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Industrial Tablets vs Off-the-Shelf in the Field

Since 2010, Apple has seen tremendous success after the corporation released it’s first iPad tablet, launching a new market and being the trendsetter in a new line of mobile technology products. As recent as 2016, Apple’s global market share has reached 25 percent for tablets, leading Samsung by approximately 10 percent. It’s clear that this market has seen tremendous growth and application in the past 7 years—Apple sold more than 40 million iPads alone in 2016. However, what we’re looking at is largely representative of the consumer market for tablets and not the industrial market. It’s likely the case that an industrial company settled on Apple products for mobile productivity in the past, but there’s an important financial factor that’s hard to see on a day-to-day basis; the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is an estimation of expenses related with buying, deploying, using, and then retiring of a piece of equipment or product. Industrial companies focus a lot on TCO, but consumer grade tablets aren’t best in the long run for industrial companies. Generally the TCO for a tough tablet is lower (better) since they last longer. Here’s an in-depth look at why.

Tough Industrial Tablets Utilize a Hot Swappable Battery

If you’ve ever tried to remove the internal battery for a tablet, it was probably a frustrating and educational experience. Most tablets are sealed, so battery removable and replacement either requires someone who has experience getting into the innards of a tablet, a trustworthy individual with a steady set of hands who can learn quickly, or device shipment to the manufacturer who can replace the battery if the tablet is within warranty. If it’s not within warranty, expect to pay around 100 USD for a battery replacement and a turnaround time of 3-5 days with no promise of restoring all the previous data. If you’d prefer to remove and replace the battery yourself, kits often cost around as much as a manufacturer’s price for a battery replacement anyhow. That’s not a strong outlook for a business, especially if the tablets have no backstock, leaving at least one employee with no way to be productive. Or, you could just swap out the removable battery on the tough tablet instead and resume productivity. Not only does this removable battery functionality affect TCO greatly, it prevents production downtime. Plus, if a battery doesn’t hold a charge, others are available to purchase. The hot swappable battery function justifies the cost alone. It can take productivity from a few hours to a full work shift—or more, depending on how many people on different shifts use one tablet. One tough tablet with three batteries can be used continuously over the course of an entire day instead of three separate tablets in use, each potentially lasting the time span of a shift and then stored away to charge. Again, industrial tablets have a lower TCO.

Tough Tablets Need Tough Glass, and More

Some tablets use Corning’s Gorilla Glass, an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet of glass that is highly resistant to scratches, direct damage, and drops. Gorilla Glass has become a staple in tough tablet and smartphone manufacturing, but it’s not indestructible and a lot of videos have surfaced online demonstrating it can shatter if a tablet is dropped in sensitive areas—usually a corner. Industrial tablets are known to use Gorilla Glass and often have housings to protect the corners, which iPads and other consumer-grade tablets lack. Sure, a CFO can get protective cases for tablets too, but a rugged case can hit the wallet at about 80 USD—another cost consideration when going with consumer tablets. Why buy more when an industrial tablet comes with the protection? The last accidental drop a warehouse needs is one that shatters the glass on a tablet, potentially rendering the device useless. Tough tablets are built to withstand shocks and vibrations.

Tablets Tend to Bend

A quick search online reveals that consumer tablets aren’t the most resilient to warping. Some have actually shipped bent in the past, and others warp so much the glass actually shatters. Couple that in an industrial warehouse with temperature changes—not a favorable result. Even aluminum and stainless steel are known to warp a few microns because of temperature changes in machine shops, so we’ve come to expect sheets of silicon, aluminum, and glass to do the same. Industrial tablets are built to withstand temperature changes, vibrations, shocks, and accidental damage, extending their life beyond what a consumer would expect. Built with industrial-grade components, these tough tablets have a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) timespan of six years. Consider that the original iPad released in 2010—several models of the iPad have been released between then and 2017, suggesting that one industrial tablet will last longer than several iPad generations. Again, lower TCO for the industrial tablet.

Capacitive is Great Technology—but Not For Industrial Tablets

Working in a warehouse often requires gloves—regular gloves, unless you buy capacitive-knit gloves (which are expensive and don’t provide much protection), don’t work on capacitive screens. Capacitive technology uses the electrical charge from our hands to actually register a change in voltage, thus changing the elements on screen. With a gloved hand, the electrical charge doesn’t register. Consumer grade tablets usually use capacitive screens, so a gloved hand won’t work. Industrial tablets use resistive screens so a gloved input can actually register. Sure, employees can take off their gloves and work with a tablet screen, but that’s quite a tedious annoyance.

