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Should Hospitals Continue Using Telehealth Appointments After The Pandemic?

Telehealth has become synonymous with healthcare during this pandemic. Hospitals around the country are using telehealth services on their medical computers to continue caring for their patients. GlobalData has found that 79% of medical specialists are now using telemedicine in the hospital. This is in part due to federal regulators and the private sector making telemedicine easier than ever to implement in hospitals. But will telehealth remain after the pandemic has subsided?

Telehealth After The Pandemic

Telehealth has become an integral part of how hospitals treat patients. Patients have become accustomed to the appointments, which do not require them to spend time driving to the hospital and waiting for the doctor. In fact, 9 out of 10 patients who used telehealth for appointments had a positive experience.

But these appointments were only made possible by sweeping federal action at the beginning of the pandemic, and are at risk of being taken away. The American Medical Association has previously called for the pandemic-related waivers that make telehealth possible to be expanded with the Telehealth Modernization Act. With this legislation and other similar ones being brought to the house and senate floor, it’s looking likely that telehealth will become a permanent fixture in the hospital setting.

Continuing Use Of Telehealth After The Pandemic

Hospitals should expect to continue making use of telehealth after the pandemic. While the service has been primarily used by at-risk patients, widening its availability can help hospitals reach more patients. With advanced medical computers from Tangent like the M24T, doctors can rapidly see numerous patients back-to-back. The primary benefit of the use of medical computers for telehealth is this saved time, for both doctors and patients. Doctors do not have to wait for patients to be roomed, and can quickly switch from one patient to the next without having to walk through the hospital.

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Telehealth With Tangent

Tangent has always designed their lineup of medical grade computers to be telehealth-ready, and during this pandemic this design-choice has been greatly utilized. Learn more about how Tangent can help your hospital in its telehealth efforts by contacting Tangent Sales today.

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Meeting Surging Hospitalizations With Medical Grade Computers

While vaccinations have begun across the world, it will take months for the ramifications of these injections to have an effect. Until then, the pandemic is still on, and currently more threatening than ever. A recent CNN article dove into the hospitals of L.A. County in California, and gave first hand accounts of the crisis unfolding there.

One top County health official said that they were on “brink of catastrophe.” as of December 31, 21,449 Covid-19 patients were in hospital beds in California, with 4,500 in ICU beds. CNN reports that L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti said, “We are still going to have our toughest and darkest days, it’s so critical we change our behavior.”

The picture in California is grim, and can easily be painted across the entire nation in the coming months. Hospitals around the country need to prepare now for a situation like California’s to happen in their own backyard. With the new, intensely-more infectious U.K. virus variant being detected in the United States, a rise in cases seems unavoidable.

Meeting Surging Hospitalizations

The name of the game is preparation, and Tangent is here to help. While it may seem like medical grade computers are not a good way of preparing for surging hospitalizations, this could not be further from the truth. Medical grade computers like the M24T from Tangent free up doctor’s time, and allows them to see more patients in small time frames.

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Tangent’s Medix M24T Antimicrobial Computer

Medical grade computers by Tangent are lightning fast, and designed for rapid use. With them, doctors can do their clerical work faster and easier by using their adaptive touchscreens. Telehealth appointments can be done quickly and safely without doctors needing to waste time fumbling with older computers.

What’s more: Tangent’s full lineup of medical computers are antimicrobial. Their enclosures have been treated to mitigate the growth of harmful bacteria on all surfaces. Combined with IP rated water resistant touch screens that can easily be sanitized, Tangent medical computers are designed to be an aid in medical settings.

Meet The Pandemic Head-On With Tangent

This pandemic has forced hospitals to make difficult decisions and adapt on the fly. Tangent understands the concerns of hospitals and how to help them get through this challenging period. With Tangent medical computers by your doctors’ sides, they can feel safe and confident in the days ahead. Contact Tangent Sales today For more information.

