Medical misinformation has been a constant problem since the internet first arose, but especially so during this pandemic. There are countless websites out there that give readers the impression that what they are reading is a fact-based, reliable source of information. These websites can lead your patients to making adverse decisions about their care. It has never been more important to ensure that your patients have access to trusted medical information on a constant basis. While medical misinformation remains a problem, there is something your hospital can do. Here are a few ways you can help your patients gain access to reliable information by using your existing medical computers.
Build Out Your Medical Portal
One of the easiest ways for your hospital to combat medical misinformation is by creating or updating a portal. Your hospital may already have a patient portal where they can book appointments and chat with their doctors. This same virtual space is also conducive to learning. New features like a medical information library will immediately gain your patient’s trust because they are already familiar with the portal structure.
If you don’t have a patient portal, consider making one. Doctors can regularly update these portals with their own advice on medical conditions and current medical trends. They can take inspiration from their own work to do this. Say a doctor is discussing the best ways to control diabetes with a patient. Doctors can then write up highlights from this conversation for the portal, as other patients may find it worthwhile.
Why Medical Computers Are Important For Combating Medical Misinformation
Medical computers are a key facet in combating medical misinformation. For starters, they are designed for hospital and clinic use. The M24T from Tangent is one medical computer that can help your doctors in their efforts.
The M24T is a fast and reliable medical computer. With a NVMe slot for storage, the M24T has the capacity to load programs up to 30 times faster than traditional HDD systems. This allows your doctor to spend less time waiting for their computer to stop lagging, and more time with their patients.
Have An “AMA” Section On Your Portal To Counter Medical Misinformation
An “AMA” is an open forum where patients are allowed to ask your doctors anything. By facilitating these interactions on your portal, you can effectively control which types of answers your patients are looking at. The benefit of an AMA is that some questions can be asked anonymously, sparing patients from potential embarrassment.
Your patients can feel comfortable asking your entire medical team questions that may seem trivial to your doctors but very important to the patients. Your patients will no doubt seek out this information on their own, and with an AMA you can ensure they get the best results.
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Tangent offers a robust lineup of medical computers designed to be easy to use and lightning fast. These medical computers can help your patients further understand medical advice, and combat medical misinformation. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
For their entire existence, hospitals have only had one major goal: to provide quality healthcare to their local community. To do this, doctors have always used the most advanced technology available to them. In the sixties, that meant creating and implementing the first artificial hearts into patients. Innovations like these have led to people living longer, healthier lives. Now, the latest medical innovation is the very one you are using to read this: medical grade computers.
Medical grade computers have changed the way hospitals do virtually everything. Gone are the days where scores of staff were tasked with organizing and ferrying paper health records. No more are the days where pagers were the only reliable way to get ahold of patients. Gone are the days of inefficiency. Now with every doctor having their own medical computer, hospitals are able to see more patients and treat them with higher accuracy.
Of course, not every medical computer is created equal. Your hospital needs the highest acumen of medical grade computers possible. Here are five reasons why your hospital needs medical computers, and which features to be on the lookout for.
How A Medical Grade Computer Can Help Prevent Nosocomial Infections
Even before the pandemic, nosocomial infections were a scourge on hospitals. Nosocomial infections refer to diseases caught while in the hospital. These diseases can greatly complicate your hospital’s workflow. Say a patient in recovery catches an infection. Suddenly, they may need emergency treatment and their bed for days or potentially weeks longer than anticipated. The costs to both the patient and the hospital can be astronomical.
You can help prevent these infections with the right medical grade computers. Medical grade computers like the M24T from Tangent come equipped with a trusted antimicrobial coating. This coating greatly mitigates the growth of bacteria across the computer’s surfaces.
Think about it: your medical grade computers scattered across the many patient rooms in your hospital receive a lot of traffic. Multiple LVNs, RNs, and doctors will use the same medical computer in one day. There were an estimated 687,000 nosocomial infections in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2015 alone, with an estimated 72,000 resulting deaths according to the CDC. Imagine if the risk of them spreading germs across these computers could be reduced.
A Fanless Design For Enhanced Cleanliness
If you haven’t cracked open a computer before, you may not be aware of how much dust can build up in them. Computers are magnets for dust, thanks in part to their fan-based cooling system. Computer CPUs create a lot of heat (it takes quite a bit of power to make everything behind the screen happen), and yet CPUs are highly sensitive to heat. That’s why many computers feature fans attached to a metal heat sink on top of their CPU. The heat sink allows heat to flow through it, and then the fan circulates air through the sink to cool everything down.
For a standard work setting, this is fine. There’s just one problem: the design of heat sinks also means that any dust in the air the fan pushed through them is liable to get trapped. IT departments can regularly clean these heat sinks out, but for some areas any amount of dust can be a problem.
Take the surgery room for instance. Imagine if you had a fan pointed at a bucket of dust blowing constantly while your surgeons performed a routine operation. Suffice to say, that wouldn’t be good. Some medical computers essentially do just that by circulating dusty air around rooms.
Every one of Tangent’s medical grade computers is designed with a robust fanless cooling system. This system keeps the medical computer cool, without spreading dust around. The closed body design of Tangent’s lineup lends itself to creating a more sanitary environment.
What Does It Mean For Medical Grade Computers To Be IP Rated?
You have heard of IP, or Ingress Protection, ratings before and wondered what they referred to. In short, an IP rating certifies that a device is capable of repelling some amount of water and or dust. Different ratings provide different levels of protection. Most consumer and commercial grade computers do have have any such rating. Users therefore have to be especially careful when cleaning them, as one slipup could lead to the destruction of the entire system.