These reasons clearly outline why tough tablets are the best choice for an industrial setting. Consumer grade tablets warp easier, batteries aren’t easily replaceable, gloved hands can’t interact with their screens, operational life is shorter, and there’s a higher TCO. Consider that the MTBF for an industrial tablet is longer than the lifespan for several generations of iPads and other tablets! You don’t want your employees to suffer productivity downtime over charging batteries or sending a broken tablet off to a manufacturer over one drop—unless you prefer spending more money over time.

 

 

How Companies are Automating the Warehouse with Industrial Tablets

Now that eCommerce has blossomed into the giant industry it is today, online retailers find automation is a more pressing need. Supply Chain Brief reports that Amazon hired over 120,000 workers one holiday season just to fulfill the influx of online orders—not a light expense! Automating the warehouse is no easy feat, since some operations in the supply chain management field are currently better handled by humans than robots. A fully-automated warehouse would be a supply chain dream, but we haven’t reached that point yet unfortunately. However, companies have made improvements in other areas which have streamlined processes. Automating the warehouse is an easier task with use of an industrial grade tablet, and here’s a few reasons why.

On-Demand Warehouse Feedback with Industrial Tablets

One obvious problem with automation is “the machine” can—and will—fail from time to time. Even Tesla’s self-driving automobiles have a track record of failing when on self-driving mode, a record recently improved through functionality implementation. The same can happen in an automated warehouse—the incorrect product is picked by a machine, a scanner can malfunction, or a conveyor belt can break down, essentially bringing production to a halt. The best way to avoid cascading problems is to have the right individuals notified of a problem immediately. If a conveyor belt breaks, managers with industrial tablets can receive instant feedback of what has malfunctioned and where—or perhaps even control automation systems remotely. Keeping information transfer as quickly as possible allows people to make the right decisions in an event of automation failure. If warehouse managers don’t have that immediate access to information via an industrial tablet, automation failure can be costly—it’s clear a battery-powered, tough tablet is the solution to keep automation problems addressed.

Traceability by RFID Technology

Since the consumer purchase process has turned highly automated in the past 15 years, the needs for the supplying warehouse must meet those demands. Traceability is necessary in an automated warehouse, and so all products need to be marked with RFID tags to track where they move. Without immediate and constant access to tracking any one item in an automated warehouse, companies are at the whim of human mistakes, automation errors, mechanical failures, and other factors. That’s why it’s important for warehouse managers to have battery-powered industrial tablets—lightweight, rugged computers that provide necessary tracking information through RFID. That’s just one method how companies are automating the warehouse to keep efficiency high.

Industrial Tablets Must be Made Industrial-Strength

Warehouse managers won’t be looking for the best rugged tablet crafted out of Fabergé eggs. Similarly, they won’t want a tablet rivaling the size and heft of a tank. Tablets must be lightweight to reduce fatigue and rugged enough to withstand several drops onto a warehouse floor. Managers also need a tough tablet with protection from hazardous materials—water and tablets don’t mix. Tablet users need to be free of tethers and safety hazards, so a battery-powered solution is a must. Plus, barcode scanners are crucial to warehouse operations in order to identify and count product.

The Cybernet Industrial Tablets Solution—the Rugged Windows Tablet X10

Cybernet has our best rugged tablet to assist with automating the warehouse—the X10 industrial grade tablet! It’s capable of withstanding constant shock damage, sand and dust exposure, temperature extremes, prolonged exposure to humidity, and random vibration with it’s MIL-STD-810G design standard, a standard maintained by a partnership between the US Navy, US Army, and the US Air Force. The tablet can also resist water splashes and sprays to it’s front bezel with it’s IP65 rating. This tough tablet is portable around an automated warehouse with hot-swappable batteries that can keep it running all day. Plus, the tablet weighs 2.2 pounds with the batteries installed! Automating the warehouse may not be a fully-realized vision, but industrial tablets like the rugged X10 are helping supply chain professionals ensure current systems in place are running smoothly and mishaps can be addressed with minimal downtime.

Redefining Hospitals for Efficient and Effective Patient Care

Information extracted from a report submitted by Ricoh, intimated that approximately 74 percent of hospitals wielding the power of tablets, particularly medical tablets, to accumulate information, experience higher levels of efficiency, against those who don’t. Against the traditional form of collecting and storing information, patients are more susceptible or relaxed when healthcare providers prance about with their tablets or other mobile devices. Using tablets in a hospital is advantageous for all parties involved, but what about patients? How do they benefit through the use of tablets?