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Top 3 Reasons Why Hospitals Need Medical Grade Computers Now More Than Ever

While it may seem that every medical computer is built the same, this is simply not the case. During this pandemic, hospitals need the absolute best tools to use at their discretion. That’s why Tangent medical computers are designed to be versatile tools built for hospital use. Here are three reasons why hospitals need Tangent medical grade computers for their doctors.

Prevent Nosocomial Infections

Now, more than ever, preventing inter-hospital infections is more important than ever. Typically, infections that occur in the hospital are referred to as Nosocomial infections. These can include diseases such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and E. coli. Now however, this can also include infections due to the pandemic. As we head into flu season, preventing nosocomial infections of all kinds is crucial to the wellbeing of hospitals everywhere.

In order to help prevent nosocomial infections, Tangent medical computers come equipped with antimicrobial touchscreens. These touchscreens on medical computers like the M24T are fully adaptive and precise, allowing doctors to easily access patient records and information just as fast as they use their own cell phones. With antimicrobial coatings, disease causing pathogens are unable to survive on the surface of Tangent medical computer screens and quickly die off. This built-in sanitizing system can help prevent doctors from spreading infections to one another via commonly shared medical computers.

IP65-Rated Water Resistant And Dust Sealed

Tangent medical computers feature antimicrobial touchscreens to keep hospitals clean. In addition to these antimicrobial touchscreens, Tangent medical computers are IP rated to be water and dust resistant. IP ratings allow medical grade computers like the Medix 22 to be cleaned regularly without worry of internal damage to the computer. With medical computers from Tangent, both the front and back panels fo the medical computer can be cleaned easily and safely.

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The New Medix 22

With the IP rating also comes a sealed design that mitigates the growth of pathogens inside the medical computer as well. With a fanless cooling system, the Medix 22 does not build up dust inside its enclosure, keeping maintenance requirements low and bacteria breeding grounds absent.

Built-in Telehealth And Telemedicine Capabilities

The pandemic has forced many healthcare providers to rely on telehealth and telemedicine services. Likewise, some medical computer companies have had to scramble to produce medical computers built for telehealth and telemedicine.

But at Tangent, every medical computer has been built with telemedicine in mind since before the pandemic began. Tangent believes that telemedicine is a vital technology that has allowed mobility-impaired individuals to get the quality medical care they deserve. Now, everyone from those who are healthy to those who are at-risk can make use of virtual medical appointments to get the care they need.

Tangent medical computers have built in front-facing cameras and solid network capabilities that allow for clear and accurate virtual appointments

Tangent Medical Computers: The Best For Hospitals

These are just three of many reasons why Tangent medical computers are needed in hospitals. To learn a few more, contact Tangent Sales today.

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Good Sitting Posture At Your Medical Computer

As the pandemic continues on, your doctors are no doubt making more use of their medical computers for telehealth purposes. Loosening restrictions by the federal government have made implementing telehealth solutions in the hospital easier and safer than ever. But as a consequence of this, doctors are spending more time sitting down at their medical computers with patients than they normally would. We’ve come up with some great ways to ensure that your doctors and nurses maintain good health by maintaining good posture at their medical computers.

Why Sitting Posture At Medical Computers Is Important

Medical computers are tools designed to increase the wellbeing of others, but without proper posture these efforts can have a negative impact on a doctor’s health. Poor sitting posture can lead to:

  • Increased strain on the body
  • Reduced spine health
  • Above average damage to joints and muscles.

Over time the lasting consequences of poor posture can negatively impact one’s quality of life, and lead to health complications down the road. But the negative health effects of poor posture can easily be avoided.

Maintaining Good Posture In The Hospital

Good posture isn’t just something you learn, it’s a lifestyle decision that you live each day. For doctors at medical computers, posture is something that can be practiced each day to increase overall health.

