May-Jun 2015

Pocket Pad takes mobile medical care to the next level

Built exclusively for medical applications and instant data access on-the-go In recent years, with the increasing popularity of commercial tablet computers, hospitals have begun incorporating tablet devices into clinical environments to improve the care and services provided to patients. However, considering operating system compatibility and stability, tablet computers specifically designed for medical platforms and applications deliver superior performance compared to generic consumer products.

The lightweight Pocket Pad: A new standard in mobile clinical care

According to a survey conducted by Kantar Media in 2013, 81% of doctors use smart phones for professional practice, and 51% also use tablet computers. However, many medical practitioners actually use their personal mobile devices or other commercially available products for work-related tasks. These devices are unable to fully support the demands of a clinical environment or satisfy the practical needs of medical personnel. To address this issue, manufacturers have developed various clinical care-specific tablet computers, such as Advantech’s mobile Pocket Pad. This Windows 8.1 tablet with 7” touch screen is expressly designed for patient treatment and care, features a built-in barcode scanner, NFC, and GPS technology, and weighs a mere 400 grams. The IP54-certified (for dust and water resistance) design allows medical personnel to clean the device with rubbing alcohol, thereby limiting the spread of contagions. The Pocket Pad is also drop resistant up to 90 cm to ensure the increased durability necessary for bustling clinical settings.

Digital medical records enable data access at patient bedsides

The Pocket Pad enables doctors to remain on the go by facilitating instant access to patient records and data retrieval from PACS/HIS systems. The Windows 8.1 operating system is fully compatible with medical facility HIS systems, allowing doctors to issue orders and prescriptions directly at the point of care. Applications developed on Microsoft platforms typically require data exchange middleware to function on iOS or Android-supported devices. Thus, if the middleware is poorly designed, data losses or garbled coding can occur during data exchange operations. Additionally, generic tablet devices that lack adequate shock protection may also incur damage if accidentally dropped. One hospital in Australia that recently purchased several iPads for doctor use on ward rounds was surprised by the high device malfunction rate experienced. Internal investigations revealed that each doctor broke approximately 2 or 3 iPads over a period of 3 months. These findings indicate that although commercial tablet computers may seem more economical initially, the overall costs are often higher because hospitals must purchase multiple spares to replace damaged and malfunctioning devices.

Digitalized processes reduce clinical transcription errors

Nursing staff typically assess and record patients’ vital signs several times a day. For busy medical personnel, the risk of transcription errors increases. To address this issue, the Pocket Pad is equipped with a barcode scanner to support identity recognition. Using a barcode scanner, medical personnel can obtain detailed information regarding prescriptions, patient history, and medication instructions, as well as photographically document wound conditions. These digitalized processes reduce the likelihood of transcription errors and enhance work efficiency. The Pocket Pad is equipped with an antibacterial casing that is resistant to chemicals and can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol for easy sanitation and disinfection. Furthermore, the battery supports 6 to 8 hours usage and can be fully recharged in just 2 hours. Thus, medical personnel can be assured that the Pocket Pad will last the duration of a full shift.

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Timesco offers revolutionary lithium ion batteries and rechargers with ‘one-hour’ recharging

Timesco have introduced a new concept in recharging laryngoscopes and diagnostic handles – super-fast one-hour charging! The Timesco Ion R chargers are modular and have been designed as single chargers, which can be added to with as many additional chargers as required. This enables cost saving advantages as multiple additional rechargers can be purchased only as required.

Timesco Ion R batteries are designed to power both 2.5v Xenon and 3.5v LED small AA and medium C handles and are guaranteed for a minimum of 1,000 cycles or 7 years of use; best of all, with the one-hour charging time, overnight charging times are eliminated.

The Ion R batteries have been designed to be directly charged in the Ion R rechargers, this eliminates any contamination and cross infection issues with Laryngoscopes as in the older rechargeable systems.

Timesco existing laryngoscopes and diagnostic ranges: reusable Orion, Optima Xenon and LED and Single Use Skins handles can all be charged with the new Ion R chargers and Ion R batteries. The Timesco R rechargers are CE and ISO approved, multi voltage and are supplied complete with mains adaptors for worldwide use.

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Innovative features added to Carestream’s DRX-Evolution Plus system

Carestream Health’s newest DRX imaging system – the Carestream DRX-Evolution Plus – adds several major software and hardware enhancements to meet the changing radiology needs and budgets of healthcare providers worldwide.

Carestream has steadily expanded the capabilities of the DRX-Evolution platform since it was introduced and the new DRX-Evolution Plus will begin shipping later this year. The system’s modular components, including fully automated systems, have gained wide acceptance among radiology professionals in leading hospitals and clinics.

The new DRX-Evolution Plus offers: • A sleek new design with LED lighting for enhanced functionality and aesthetics • Greater flexibility in high-ceiling rooms via an extended tube column • A new high performance generator designed by Carestream • An optional table to accommodate patients up to 320 kg; and • Forward-looking design specifications to embrace future advanced imaging applications from Carestream as they become available.

“The DRX-Evolution has earned the trust of radiology professionals around the world, largely due to continuous improvements in functionality that help technologists quickly and easily capture complex exams that previously required greater effort,” said Helen Titus, Carestream’s Worldwide Marketing Director for X-ray Solutions and Ultrasound. “We have developed more new software features that can boost productivity and enhance the visualization of anatomy, while simultaneously helping to reduce radiation dose.”

Advanced capabilities of the DRX-Evolution Plus include:

• An innovative wall stand Bucky-angulation feature that expedites cross table and other complex X-ray exams • Tube touch screen that allows a technologist to change techniques and view images from the tube • Pediatric capabilities including automatic technique and image processing for seven pediatric body size categories • Bone suppression software for optimized viewing of soft tissue • Fast, secure log-in process using RFID badges • A transbay option that enables fast tube movement across multiple trauma bays, which helps expedite treatment while minimizing movement of critically ill or injured patients • Automatic acquisition and stitching for long-length and supine imaging exams; and • IHE Dose Reporting to facilitate data sharing with a facility’s dose management system.

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GCX – a worldwide leader in medical instrument and IT mounting solutions

By dedicating itself specifically to the medical industry, GCX has been able to develop a unique understanding of the interaction between medical devices, users, and healthcare environments. The company partners with customers to create products that are utilized in virtually all healthcare settings, to provide secure positioning, mobility, and ergonomic access to medical devices and computer hardware. Overall, it’s their aim to enable caregivers to deliver improved patient care.

In addition to their expertly engineered and customized products for original equipment manufacturers, GCX offer an array of internationally recognized off-the-shelf products, customer service, and support in order to provide customers with service second to none.

Since 1971, quality, reliability, and durability have been cornerstones of every GCX product. Find out what industry experience, commitment to quality, and expert engineering can do for you – contact GCX today.

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 Date of upload: 10th May 2015


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