1.Diagnosis/ Medication Education

Quite too often, patients find it a challenge to decipher the elaborate and flowery medical terms conveyed by medical professionals. A tablet, in some cases, has proven to be a mini medical teacher.

What does that mean?

Promoting bedside-friendliness, some doctors were able to roll out their tablets to educate their patients on diagnosis and medications. This was corroborated when an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Henry Feldman, handy with his tablet device, provided a snappy tutorial to a patient on her hip joint.

Additionally, tablets were seen as ideal exhibition tools, as patients were able to peer at test results and images, including X-ray and Ultrasound results! This act got patients involved with what was happening to their bodies and could better clarify to others the gravity of their situation.

Furthermore, tablets are better able to provide education on a patient’s anatomy, which is otherwise difficult to digest. An image does a world of good and is readily assimilated into the patient’s mind. Using these devices to teach patients about their bodies is awe-inspiring. Against merely uttering a patient’s dilemma, showing them on tablets made a world of difference. They actually understood candidly what was portrayed on that small but powerful screen. The tablet is quite the educational, illustrative and instructional tool indeed!

2.Access to Medical History in Emergency Situations

A hospital is no place for loitering. Everyone is on the go, busy and taken up with health affairs. A tablet complements the hectic nature fostered at hospitals. They provide information while mobile and are seamless to carry around. Diametrically opposed to computers and laptops in extremely boisterous hospitals, tablets are a doctor’s best friend and tool to carry around. Conventionally equipped hospitals are rarely able to attest that tablets are ideal, as they’re more accustomed to desktops on rolling carts. This is certainly not the most efficient method, particularly in buzzing hospitals. A doctor needs to have their patient’s medical history on-hand in cases of emergencies. A desktop on a rolling cart just won’t do, especially in these critical situations. Waiting for an available desktop has proven prodigal and even lethal to the patient involved.

A tablet is the ideal solution to replace this predicament. Doctors are able to pull up a patient’s medical history on fly, wherever they’re situated in a hospital. Introducing the handheld is a dandy solution to replace the robust and cumbersome nature of desktops on rolling carts.

To add to the merits patients derive when tablets are used in their care, more time is spent rendering medical treatment, as Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) are accessed while doctors roam the halls. Once a doctor enters the room, treatment can be meted out, against spending time scanning through a patient’s medical history. That is absolutely more attention rendered to patients.

Tablets can also be used on rounds. Once new data is entered in the system, it fully synchronizes with the hospital’s EMR. Without a qualm, using tablets for pulling up medical histories have proven effective and saves precious time.

3.Less Risk of Overcharges

Implementing Electronic Health Records (EHR) cost hospitals a pretty penny – it is very expensive. However, if $300 or less is spent on a tablet and issued around the hospital to healthcare professionals, the cost is lessened substantially. In fact, there are companies pining to offer discounts to fully furnish hospitals with tablets.

4.Vast Availability of Apps

Thousands of medical apps are at the disposal of doctors and medical professionals. To be precise, over 97,000 medical apps are available at present, and can be accessed on major tablets such as Kindles, iPads and others. Thorough research can be conducted using these apps and readily available tools to improve existing processes and tasks.

Tablet usage is redefining how hospitals operate, and changing the way patients view healthcare.  As time marches on, experts predict that they will one day become as common as thermometers and the classic stethoscope.

How Hackers Can Infiltrate Networked Medical Devices

Until fairly recently the medical community was not aware of the fact that there are hackers out there who have the ability to infiltrate a hospital’s medical devices and exploit the data contained in them for profit or for other purposes. Even though these devices tend to be protected using a firewall, they are still highly vulnerable to potential hacker attacks.

What’s more, the number of devices used in hospitals has been growing for decades. Roughly 20 years ago, there was just one medical device for a single patient, on average. Today, there are approximately 10 to 15 devices per bed. In total, in the United States alone, the estimates total number of such devices is between 10 and 15 million. When a hacker is capable of infiltrating one such a device or hospital, that person has the ability to do the same with other hospitals, too, as they often use the same type of equipment.

So the first thing to ask is: what kind of data could be stolen?

The computers at hospitals often store personal information about the patients, including their Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, relationships within the family, and emergency contact information.  This data can easily be used for blackmailing. On top of that, many hackers do not hesitate to assume the identity of the person whose data has been stolen, thereby engaging in insurance fraud and other types of fraudulent behavior. It’s also not uncommon for hospital PCs to also contain credit card information of the patients. This information has value to the hacker, as it can be used to make purchases online and in certain cases, is re-sold.

