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The Importance of Security and Medical Grade Hardware

On May 14th, Simon Pope, a director at the Microsoft Security Response Center, wrote a blog post urging users of older Windows operating systems to install security patches on their computers and take steps to secure themselves from a known vulnerability that could be exploited and result in worm infections and/or cyber attacks. The remote code execution vulnerability was discovered in the Remote Desktop Services on versions older than Windows 8. This warning arises from the lessons of the 2017 “WannaCry” ransomware attack. Those attacks were highly destructive even though a Windows security patch for it had been available for months. WannaCry affected thousands of computers worldwide, bringing down hospital networks and causing the cancellation of over 19,000 medical appointments.

It seems incredible that a hospital’s IT staff would overlook such crucial updates, but it’s an unfortunate reality for many medical companies. Another problem is that many facilities don’t upgrade their hardware often enough to be able to run newer versions of Windows, and much of their computer inventory is not of a medical grade. Cost and budget constraints tend to be the reason for lack of security or hardware updates, but as seen with the WannaCry attack, the results can be more catastrophic to a hospital and its ability to service patients.

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Tangent offers thirteen different types of medical grade computers that can be customized to suit the needs of any medical facility. A multi-year analysis of cost and return on investment will reveal that having up-to-date technology and safety measures will end up saving more for the hospital. With Tangent’s medical grade fanless touchscreen computers, one can be confident that infection and contaminants will not be spread amongst patients from the hospital’s computer equipment. The enclosures are protected from water ingress so that they may be disinfected thoroughly. Many are equipped with hot-swappable batteries or UPS internal batteries for continuous use of the system even during power outages. The medical computers are also equipped with the latest version of Windows to help keep the operating systems and data as safe as possible. The list of available options is truly impressive and allows hospitals to find the right fit for their requirements and budget, while also ensuring that they are doing everything they can to prevent cyber attacks and downtime.

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Every Minute Counts with Cardiac Arrest

When cardiac incidents occur in a hospital, every minute that passes can be a factor in whether the patient survives or not. According to Heart.org, in 2016, only about 25 percent of U.S. patients survived when their hearts stopped in a hospital. With how busy medical staff are and the amount of alerts going off all the time, it often happens that a crucial one goes unnoticed for some time. For many hospital systems, the answer to this is to employ Central Monitoring Units (CMU). A CMU consists of nurses and clinicians at a remote site that watch patient vital signs on a computer and call hospital staff if they notice potential emergency situations like the onset of ventricular tachycardia. The end goal is give front-line hospital staff notice of serious cardiac events an hour or more before they happen. This is a challenging objective since the process is heavily reliant on medical technicians to identify key signals from massive data streams on hundreds of patients. However, even the short amount of notice they are able to give has been life saving in many cases already.

Fast data analysis and response from a remote clinician is possible only with fast medical computers to aid their efforts. A medical grade computer like Tangent’s E24B offers the performance, safety, and uptime required for a crucial job of this nature. Its 24” monitor with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 allows for many monitors and applications to be displayed clearly to the medical technician, and the projected capacitive touchscreen makes working between application screens quick and efficient. The medical computer has an impressive 32GB of available memory, solid state drives, and is powered by the latest in Intel Core technology. One can be assured that many applications will  run at once without freezing or crashing. Continuous operation is paramount for staff monitoring patient cardiac activity, and so the E24B computer is designed with 3x hot-swappable batteries in case of power outages or if the station needs to be moved.

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Advances in artificial intelligence will be the next step in improving monitoring and identifying patients in danger, but the human component will likely always be necessary in that process. A trained technician is important for providing the expertise and experience to make a judgement call. AI may certainly attain a human level of aptitude for patient monitoring, but for now medical computers best shine as a reliable support and data gathering tool. With enough ingenuity and creative use of technology, hospitals will be able to push that 25% cardiac arrest survival rate up much higher.  

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EHR and Patient Care Ready

Epic Systems is world-renowned for their electronic health records software, but their portfolio has expanded to do much more than just maintain records in the patient care space. They understandably have specific system requirements for successful use of all their powerful features. The recommended screen resolution on a system running Epic is 1920×1080 with at 24” widescreen flat panel screen. That is a bit of a jump from the 22” monitors people normally use. Epic has so much to display on the screen that smaller monitors will require scrolling to see the entire work window. They also recommend a sixth generation Intel processor and 8GB of memory. A strong processor and ample memory is necessary to run the application at full bore without any freezing or slowness. A computer running this software will often be in a clinical setting and needs to be of a high quality and safety standard. All these requirements added up together points to a need for a medical grade PC to adequately handle the job. Let’s explore why that is.