When sitting at your medical computer, it is important to avoid crossing your knees and ankles, as this can put unnecessary strain on the joints and muscles of these body parts. Keep your legs in front of you, inline with your hips. Likewise, keep your arms at right angles towards the keyboard. Your medical computer should have standard VESA mounting, and be capable of being adjusted directly to eye level. You don’t want to be straining your neck to look down at your medical computer’s monitor.

Above all, make sure you are sitting up straight. It is more than tempting to slink back into your chair, but keeping your chair flush against your back can prevent a slow fall into this position. Your height plays a big factor into all of this, make sure that your desk and medical computer are calibrated to your height accordingly. Your equipment should work around you, not the other way around.

Maintain Good Posture With Tangent

The posture of your doctors is crucial to your hospital’s long term success. Health doctors make healthy patients, and tangent is here to help. Tangent’s lineup of medical computers are capable of being mounted, making them easy to customize for an individual’s unique posture requirements. Give your doctors the posture aid they need with medical computers from Tangent.

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Why Hospitals Rely On Fax Machines, And How They Can Advance With Medical Computers

If you wanted to buy something off your favorite online shop, and the only way to get your receipt was via fax, would you still buy it? Chances are you would, but forgo collecting your receipt altogether. The matter of the fact is that fax machines are (and have been) outdated for decades. But despite advances in medical grade computer technology, nearly 90% of hospitals still rely on these dinosaurs of machines to transfer patient data around the hospital. Why are fax machines still prevalent in hospitals around the country when medical grade computers are more advanced than ever? To answer this question, we will have to go back to when patient data was on paper instead of on medical grade computers.

The HITECH Act And Transition To Medical Computer Records

In 2009 amidst the previous economic recession, President Obama passed a series of legislation aimed at reinvigorating the economy. One of these acts was the HITECH Act, which among other things also set aside $30 billion for hospitals to revamp their paper medical records by digitizing them and putting them on medical grade computers. The switch from paper medical records to digital ones on medical computers proved to be a huge success, with medical computer-based patient records jumping from from 9 percent in 2008 to 83 percent in 2015 according to Vox.

The large stimulus amount in this Act is mostly responsible for this jump in medical computer-based record usage. But even though hospitals adopted the use of medical grade computers for their records, the industry that created patient record software still had some catching up to do.

There was no part in this Act that forced these software companies to work together on standardizing files. Because of this, a radiologist may want to send an X-ray over to a cardiologist in the same hospital, but have no way for the file to accurately transfer. This harkened back to the earliest days of computers, when programs and files had no standardization and often required specific software and hardware combinations to work.

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Fax Machines Don’t Have To Be A Crucial Part Of Your Hospital

Thus, the fax machine was used to physically print off patient information from medical computers, and send copies to other departments and hospitals.

How Can Hospitals Ditch The Fax Machine?

If medical grade computers are flying cars, then fax machines are roads. While they played an important role in the transition to full medical grade computer use, they are quickly approaching their expiration date. Medical computers have long had medical software that is both safe and secure, and capable of transporting medical data.

Secure email can also play a pivotal role in transferring patient data between medical grade computers. These options also allow hospitals to save on paper and ink costs, and free up valuable realty that is taken up by bulky fax machines. However, this does not explain how hospitals can get their medical grade software to communicate with each other.

The 21st Century Cures Act requires that medical software to exchange medical data with other medical software without special effort. The exact meaning of this Act is still up for debate, but is promising in its scope. If implemented as intended, this Act would require medical software companies to play nice with each other, and finally allow that radiologist to email the cardiologist an X-Ray.

How Can Hospitals Be Ready For The Removal Of Fax Machines?

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Be Ready With Medical Computers From Tangent

Fax machines have come and gone for a large part of the economy. Hospitals, being some of the last to make the transition away from the fax machine have many choices to choose from. With quality medical computer technology, hospitals can make this transition easily and securely. Contact Tangent sales today to learn about special offers on upgrading your hospital to the digital age.

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How Can Hospitals Combat Hackers During This Pandemic?