Devices That May Be Targeted

The list of devices certainly does not end with computers, however. There are also ventilators, CT and MRI scanners, infusion pumps and other types of medical equipment that can be accessed externally and controlled from a far distance.  This is because most, if not all of these devices, are connected to the Internet. They also tend to be inter-connected so once one of them is infiltrated, the others are usually affected as well.

Consider an infusion pump as an example. These can be found in virtually every hospital room, attached to a stand right next to the patient’s bed. What’s scary is that these pumps are usually controllable from a distant location. A capable hacker could find a way to push these buttons without a remote control and pour an overdose of a drug into the patient’s body, which could prove to be fatal. Even a slightly higher dose can be lethal in some cases.

Hackers use various tactics to get into the system. They can take advantage of email phishing and send deceptive emails to the staff of the hospital, making them believe the email is coming from an acquaintance, a colleague, or a friend. These emails often contain malware, which once installed, gives a hacker to the device. In many cases, once one device is infected with malware, a hacker can then infect other devices as well, thus gaining full control of the networked medical device system.

How to Protect Yourself

Fortunately, since there have been many attacks on hospitals in the past, hospitals can now learn from how these events took place in order to be able to anticipate such an attack and take measures to prevent it from happening. It is advisable to use up-to-date antivirus software on the computers used within the hospital and perform regular scans to decrease the likeliness of having some sort of malware on the computers. Often times, the malware is kept hidden from you and, just like viruses that attack living cells, may remain dormant for many months until a hacker realizes your computer is infected and exploits it.

If a member of the hospital staff finds out one of the devices is under a cyberattack, one thing to consider is to disconnect all of the devices from the internet. As the saying goes, anything that is connected to the internet can be hacked in one way or another. Until recently, medical devices, such as infusion pumps, were not online and so hospitals still need to get accustomed to the idea that their equipment could be attacked. Many of them simply do not consider this to be an option due to a lack of imagination. They do not see why a hacker would be motivated to choose a hospital as the target. However, there is a motivation behind such actions, as the hacker is trying to get the patients’ bank account information and other pieces of highly confidential data. Therefore, it is a bad idea to under-estimate this menace.

One thing a hospital can do to be prepared is to use medical devices created with security as the primary goal. A tablet with an added layer of ID verification can be the way to go. Such a tablet may include a fingerprint reader, so that only authorized personnel may access the data on the tablet. Furthermore, it can feature a smart card reader to allow only people with the card to access the device.

Conclusion

Cybersecurity in hospitals is a growing concern not only in health care but in defense and other areas, too. As an example, a metallurgical furnace located in Germany was cyberattacked and the iron contained in the furnace was cooled and solidified in the process. The incentive for hackers is mostly financial, but sometimes they pick an institution just because they want to do harm, just like in the case of the furnace. The most effective ways to tackle this problem and prevent security breaches within your organization are to:

  • Use modern, secured devices
  • Continuously stress the importance of security to your employees

5 Ways Tablets Can Revolutionize the Way You Do Business

Time is of the essence is in the world of business. Regardless of the size of your company, it’s important to have the skills, staff, resources and technology at your disposal that will allow you to conduct business more quickly and efficiently. Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have in small business circles.  With almost the same characteristics and technological capabilities as traditional laptops possess, business tablets are especially helpful due to their increased mobility and user-friendliness.

Here are 5 ways you can use a tablet to make both yours and your workers’ professional life simpler and easier.

Create and Edit Documents

Running a business involves a lot of paperwork and having a tool that allows you to create documents at an increased pace and edit them right on the spot without having to go back to the office can come in extremely handy. Often times, when communicating with a potential customer, you agree to terms that weren’t what you originally had planned for. In such situations, you can use a tablet to edit the contract document on-the-fly.  Afterwards, you can easily share it with the other party simply by sending it to their email address.

In today’s world, access to the internet via Wi-Fi for free is much more common than it used to be, therefore, even if you are in a café or a restaurant with your client, you can take advantage of this possibility to not only send files to that person while you’re sitting with them, but to promptly respond to incoming email, which is expected as a representative of a reputable company.

