration of such data allows care to be received that much sooner and reduces the frequency of mortality rates among patients. It can quite literally save lives.

Medical PCs, particularly mobile PCs like medical cart computers, can further facilitate this by using barcode scanners and radio frequency IDs (RFID) to scan and log patient data instantly from wristband IDs, medication containers and the like. They can gather needed data with just a swipe, then log the information and allow hospital staff to act on it when time is of the essence.

Don’t Forget Legacy Devices

Legacy devices – outdated technology that still sees regular use – can be one of the biggest challenges to interoperability. Such devices may not be compatible with modern software, and yet the data they provide can be invaluable to effective care. The American Hospital Association estimates that most medical organizations can only afford to replace 10% of their legacy devices per year, meaning that methods must be found to integrate functioning devices to the larger network as a matter of simple financial necessity.

Medical computers can address this by providing an access point for the legacy device. Legacy ports such as RS-232 serial ports allow you to connect the computer to the legacy device, which not only improves its functionality but can better integrate the information it delivers into the network’s larger database. Not only does that enhance the functionality of legacy devices, but it can cut down on the time required to log the data they provide: ensuring that the medical organization can maximize their utility for as long as possible.

 

Cybernet Manufacturing offers a variety of medical-grade PCs that can help you address the challenges of interoperability. Call on us today to discuss your options!

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BYOD Problems? Medical Tablets Are the Answer

BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device, a policy adopted by many businesses allowing for employees to use laptops, cell phones and other personal devices for business use. For organizations without security concerns, it makes an attractive and easy way to get around existing hardware issues. BYODs can save money without reducing efficiency, while giving employees the ability to work remotely in many cases.

Those are powerful incentives. According to a recent article at HealthIT Plus, 71 percent of clinicians report at least some BYOD use at their facilities… sometimes despite policies forbidding them. Such use can come about as a simple matter of necessity, such as a doctor using her cell phone to access hospital records while filling out paperwork at home. Other times, BYOD use arises as part of a coordinated policy on behalf of the hospital, hoping for the same benefits that other businesses enjoy.

But BYOD policies run into serious issues when meeting the demands of a medical facility, and if administrators aren’t careful, it could end up creating more problems than it solves.

For organizations looking to remove BYODs from the equation, and thus solve the issues they can present, the right hardware is a must. Certified medical tablet PCs can often fulfill the same needs as BYOD devices, allowing administrative staff to cut a very thorny Gordian knot cleanly and effectively.

What kind of needs do medical tablets fulfill, and who do they solve the problems created by BYOD? Here’s a short list of some specifics.

Security Can Be Better Maintained with Tablets

Security is a significant concern with medical devices. A patient’s health records can be worth a great deal of money on the black market, even more so than credit card numbers in many cases. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, such data breaches have cost the healthcare industry over $6 billion per year. Obviously, proper security is vital to maintain electronic medical records (EMR) and other data. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) establishes rigorous standards for privacy and security, with heavy fines levied against those who can’t meet those conditions.

For example, the FDA estimates that half of the 3.4 billion mobile phone users in the world have downloaded at least one medical-based application. For medical personnel, that percentage is likely much higher.  Medical organizations can ensure that such devices are HIPAA compliant and operating safely by implementing firewalls and unified threat management software to protect the network in the event of trouble. But BYODs rarely begin their service with such levels of protection, which means they need to be added before they can be considered safe. And when you multiply that potential across an entire organization – every cell phone used by every employee – the prospects for a major security headache multiply along with it.

Medical grade tablets owned and controlled by the organization, on the other hand, can use a single security system, as well as include integrated measures like RFID scanners and biometric readers which most BYODs lack. That not only permits the kind of security protections necessary to remain HIPAA complaint, but it allows staff to access them quickly and easily. And because the devices are dedicated solely to medical work, there’s no concern about overlap from a BYOD’s personal files. It provides better security in the event they are lost or stolen, since it can be much harder to access the data.

Medical Tablets Are Better Protected Against Germs and Illnesses

Illnesses are a constant concern in hospitals and medical facilities, and without proper care being taken, nosocomial infections (infections originating in the hospital and being passed through it) and similar threats can arise very quickly. Mobile devices can easily carry germs and viruses, since medical staff handle them regularly and even carry them from patient to patient. It’s a serious problem. According to the CDC, approximately 1.7 million patients are afflicted with hospital acquired illnesses (HAI) in the U.S. every year, and of those, approximately 99,000 are fatal.