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Medical grade computers like Tangent’s Medix T24B are purpose built for medical environments running memory intensive applications that must have reliable and near-constant uptime. From the performance side, the T24B guarantees fast and consistent functionality with up to 32GB of memory and an Intel Core i7 processor. From a hardware perspective, three hot-swappable batteries allows for up to 10.5 hours of uninterrupted run time in case of a power outage. This medical grade computer matches Epic’s requirements perfectly with a 24” wide multi-touch screen and 1920×1080 resolution. Being a medical grade all-in-one panel PC makes it space efficient, sleek, and professional looking. Patient data is efficiently entered as they work with their care provider and they can see that quality equipment is used at the facility.

 

Medix T24B Medical Computer

A medical grade PC also needs to promote health and safety in a medical facility. After all, computers are touched all day long by many hands, and the last thing anyone needs is for germs and bacteria to propagate and spread there. Like the T24B, Tangent’s C24 medical grade panel PC has an antimicrobial additive baked into its housing to reduce the growth and spread of contagion. The enclosure is sealed with an IP65 rating so that it may be properly wiped down and sanitized. A third, and often forgotten, safety precaution is confirmed by the device’s medical 60601 certification. This indicates that the computer is protected from electrical frequency leakage, making it safe to be used in close proximity to a patient. Running an EHR software suite with a stellar reputation on a powerful medical grade computer with built-in uptime assurance is a sure-fire path to a successful practice and satisfied, safe patients.

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Mini PC: A small “Footprint”

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Today’s Mini PC is considerably more powerful than yesterday’s desktop computers. Packed with the latest Intel processors and running the latest Windows operating system, Tangent’s mini PC product line can be customized to meet the demanding needs of today’s applications. A strong backbone is critical in the engineering process of a tangent mini PC. Tangent carefully selects components designed to deliver reliability, performance, and versatility.

Go mobile with your mini PC; mount them on vehicles to provide applications, GPS and real time management for your fleet remotely. With VESA standard mounting options and models that have been optimized for operation under wide temperature ranges, you can practically mount a mini PC anywhere you can provide power to the AC adapter.

With small footprints; some models are less than 5” in length, and IP65-67 rating for splash and dust resistance, the mini PC product line is a powerful, versatile computing solution for a variety of environments. The fanless option on some models add yet another feature to help reduce maintenance. Without fans there is no need to clean out dust or maintain heatsinks, making our fanless mini PC one of the easiest computers to own and operate.

Unpack and plug it in; speak, one-on-one, to one of our expert Account Executives to help with the configuration of your new mini PC before completing your order. Or request a free evaluation unit of a mini PC to test drive before you buy. When you’re ready to complete your purchase, provide us with your image which we will use to pre-configure your new mini PC and deliver a ready to deploy computer.

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Rugged Mini PC: It’s a tough computer, inside and out

Vibrations, shock, spills, or dust cannot penetrate the tank-like shell of Tangent’s Mini Rugged PC. This customizable line of computers can be mounted onto vehicles, vessels, or medical carts and taken for a ride in harsh environments.
24/7 operation, fanless computer design, TPM security, and high temperature range operation are just a few features that combine to fulfill the rugged characteristic of this pc. Adding the latest Intel CPU, DDR memory, and Intel WiFi technology in the rugged chassis, enables Tangent to deliver a fast-performing rugged mini PC for an extremely reliable operation.

Some models can be configured with lower power consumption CPUs making this rugged mini pc an ideal fleet-tracking and mobile computing unit. Reliability is mission critical and we understand you expect the same from your rugged computer. Extensive research and development have gone into bringing you a computer with the reliability you need to meet today’s demanding industry applications.

Your workplace is harsh and rugged, so must be your PC. IP65-67 rated systems are available, and provide waterproof and dust-proof seals on some models. These rugged computer models can be sprayed and wiped down with cleaning solutions or water.

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Tangent’s Industrial computer: A new standard

Tangent Industrial PCs are a crucial part of the industries upon which we depend for daily needs such as gas, food, healthcare, entertainment, education, transportation, among many others. Tangent industrial PCs are built for environments where reliability is a must. Engineering methods developed and perfected over the past 28 years allows us to provide a comprehensive line of industrial PCs to meet a growing and ever-changing demand for the latest computing technology. Tangent’s efforts helped pioneer the first industrial computers in the early 1990s. A solid understanding and reputation in the industrial computer field has made Tangent’s line of Industrial PCs one of the most trusted brands in computers today.

This PC is industrial grade from inside-out, designed with high-performance components to deliver continuous operation under critical and demanding tasks. Whether it’s a machine automation interface (HMI) or a kiosk on the factory floor with workers operating the computers with gloves, the Tangent industrial computer is designed to perform.  All-in-one touchscreen industrial computers are one of the most convenient and reliable computing solutions for most of the industrial applications available today. Legacy options such as LPT-1 and RS232 ports (serial and printer) amongst others is offered in some models to meet the demands of your early or proprietary hardware/machines.

Security is important to many organizations. Our industrial PC product line includes many models designed to support TPM security to provide the latest encryption technology and comprehensive protection of your data. Biometric, RFID and smartcard options are available on our tablet, all-in-one and panel computer models.