Each and every day, hackers try their best to take down cybersecurity systems around the world, and those of hospitals are no exception. The New York Times has reported that Russian hackers have attempted to steal information on possible vaccines from the U.S. last week. In addition, over 140 high profile figures had their twitter accounts hacked last week in a devastating cyber attack. This only goes to show that even during a pandemic, cyber security must remain a top priority. Maintaining your hospital’s cybersecurity is crucial, here are three ways to help keep your hospital safe.

Choose The Right Medical Computers

Not every medical computer is created equal, and it shows when it comes to cyber security. Having secure medical computers is crucial for hospitals to thwart hacking and ransomware attempts, and there are no better medical computers for the job than those from Tangent. Medical grade computers from Tangent are built with your hospital’s safety in mind, both in the medical and cyber sense.

Medical grade computers like the M24T from Tangent come equipped with TPM 2.0 for maximum cybersecurity. This module ensures that the computer boots up and functions as it should, helping prevent costly breakdowns.  In addition, this module can prevent dictionary cyberattacks a method used by hackers to figure out passwords from occurring on your medical grade computers.

Keep Your Medical Grade Computers Updated

The longer a piece of software sits without being updated, the more time potential hackers have to crack it. When you update software on your medical computer, you’re not just receiving the latest additions. These updates make it harder for hackers to break into the software, as they now have to start from scratch in finding a vulnerability. Keeping your medical computers updated is the easiest way to help ward off potential cyber criminals.

Keep Your Doctors And Nurses Informed

Your medical computers are only as smart as the medical staff using them. It is important to train your staff not only how to use their medical grade computer, but also how to recognize suspicious activity. While this pandemic has strained hospital resources, it is this same strain that can make employees more susceptible to falling for cyber tricks like phishing scams. Make sure that your medical staff stay vigilant about such attempts.

Stay Safe With Tangent

Tangent medical computers are designed with antimicrobial enclosures and TPM modules to keep your hospital safe from physical and digital pathogens. Keep your hospital running inside and out with medical grade computers from Tangent.

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What Is Remote Monitoring On Medical Computers?

There is a lot of talk about telehealth these days, and while it has been a vital tool during this pandemic, there have been other medical computer-based solutions that have been overlooked. One such solution is remote monitoring via medical computers, which can help hospitals continue to treat patients without putting them in harm’s way.

What Is Remote Monitoring On Medical Computers?

Simply put, remote monitoring takes the idea of telehealth to its logical endpoint. While telehealth is used primarily for appointments such as primary care visits, remote monitoring allows doctors to monitor the vitals of patients from their own home. This allows doctors access to the vital patient information they need to make healthcare decisions without putting either the doctor or patient at risk.

The same temporary rules that have made telehealth more accessible during the pandemic have also made remote monitoring more feasible. Now any hospital using medical grade computers can easily set up remote monitoring.

Remote Monitoring In The Home

Right now, high-risk patients have enough on their plate. Asking them to put their health on the line to come into the hospital might be a big ask. But the regular trips that these patients make to the hospital are also necessary for doctors to determine the next step of their care plan. Remote monitoring allows for doctors to get the information they need, and for patients to be out of harm’s way.

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Remote Monitoring On Tangent Medical Computers Is Easier Than Ever

Wearable sensors, self administered tests, implanted sensors, and more are now available for patients at home. The information these devices collect can be transmitted directly to their doctor’s medical grade computer. In essence, remote monitoring allows for pre-pandemic levels of patient care via medical grade computers.

Remote Monitoring In The Hospital

The obvious benefit to remote monitoring is that doctors can once again get the information they need to make informed decisions. But there are other benefits to hospitals in general. High-risk patients such as those with heart failure can be safely monitored at their home, allowing for more ICU beds to be available in this crisis.

Furthermore, remote monitoring can be used inside the hospital to keep track of infected patients on medical grade computers without putting medical staff at risk. Remote monitoring can even lead to faster response times.