BYOD devices are particularly vulnerable to this. Since they’re intended for consumer use, they lack antimicrobial protection. They usually can’t be disinfected either, since applying liquid to them can cause them to short out and become useless. And if they are used outside the medical facility, there’s no telling what kinds of illnesses can come piggy-backing in when a well-meaning staff member brings it to work.

Medical-grade tablets provide more formal protection against germs and illnesses. Antimicrobial properties baked into their housing helps them repel biological contaminants. In addition, tablets that are IP65 certified can be disinfected with liquid cleansers without running a risk of damage to the tablet itself, which further prevents the spread of illness in a hospital setting.

IT Headaches Go Up with BYOD

Cellphones, personal tablets and consumer PCs at home can come from almost anywhere and entail dozens of different models and systems. That can be a serious handful for your IT department, which needs to keep the devices in your organization maintained and operating. Even something as comparatively mundane as an iPhone update can wreak havoc in a medical environment with BYODs. That, in turn, can waste huge amounts of time and resources as the IT staff struggles to keep numerous different devices updated and coordinated.

Dedicated medical tablet PCs and similar portable devices simplify that issue considerably. An “in-house” system eliminates the morass of hardware and software in favor of a single model and OS. When problems arise, they can be dealt with swiftly. If updates are needed, they can be implemented across the entire network without having to make adjustments. That allows your IT personnel to do their jobs more effectively, and allows them to focus on other pressing issues instead of constantly trying to integrate a new phone or updated OS from a BYOD.

 

Cybernet Manufacturing offers an array of medically certified tablets and computers for use in a hospital setting. If you’re looking for a solution to the BYOD dilemma, contact us today.

5 Ways Hospitals Are Using Medical Computer Systems

Just a few years ago, hospitals and similar medical facilities lagged behind other industries when it came to effective use of computers. But government regulations such as HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and Medicare/Medicaid information systems established an enhanced need for proper medical computer systems, while improved technology made such systems more affordable and easier to use.

Today, hospitals all over the country are taking advantage of dedicated systems to improve response time and focus more on patients. As time goes on, a quality medical computer is only going to become more and more vital to effective care. Here’s a look at 5 key areas where modern hospitals are using such systems to maximum advantage.

EHR Software Runs Best on Compliant Medical Computers

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for health information technology (ONC), by 2016, over 98 percent of all hospitals and over 97 percent of critical access and small rural hospitals used some manner of EHR (Electronic Health Records) software, which allows health files to be shared more readily and eliminates the need for cumbersome paper records. But simply implementing such a system isn’t enough.

Hospitals need computers capable of running EHR software smoothly, as well as exhibiting features that allow staff to access the materials they need with a minimum of fuss. That includes components like display size, which allow the software to be run correctly, and single sign-on security measures to protect patient confidentiality.

It’s no small matter. A recent study from JAMA Internal Medicine found that over 44% of surveyed physicians spent excessive time filling out EMR records at home: a serious drain on energy and emotional reserves. The right medical computer allows the software to perform as intended, giving staff ready access to the information they need without causing frustration or compromising EHR security.

Medical Cart Computers Make Rounds more Efficient

Medical carts, also known as workstations on wheels, allow hospital staff to move their computer from patient to patient and location to location as needed. It can be tempting to use powered carts, which provide battery life for computers, barcode scanners and similar equipment. They also allow for automated medication distribution, which lowers the chances of administering the wrong medication. But powered carts can also be expensive, and the additional weight can make them more difficult to maneuver through hospital corridors. They might be right for some situations, but budget-minded administrators often look for more cost-sensible solutions.

Medical cart computers with hot swappable batteries can operate with non-powered carts to create an efficient workstation on wheels. Hot swappable batteries that run low on power can be switched out for fresh batteries without having to shut the machine off, providing 24/7 up-time and allowing staff to use lighter non-powered carts without being tethered to a wall outlet.

Mobile Charting with Medical Grade Tablets

Even with a lighter weight non-powered medical cart, sometimes wheeling a large device from room to room isn’t the best way for a healthcare practitioner to perform their rounds. In some cases, having a dedicated computer in every patient room isn’t a possibility for facilities with tighter budget constraints. Mobility and budget can both be two major hurdles that healthcare IT professionals must contend with.

Medical tablets provide a solution for both problems. A lot of hospitals are turning to these mobile medical devices as an alternative to medical carts. Nurses and physicians can walk into a patient room or exam room with a medical grade tablet and do their charting on the go. A medical tablet with a barcode scanner takes functionality to the next level, allowing the end user to scan patient ID bracelets, IV bags or other medication bottles to ensure that a patient is receiving the right medication.