Issue Invoices and Estimates

Even a small business can receive a substantial number of orders every day. For this reason, it’s best to handle the orders efficiently as they come in. If you or your employees happen to travel a lot, not being able to check your email or Skype account regularly can have negative consequences, as some customers don’t like to wait and if they do have to wait, they might become disinterested in your offering. With the help of a business tablet, you will no longer need to carry a heavy laptop with you for every journey you embark on.  Instead, you’ll be able to use a lighter device that will allow you to handle incoming orders as they hit your inbox.  What’s more, depending on how things are set up, you could very well be able to take care of invoicing, too.

Simplify Accounting

Accounting is a necessary evil in the business world. Most small businesses hire professional accountants to handle this rather tedious and time-consuming task. There are, however, apps you can download to your tablet, which simplify accounting significantly, In most cases, you simply input values and the program will provide the financial statements you are obligated to prepare.

Deliver Powerful Presentations

Attending a meeting where you need to present yourself and your company in a good light?  Use a tablet for the presentation. If you own MS Ofice, you can use Powerpoint to create your presentations. The possibilities certainly do not end there though. There are a variety of industry-specific apps and programs that can help you present your carefully crafted materials to colleagues, business associates or prospects in a professional – and most important – meaningful manner.  Also, if your audience requests images, documents or materials complementary to the presentation, you no longer need to rush back to the office in order to meet their requirements. You can handle this task right then and there using your tablet.

Record Speeches and Conversations

In many cases, there is a necessity to take note of the speeches and/or conversations pronounced during a business meeting or conference. A tablet can perfectly serve this purpose. Not only can you record your and other people’s voices but there are also other ways you can put the awesome technological capabilities of modern tablets into practice. For example, when having a conversation with foreigners, there are applications you can use, which will automatically transcribe and translate what you are saying into their own language. Not every word is, of course, transcribed correctly but usually it does not pose a significant communication barrier. Alternatively, you can simply use the transcription app of the tablet to come up with a text version of what was said during the meeting.

Conclusion

Even though they are still often under-estimated, tablets are powerful pieces of technology that a majority of small businesses can use to simplify operations.  Not only are tablets a good friend when communicating with prospects, business associates and customers, but they can make other aspects of running a business easier, too.

6 Ways Tablet PCs Can Help Your Salesforce

Tablet computers have made their way into just about every facet of business. From stock rooms to boardrooms, these powerful mobile computers are spotted everywhere, filling in the gaps where smartphones are too small and laptops are too cumbersome.

In the area of sales in particular, tablet PCs have changed the way business is being done. With their smaller size, lighter weight and free mobility they are giving sales representatives more information and more tools that allow them to increase their efficiency and effectiveness.

Where tablet PCs were once seen almost as toys or novelties, they have evolved into real and powerful standalone computers that, in some cases, offer better features and reliability than many popular laptop or desktop systems.

The following are just a few ways that equipping your sales team with a tablet PC can increase their productivity and ultimately close more sales.

Digital Catalogs

The need to carry a briefcase filled with bulky papers or heavy books has vanished. The modern sales rep can carry his entire catalog on a tablet PC.

Going beyond just listing items that are available, the tablet PC makes it possible to show pictures and videos that bring products to life, include customer reviews and present other information that just wouldn’t be practical to print in a traditional catalog.

Today’s tablets with high definition screens and powerful processors can display your products in a way that a printed paper catalog could never match.

Best of all, the tablet PC as a catalog is always up to date with the latest products, never wears out from use and doesn’t need to be reprinted or replaced. Not only will tablets make your catalog more attractive and interactive, they can cut the costs of printing and distributing catalogs completely.

Real Time Stock Levels

Your sales team will never have to tell a customer to wait while they make a phone call to check on the availability of products. They can get real time inventory data and tell the customer not only if a product is available, but also when it can be delivered. They’ll never have to say, “Let me get back to you on that” again.

Availability and delivery times can even be integrated into the presentation and pitch process with live, up to the minute data.

Real Time Order Placement

Orders can be placed immediately with little to no paperwork. With just a few taps on the screen, a sales representative can jump from a catalog display to order placement and even allow the customer to fill in his own details and close the deal himself.

The process of closing the sale instantly becomes more interactive and personal, leading to a greater feeling of customer satisfaction and security.

With ultra-fast processors and multi gigabyte memory capabilities available now, switching between apps and screens is seamless. Sales reps can move from one screen to another to process and close a deal faster than it can be done with pen and paper.

Face-to-Face Communications

A salesperson working on the road can stay in constant communication with colleagues back at the office. There’s no need to travel back to the office to make a meeting, and colleagues can be brought into meetings with clients when needed as well. Sales personnel are able to dedicate more time to clients and growing the business instead of making time to run back to an office to gather updates and new data.