Setup Remote Monitoring With Tangent Today

Remote monitoring can be a crucial part of your hospital’s pandemic preparedness plan. With Tangent’s medical grade computers, your doctors can safely and securely access patient information on fully sanitizable and antimicrobial medical computers and medical grade tablets. Contact a Tangent medical grade computer expert today to learn more.

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Medical Tablets For Hospital Safety

While phased reopenings in various states continue, the trend of infection cases is only increasing. While this is worrisome on its own, the impact this can have on our healthcare system is not to be underestimated. Keeping patients safe is the priority of every hospital, and in these times this priority is all the more challenging. But with Medical Tablets from Tangent, doctors and patients can have a barrier of safety while still giving and receiving medical care.

Medical Tablets: Promote Social Distancing

Hospitals are continuing to make efforts to mitigate the chance of infections for patients and medical staff. While wearing face masks and maintaining an appropriate distance during contact are key to preventing the spread of infection, medical tablets can help take this one step further. With a medical tablet in hand, doctors can talk to patients remotely via telehealth. Whether patients are at their own home or in the hospital, a medical tablet can give patients the face-to-face time they need without putting anyone at risk.

T-13 Medical Tablet from Tangent
T-13 Medical Tablet from Tangent

In the hospital, medical tablets allow doctors to access patient records on-the-go and before they sit down with a patient. This ensures that doctors are only in close proximity to patients for the least amount of time necessary. Patients can also make use of medical tablets in the hospital to safely and reliably contact medical personnel. In nearly every situation, a medical tablet can help promote social distancing and limit social interactions.

Antimicrobial And Fully Sanitizable

Not only do medical tablets from Tangent promote social distancing efforts, they take safety even further. Medical tablets like the T13 from Tangent have fully antimicrobial enclosures. These antimicrobial enclosures mitigate the growth of pathogens on the medical tablet’s surface. This allows medical tablets to be used by multiple medical personnel without the risk of infection poised by non-antimicrobial tablets.

T-13 Medical Tablet from Tangent
T-13 Medical Tablet from Tangent

In addition, medical tablets from Tangent are fully sanitizable with traditional cleaning products. With regular cleanings, medical tablets can safely and effectively keep hospitals running smoothly. The combination of being fully santizable and antimicrobial means that medical tablets from Tangent are the prime candidate for reducing infection risks.

Medical Tablets: Safe And Reliable

Tablets come in all shapes and sizes, but only medical tablets are built for the shape and size demanded by the medical setting. With telehealth options and fully antimicrobial enclosures, medical tablets from Tangent are the right fit for any hospital looking to promote safety.

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Unlike other medical grade computers, medical all-in-one computers from Tangent are equipped with fully sanitizable touchscreens. These touch screens allow medical computers like the M24T from Tangent to operate as both a tablet and medical computer.

Medical All-In-One Computers For Healthcare

New advancements in medical grade technology are made every day, and Tangent is at the forefront of medical grade computer development. As the role of digital information like Electronic Medical Records (EMR)s and Electronic Health Records (EHR)s in healthcare continues to increase, having the fastest possible access to this information will be vital in providing quality healthcare. At Tangent, our line of all-in-one medical computers is constantly being reimagined to give healthcare professionals the speed and ease of access they need.

Tangent Medical Grade Computers: Touchscreen Enabled

Unlike other medical grade computers, medical all-in-one computers from Tangent are equipped with fully sanitizable touchscreens. These touch screens allow medical computers like the M24T from Tangent to operate as both a tablet and medical computer.

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M24T Medical Computer

With this touchscreen, doctors and nurses alike can quickly and easily access patient information. These screens are fully sanitizable with alcohol based cleaners, ensuring that the risk of interhospital transmission of diseases remains low. In addition, Tangent medical all-in-one computers come with a fully antimicrobial enclosure as an added buffer against harmful pathogens.

