Tangent can help hospitals ditch their fax machine for modern medical computers

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 The matter of the fact is that fax machines are (and have been) outdated for decades.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.

Tangent can help hospitals ditch their fax machine for modern medical computers
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?

Tangent can help hospitals ditch their fax machine for modern medical computers
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.

Detection Kiosk For Elevated Skin temperature Detection

Easily Take Customer’s Temperature With A Temperature Scanner Kiosk

Keeping both customers and employees safe during this pandemic is the first priority of every essential business. But with case numbers around the U.S. continuing to increase, keeping businesses open in a safe manner is becoming increasingly difficult. How can businesses ensure that only uninfected persons enter their store? Thermal Temperature Scanner Kiosks can help stores, hospitals, and other essential businesses screen patients for symptoms before they enter the facility.

Thermal Temperature Scanner Kiosks From Tangent

With a thermal temperature scanner kiosk from Tangent, screening patrons for symptoms of infection can be done in a safe and effective manner. Customers simply stand in front of the thermal temperature scanner kiosk and have their skin temperature checked in under one second. Then, customers showing elevated skin temperatures can be directed into another area for fever detection, or simply told they are not allowed to enter the premises.

With a thermal temperature scanner kiosk from Tangent, employees do not have to be put in harm’s way to detect a patron’s skin temperature. Instead, they can stay safe and away from entering customers who are having their skin temperature checked.

AI Thermal Scanner Built In

With mask requirements becoming the norm around the country, enforcing this requirement in stores has proved a challenge. The AI thermal scanner built into Tangent’s kiosk not only detects a person’s skin temperature, but can also detect if they are wearing a mask. If your facility requires the usage of face masks for entry, patrons who are not wearing a mask will be informed of this requirement. This AI thermal scanner keeps confrontations between employees and customers to a minimum.

This AI thermal scanner technology allows for a seamless skin temperature detection process. Patrons do not have to touch the kiosk at all, and can stand away from it and have their skin temperature automatically detected. This hands-free approach using an AI thermal scanner allows for less cleanings, and more sanitary conditions over all.

The AI thermal scanner technology allows employees to stay safely away from potentially infectious persons. If a person is found to have an elevated skin temperature, a silent or audible alarm is triggered. This customization allows stores, hospitals, and other facilities to handle their customers in the best possible way for their unique situation.

Smart Temperature Detection For Stores, Hospitals, And More

With a Thermal Temperature Scanner Kiosk from Tangent, there is a way to help keep your customers and employees safe during these trying times. With a built in AI thermal scanner, Tangent’s Thermal Temperature Scanner Kiosk helps both customers and employees feel safe and comfortable in their essential needs.

Unleash Your Hospital's Potential With Medical Grade Computers From Tangent

Is An All Digital, Medical Computer-Based Hospital Possible?

During this pandemic, hospitals are seeing an unprecedented level of new technology being deployed. Thanks to loosening government regulations and private sector support, telehealth and telemedicine have been implemented in hospitals across the United States. But this begs the question, is a fully digital, medical computer-based hospital possible?

Increasing Hospital Efficiency With Medical Computers

In 2016, Modern Healthcare toured a digital hospital. What they found was a hospital in which medical computers and other technologies had transformed the way that healthcare was delivered. This efficient approach to healthcare allowed doctors and nurses more time with patients and helped automate the bulk of the hospital’s backend work.

Digitize Your Hospital With Medical Grade Computers From Tangent
Digitize Your Hospital With Medical Grade Computers From Tangent

While this hospital was built from the ground up to be a digital hospital, today’s hospitals can adopt some of these measures to see their efficiency increase. Medical computers have already proved their worth to hospitals with telehealth and telemedicine, but these medical computers can also play a role in helping your hospital’s digital capabilities.

Medical Grade Computers: Keep Doctors Informed

One of the major benefits of a fully digital hospital is the excision of old, inefficient methods of healthcare. Medical computers like medical grade tablets can help doctors eliminate the need for pagers. Instead, doctors can have their own medical grade computer on them at all times. With full medical grade computer capabilities, medical grade tablets can allow doctors to review medical records, respond to emails, and more while on the move throughout the hospital.

Digitize Your Hospital With Medical Grade Tablets From Tangent
Digitize Your Hospital With Medical Grade Tablets From Tangent

What’s more, medical grade tablets allow doctors all the capabilities of pagers in the same device as their professional materials. This two-in-one allows doctors to have the full use of a medical grade computer and work phone in one.

Expand Telehealth Capabilities With Medical Computers

Telehealth has already seen a massive increase in use during this pandemic. But as patients become more accustomed to this level of care, it may be hard to convince them to come back to the hospital. To this end, working on your hospital’s website may help patients in the transition to more online-oriented care.

Tangent's Medical Grade Tablets Can Help Digitize Your Hospital
Tangent’s Medical Grade Tablets Can Help Digitize Your Hospital

With an updated website and patient portal, patients can connect with their doctors more easily. Instead of setting up an entire appointment, patients can send their doctors a short message on the patient portal. Doctors can then see this message on their medical computer or medical grade tablet, and respond accordingly. This can save both time and appointment capacities at your hospital.

Medical Grade Computers and Tablets: The Way Forward

The transformation of hospitals in the digital age is happening, and medical grade computers and medical grade tablets will play a crucial role in the hospital of tomorrow. Keep your hospital up to date with the latest in medical technology from Tangent.

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