With the available memory and storage on these devices constantly growing, meetings and announcements can also be recorded for later review or playback. Salespeople can even record their meetings with clients to avoid the need to stop and take notes in the middle of conversations when momentum is important.

Quick Access to the Web

In addition to internal documents and data, a tablet PC provides a smooth transition to the web to show off other relevant data that will help close a sale. Clients can be shown how other people or businesses are making use of products and services. Independent data that backs up the salesperson’s claims will also help to instill a feeling of integrity and trust.

Professionalism

Overall, the use of tablet PCs gives clients a sense of preparedness and professionalism when they meet with a member of your sales team. Your sales reps can simply pull out one device and have everything they need in a beautifully presentable form. There is no fumbling with papers or searching through a briefcase to find missing pages. The need to stop in the middle of a conversation and make a phone call is gone. There is less wasted time and more attention paid directly to the client. Customer service is actually improved with less effort and sales numbers naturally rise.

How Rugged Tablets Are Used In Healthcare

The introduction of rugged tablets into the marketplace has helped to improve the services provided by a variety of industries, but these devices have added significant value to the healthcare field. Tablets have eliminated the need for hand entered data, which can be life saving for some patients. Tablets have been incorporated into hospitals as well as other types of medical facilities, because they save time, money and energy. Some of the of the uses of tablets in healthcare include:

Mobile Imaging

The use of rugged tablets in doctors offices, hospitals and other medical facilities allow medical staff to access copies of medical images, such as ultrasounds and x-rays. This type of technology provides quicker access to images for comparisons, so two or more images can viewed side by side, allowing for appropriate treatment. There are also additional tools available for use with medical tablets that allow medical professionals to connect the tablet to an ultrasound probe, allowing for quicker ultrasound imagining.

Medical Documentation

One of the biggest advantages of using tablets in the healthcare field is the improved accuracy of patient data. Using a tablet helps an entire healthcare system remain organized and consistent in different facilities. This is extremely beneficial to patients who receive treatment through different healthcare facilities, because all of their medical information can be quickly accessed, allowing for quicker treatment to the patient.

Practice Management

Tablets provide medical organizations easier access to in-house scheduling and planning. Staff can be scheduled, surgeries can be planned and meetings can be arranged, all without having to stop what you are doing in order to access the staff computer system. This type of management system makes it extremely convenient for medical professionals who need to schedule patient visits and/or procedures with other facilities. Medical billing is also streamlined, timely and accurate with the use of a tablet.

Patient Education

Educating patients on their injuries or illness as well as the type of medications and/or treatments they need, is critical for their recovery. Tablets make educating patients easy, because the medical staff can use resources, such as online videos, diagrams and animations, to provide their patients with detailed information about their illness. Patient education helps them understand what is happening to them and with instant access to education, the patient will have a better opportunity to ask questions and/or voice their concerns as information is being shared with them.

Medication Orders

The use of a tablet provides medical professional with an instant view of current medications their patients are taking as well as allergies. This can be detrimental in providing medical treatments in an emergency situation, especially when medications you are going to give may interact with the patients current medications. If a patient is severely injured in an automobile accident and unable to speak, medical professionals can quickly search the patients medical history for medication allergies before providing treatment. Tablets also help to significantly reduce errors that are often found in hand-written orders.

Tablets and similar technology will continue to progress and change the way the healthcare industry operates, providing better experiences for everyone at every phase of the treatment process.

5 Benefits of Using a Tablet with an Integrated Barcode Scanner for Inventory Management

Let’s be honest, inventory control and management is not a glamorous part of the business, but it is the most important factor when it comes to maximizing your company’s profitability. When sales drop and the budget gets tight, businesses begin to desperately seek out ways to cut costs and the options are not always attractive. Cutting employees is usually the first line of fire, but actually there is a less painful, more beneficial way to maintain control of the budget…with inventory.

Considering how much money your business can tied up in inventory, if there isn’t accurate inventory management, it can have a significant impact on the budget. Fortunately, Cybernet has a developed a tablet with an integrated barcode scanner that is the solution for maintaining an accurate inventory management system.

Here are 5 ways your business can benefit from using a tablet with a barcode scanner for inventory management:

Save Time

It only takes a few minutes to scan each barcode, so time spent doing inventory checks are minimized. Using a barcode scanner for your inventory will make the inventory process more efficient by eliminating the need to physically hand enter every item in your inventory.