The Latest Technology Built In

Tangent builds their medical computers with the latest technology and processes in mind. Medical computers like the E24B from Tangent are equipped with 8th generation Intel processors for maximum efficiency when working with medical programs. With up to an immense 32 gigabytes of RAM, this medical all-in-one computer is capable of multitasking with multiple pieces of medical software at once. With this speed and multitasking capabilities also comes the benefit of RFID and smartcard reader technology, allowing doctors and nurses easy access to these medical computers without having to constantly log in and out.

Tangent E24B Medical Computer
Tangent E24B Medical Computer

Built For Every Medical Setting

Tangent medical all-in-one computers set themselves apart in their ability to operate in nearly every medical environment. From local area health centers to aged care centers, from public hospitals to private hospitals, from mental health institutions to the dentist office, there is a Tangent medical computer built for it. With medical all-one-one computers, you don’t need to choose between a tablet with 24/7 battery life and a stationary medical computer; you can have both.

Tangent Medical Computers: The Perfect Fit

Every medical institution can benefit from medical all-in-one computers in their arsenal of medical technology. Tangent consistently raises the bar in medical computer development by creating multipurpose, exceptionally fast, and safe medical computers.

Tangent is a leading supplier of medical grade computers. Sanitizable computers help prevent infections in hospitals.

While reducing readmission rates should be the goal of any hospital, the study also found ways to help make readmission as smooth as possible. Part of their strategy is to create a plan for family members and caretakers to use in case a patient needs to be readmitted. In addition, linking inbound and outbound medical records also helped. By using a medical grade computer, doctors can create these game plans for family members and caretakers and securely transfer the files to them. In addition, doctors can use their medical grade computer to combine medical records and ensure that a readmitted patient receives the care they need.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates

As hospitals around the country reopen to elective procedures, unresolved challenges must once again be grappled with. One of these challenges is the reduction of hospital readmission rates. Hospital readmission refers to the readmission of a patient less than 30 days after a procedure, normally due to complications. According to the American Institute of Research, nearly one in five patients experience readmission.

While the lowering of this number should be enough to have hospitals take this issue seriously, there are other factors that contribute to the severity of this problem needing to be resolved. Due to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP), hospitals with an excess in hospital readmission rates may see their medicare payments significantly reduced.

With both the U.S. government taking this problem seriously and the sheer scope of the issue, it is more important than ever for hospitals to take the reduction of readmission rates seriously. Luckily, there is research showing that hospitals can take steps to reduce these rates, potentially saving patient’s time and money.

Reducing Hospital Readmission Rates

In a study titled, “Hospital Strategies Associated With 30-Day Readmission Rates for Patients With Heart Failure” researchers found a number of ways to help reduce readmission rates for patients. One of these methods was to ensure that patients had follow-up appointments before being discharged. By keeping careful track of a patient’s recovery on medical PCs, medical staff can know beforehand whether a patient can be discharged. Then, in a follow up appointment, medical staff can refer to information on their medical grade computer on the patient’s recovery and make the decision on whether or not to discharge them. Keeping a record of a patient’s recovery on a medical PC can ensure patients who would be readmitted will instead remain in care.

Handling Readmission

While reducing readmission rates should be the goal of any hospital, the study also found ways to help make readmission as smooth as possible. Part of their strategy is to create a plan for family members and caretakers to use in case a patient needs to be readmitted. In addition, linking inbound and outbound medical records also helped. By using a medical grade computer, doctors can create these game plans for family members and caretakers and securely transfer the files to them. In addition, doctors can use their medical grade computer to combine medical records and ensure that a readmitted patient receives the care they need.

Hospital Readmission Rates: Reduced With Medical PCs

Reducing hospital readmission rates is a crucial goal in healthcare, and medical PCs can help achieve it. Medical PCs are a type of medical grade computer, and help doctor’s keep track of patient’s records so that readmission is not necessary. When it is, medical PCs can help make the process easy and keep patients healthy. With a medical grade computer at your doctor’s side, there’s nothing they can’t accomplish.

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