Improving Patient Safety in Operating Rooms

Any kind of equipment that enters the operating room needs to adhere to strict requirements. For example, the operating theater needs to be free of potential contamination, such as dust which can be spread by a computer’s cooling fan. Furthermore, electromagnetic signals, radiation and similar emissions can present a hazard to the patient, which rules out the wrong type of computer. For example, an anesthesiologist with a computer that isn’t medically certified may need to sit outside the operating room to monitor the patient, or else use paper records (and increase the risk of bookkeeping mistakes accordingly).

A fanless medical computer can address those problems quickly and effectively, utilizing advanced passive cooling technology to ensure the sterility of the space. IP65 certification ensures that the system can be cleaned and disinfected without damaging the components, while UL60601-1 certification allows the system to be used in close proximity to a patient with no danger. That makes for a smoother and more efficient operating room, and an attendant improvement to the quality of care.

Increasing Patient Satisfaction and Engagement

Studies cited by the ONC stress the importance of patient engagement and how useful health IT can be in enhancing their overall satisfaction with the experience. No one wants to spend time in a hospital, and patients can easily be left feeling isolated and helpless just when they need energy and resolve. Cell phone use is often restricted – since noisy ringtones and MP3s can distract staff members from their work, and signals from the phone can disrupt important devices – which limits contact with family and friends.

Similarly, basic questions about the patient’s condition must sometimes wait all day until a doctor or nurse arrives on rounds, increasing anxiety and forcing the patient to wonder about comparatively simple questions. Depending on the circumstances, even basic functions like turning on a television may require a nurse or staff member, all of which can have a drastic effect on the patient’s emotional health and well-being.

A medical computer, however, can provide a wealth of infotainment options, often from the same computer monitors that doctors and nurses use in the patient’s room. Patients can access information about their condition: putting their mind at ease and helping them better understand the treatment process. They can also access entertainment services like Netflix, and enjoy movies and television while they recuperate. Perhaps most importantly, built-in voice and video applications let them contact friends and family: putting them in touch with those best capable of providing emotional support.

The ultimate goal of any piece of medical equipment is to help hospital staff perform their duties faster and more effectively. Cybernet produces a line of high-end medical computers designed with just such efficiency in mind. For more information on how to put such technology to work for you, contact us here.

How to Select the Right Medical Cart for Your Facility

SV31lcd-nurse_webMedical carts are the most frequently used equipment in hospitals and healthcare units. When purchasing medical carts for your facility, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider to ensure that the purchase is suitable for your medical staff, as well as patients.

Ergonomics
Clunky designs lead to awkward postures for both patients and staff members, which can cause uncomfortable, twisted, hyper-extended and flexed body positions. Look for carts that fit well into the workflow of your facility, and are free from ergonomics and design flaws. Functionality, usability, and ergonomics are equally important.

Mobility
One of the biggest challenges for medical clinics, healthcare centers, and hospitals is transporting medical supplies and sensitive equipment from one place to another. A mobile medical cart is a simple solution. From cardiac emergencies to remote anesthesia administration, carts designed with portability in mind provide medical personnel with the required tools and equipment necessary to respond to emergencies effectively.

Provisions for Adding Medical Computers
From routine check-ups to emergency heart procedures, it’s no secret that healthcare facilities are heavily dependent on medical grade computers. This dependence is only going to increase as technology advances. When purchasing the next generation of medical carts for your healthcare facility, ensure that they are designed with the flexibility to have medical computers mounted on them.

Rechargeable Batteries
Medical carts fitted with rechargeable batteries are ideal for use in demanding field operations and rescue situations. If your plan is to deploy your carts in both in-house and on-field medical settings, make sure the model you select comes fitted with rechargeable batteries so your staff members will have an uninterrupted power supply. After all, an hour of backup power might just be the key difference between precious human lives being saved or lost.

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Most medical carts are accessorized with bins and shelves. Double check that the medical cart you purchase supports add-ons like document holders, keyboard light covers, and other items staff members regularly use.

Conformity to Medical Standards
Medical grade devices are expected to conform to certain operational and safety standards. Medical carts are no exception. For the deployment in near-patient and critical care settings, it is important that the medical cart you select conforms to international performance standards.

The Cybernet Advantage
Cybernet is the market leader in medical carts designed for EMR computing on the go. Our medical carts combine compact, light-weight design with unparalleled ergonomics, offering the ultimate in portability and ruggedness. To learn about Cybernet’s diverse range of medical and healthcare carts, visit us as at www.cybernet.us