Decrease Labor Costs

Training employees to manually input inventory data can take weeks, even months, but with a barcode scanner, it usually only takes a few minutes for employees to learn how to use it. This allows your employees to focus their energy on more critical tasks, so it improves productivity, saving your company time and money.

Reduce Errors

Using a barcode scanner significantly reduces the rate of human error. When employees are manually entering data, the possibility of errors is to be expected. When a barcode scanner is used for inventory management, it is not uncommon to notice a significant increase in the accuracy of your inventory.

Better Control Your Inventory

Once a barcode is scanned and added to a specific database, you will have valuable insight into the correct status of your inventory, including quantity, shipping and receiving. This will help you reduce inventory carrying cost by knowing which stock is not moving, and eliminating unused stock will free up space for more desirable stock.

Improve Customer Service

A barcode scanner allows you to know exactly what stock you have available, so you can immediately provide your customers with the items they want as well as let them know ahead of time that an item is out-of-stock. Your employees will no longer have to rely on memory to know where an item is located, what the cost is or how many of the items you have in stock.

Inventory management is good practice for any business. If you do not have a watchful eye on your inventory, you are setting yourself and your business up for potential inventory errors and challenges. The appropriate inventory management can really make or break your business. The use of barcode scanners for inventory management can help to drastically improve the efficiency and productivity of your business.

How to Develop a Workflow for New Medical Technology

When your healthcare setting is used to working in its old ways, it can be a daunting experience trying to plan out a new addition to the workflow. New technological advances and improvements have brought out new medical equipment that can help save you space, time and money; and, most importantly, improve care practices.

Adding a new medical computer or tablet to your system doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re considering implementing a piece of medical technology, there are ways you can put together a workflow to accommodate it.

The key to whether it is successful, or not, is pre-planning and mapping out the specific role the new device will have in terms of day to day activities. Since the device will be attached to a cart, the flexibility it offers is vast, providing more opportunities to ensure accurate and efficient patient care.

Learn How to Use It

The most important step is to learn how to use the new tablet or computer on the medical cart. You should plan a staff meeting or workshop prior to implementing it. Have all personnel that will be using it attend this meeting. Discuss the way the equipment will impact the day-to-day activities and provide educational instructions on proper usage.

Windows Tablet – These are small and portable. They may have additional functions like scanning barcodes on wristbands or prescriptions. It may come with a stylus pen that could take getting used to. You may even want to use a front or rear-facing camera. Tablets are used on the go and may require practice for those that have never used them before. When mounted to a cart they offer ultimate flexibility and versatility for a medical practice.

All-in-One PC + Medical Cart – These are used as medication carts, part of a nurse’s station or for administration to get information, like health insurance, from the patient. These carts allow the computer and keyboard to attach and move around with ease. If your healthcare setting has never used a medical cart before, this would be one to bring up and introduce as a new addition.

Once staff members are comfortable with the new addition, it is crucial to explain the role it will play in day-to-day activities.

The Role of the Device

The most important question to ask is how the new computer will be used. Implement a strategy of how the new device will impact each activity by each staff member. For example:

  • Check-in: Use device for registering patient, verifying information, alerting nurse/doctor of arrival.
  • Triage: Update specific issue or reason for the visit. Alert doctor to the patient’s presence.
  • Consultation: Doctor can use device for ordering tests or labs, prescribing medication, taking notes of the evaluation of the patient.
  • Follow-Up: Select options for front desk staff to know if new appointment is needed, what patient needs to pay and any other pertinent information.

The modern devices provide the custom setup necessary for all types of medical devices. This allows medical practices to have the devices pre-loaded and ready to go for their specific practice.

Ease It into the Workflow

After educating staff on the new piece of medical equipment it is essential to introduce its purpose and benefit to every department or staffer. It is crucial to make sure each person knows the role of the tablet or computer in their specific position. This will make the transition of not using the machine, to using it, worry and trouble free.

Administration – A medical computer in administrative and financial settings provides accounting systems like patient billing, payroll and materials management. These are typically located on desks in the office. Administration will need to back up data and ensure that no important information is lost during the transition.

Healthcare Professionals – A medical computer, cart or tablet may be introduced to a healthcare professional. Nurses who have never used a tablet before may need to learn how to use one for the first time. Nurses are very busy and you will want to make sure there’s a good plan set up before tweaking their routines. Same goes with physicians. If they are used to writing with pen on paper, a tablet with a stylus pen could be quite a change. They may be older and uneducated in computer technology. Even those who grew up when computers were coming out may have trouble learning how these new systems work.

Summary

Learning how to implement the new computer or tablet for a medical practice can take time, but when a plan is in place, it will minimize the confusion or issues that result. There are far too many medical practices attempting to introduce new technology, such as the tablet or computer cart without letting staffers know its purpose and how it will impact efficiency, patient care and productivity. Making a specific plan for workflow integration will make the entire process seamless and provide a significant ROI for the new technology.

 

Tablets vs PCs: A Guide For The Utterly Confused

There was a time when shopping for a computer meant choosing between the different models of PC’s available in the market. A PC or a personal computer is precisely just that—a computer designed for the personal use of an individual. Personal computers originally referred to full desktop computer systems, which include a monitor, keyboard and the computer case (also known as CPU or computer tower). As people become more mobile, personal computers began to be designed in such a way that it can keep up with the consumers. Hence, the laptop was born. A laptop is a type of personal computer that offers mobility or portability. Over the recent years, another device has joined the already-extensive range of computing options available, and this device is none other than the tablet. If you are looking to buy a computer for your business or industry but you are confused between tablets and PC’s, then read on for a comprehensive guide.

PC: Pros and Cons

Personal computers like desktop PCs and laptops remain to be a popular choice for consumers looking for a computing device. If your industry or business requires you to create, edit, read documents and perform other word processing tasks, then a PC can certainly do the job. Since a PC comes with a keyboard, typing documents is also not a problem. Industries like government and education that deal with a lot of paperwork can certain benefit from a PC, since you can basically convert your documents into virtual files. Not only will you be able to protect the documents better but it also enhances efficiency and saves a lot of space.

Another benefit of the PC is that they generally have more powerful processors than tablets. So if you need a computer for heavy-duty tasks that require higher speed and performance, then a PC is the better option. The powerful processor also allows you to run and install a full operating system of your choice, with all its features. A large storage is another advantage of the PC. Most personal computers come with built-in storage features that range from 250 gigabytes to one terabyte which is more than enough for most consumers.

Despite the numerous benefits that a PC has, it can also have its own downsides. For one thing, it doesn’t offer the same portability that a tablet does. Desktop PCs are specifically designed to be operated from one location, which eventually led to the advent of the laptop. Although laptops provide mobility and convenience, they are still less portable than tablets. Some tablets boast such lightweight construction that they can fit into small purses and pockets—something that even the smallest laptop will not be able to do.

Tablets: Pros and Cons

Tablets have certainly become increasingly popular over the recent years and have even become workable options for industries, such as health care, education and business among others. The most obvious benefit of tablets is their portability. Tablets certainly offer more flexibility than both desktops and laptops. Thanks to their small size, slim built and overall lightweight construction, you can easily place a tablet in your bag or even slip it into your pocket.

Aside from their compact built, tablets are also much less expensive than PCs. Most models are priced less than $500 and even the most expensive ones will not set you back more than a thousand bucks. Because they are specifically designed to be taken anywhere, tablets also have a longer battery life than PCs, although this will still vary from one tablet model to another.

The disadvantage of a tablet basically boils down to its power and performance. Since they are smaller and more compact than PCs, they will also sport less powerful processors and a smaller built-in storage (which you can extend in some models with a memory card). The limited memory also means that tablet users will have to use limited versions of operating systems, which means many of the OS features available for PCs will not be available for tablets. However, this will not be a problem if you will be mainly using the tablet for simple tasks, like browsing the web or watching videos. Creating any type of documents on a tablet will also be a challenge. Since the keyboard is on-screen and quite small, it can take some time to get used to. If you’re not comfortable typing on-screen, you can easily opt for an external keyboard which you connect to your tablet.

Interestingly, tablets are beginning to be widely used in specific industries, such as health care. Hospitals, clinics, laboratories and other health facilities have always had specific computing needs and it seems tablets are the ideal answer. Medical tablets are portable to be carried around by medical staff or mounted on walls and medical carts. The tablets can be used to access medical records, analyze laboratory results and perform other medical tasks with a simple movement of a finger. In the field of medical tablets, Cybernet is the leading manufacturer.

Cybernet is a designer and manufacturer of all-in-one PCs, medical computers and Windows tablets. Cybernet caters to a wide range of industries, including business, health care, industrial computing, finance, government and education. With the company’s extensive lineup of PCs and tablets, businesses are sure to find the ideal model for their needs.