But why are IP ratings important? In the medical setting, they are crucial. We have already outlined the potential risks that come with a dusty environment. But IP ratings go beyond this, allowing for some contact with liquids. This is because medical grade computers with an IP rating have a sealed enclosure With an IP rating of 65, most standard detergents can be used on a medical computer regularly without harm.
UL60601 Standards: Keeping Your Hospital Safe
HIPAA regulations are designed to keep a patient’s personal life private. They ensure that patients can feel comfortable divulging sensitive information to their doctor without fear of repercussions. But there is another, lesser known set of regulations that also work to keep your patients safe with medical grade computers.
IEC 60601 is a set of standards designed to ensure that medical electrical equipment like medical grade computers is up to snuff. In the United States, these standards have been translated into UL60601 standards. These standards, among other things, ensure that every medical computer sold in the United States does not interfere with other sensitive equipment.
Medical equipment like pace makers could potentially be affected by electric radiation coming off a commercial computer. The right medical grade computers ensure that your patients and medical equipment stay safe from potential electrical hazards.
Advanced Software Ready
Software has come a long way in the last 20 years, especially when on medical grade computers. In the early 2000s, a gigabyte was still considered to be a massive amount of storage. A gigabyte flash drive would run a pretty penny. Now however, nearly every piece of software is multiple gigabytes, and takes even more gigabytes of RAM to run.
Take Electronic Health Records, or EHR, software for instance. This software may seem not as resource intensive as other pieces of medical software. But over time,many have evolved from simple spreadsheets to entire care suites. Future-proofing for newer medical software has never been so important.
Tangent medical grade computers are designed with the future in mind. The E24B from Tangent features an NVMe storage slot. This slot, when coupled with an NVMe SSD, can perform up to 30 times faster than traditional HDD systems. In non-tech jargon, this amounts to far quicker computer start up times, software start up times, and loading speeds. With this SSD system, the E24B can handle today’s technical demands, and tomorrow’s.
Hospitals Need Medical Grade Computers, But Only The Best
Your hospital has no doubt been through a rough year. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us, but none more so than our medical professionals. Doctors, nurses, and medical assistants have worked around the clock to keep everyone safe. It is time to repay them by giving them equipment that can help keep them safe, and productive. Tangent medical grade computers are built from the ground up to always promote a sanitary hospital, keep doctors informed, and be reliable. As we round the corner on this pandemic, consider equipping your team with the best medical computers possible. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
Emergencies can strike at a moment’s notice. While dealing with the Pandemic, hospitals and other businesses in Louisiana also had to contend with Hurricanes. While many of these hospitals came out of these hurricanes with only moderate damage, some were not as lucky. Some areas are still recovering even today. On a smaller scale, issues are constantly arising in hospitals, especially when it comes to computers. While 24/7 support for medical grade computers may not appear to be as important as other preparation work, your hospital can only benefit from its retention.
Tangent’s 24/7 Support Service
24/7 support is exactly what it sounds like. If you ever have any trouble or questions about a Tangent medical grade computer, you can call their hotline at any time on any day. Regardless of the circumstances, a Tangent approved representative will be there to help.
For issues big and small, Tangent’s dedicated team of representatives are available to help. All of Tangent’s representatives are U.S. based and able to fully understand your concerns.
Tangent also offers industry leading warranties on all of their products. These warranties cover their medical grade computers, medical tablets, and more. In the rare circumstances when you’ll need support or service, Tangent will be there to help.
Why 24/7 Support Is Crucial To Hospital’s IT Infrastructure
You may wonder why your hospital needs 24/7 support. The truth of the matter is that emergencies can occur at any time. Your medical staff may need vital IT help in the dead of night, or immediately following a natural disaster. Giving them the knowledge that help is always just a phone call away can put them at ease, and factor into your hospital’s game plan for various problems.
Medical Computers With Constant Support
Of course, Tangent’s 24/7 support is only as good as its actual medical grade computers. In that department, Tangent excels as well. Medical computers like the M24T are not only designed for healthcare, but for the future of it as well. The M24T features a lightning fast SSD that is multitudes faster than traditional HDD systems.
The M24T also features an antimicrobial coating that can help your hospital prevent the spread of germs. This, combined with its IP rated water resistant touch screen make it the perfect sanitary companion for your doctors.
Recover Faster With Tangent
Your hospital has a game plan for every issue imaginable. But what if crucial parts of this game plan could have their time frame reduced? Tangent’s 24/7 support is here to make that possible. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
Hospitals are sites of constant innovation. Over the course of the pandemic, doctors and nurses have made do with what they had, fashioning PPE out of plastic bags and making the most of their situation. Now that vaccines are widely available, and we are on the other end of the delta variant surge, now is the time to start thinking about the equipment they’ll carry into the future. Doctors and nurses shouldn’t have to worry about old equipment, or a lack thereof. They deserve quality equipment that they can depend on. If that’s not reason enough, here are four more reasons why your hospital should incorporate new equipment like medical tablets.
Free Up Desk Space
Your facilities team has no doubt had to switch around your hospital’s layout over the course of the pandemic. Perhaps even multiple times. In these change ups, some employees may have lost their working space. Or maybe their workflow is such that they rarely have time to sit at their desk at all.
Medical tablets like the T13 can help doctors and nurses do their work while on the move, without needing a desk. The T13 is a full medical PC in a small, portable package. It has the power to run standard medical programs while still being light enough to carry.
Antimicrobial Medical Tablets
While hygiene was always an important part of any hospital’s success, it became the top priority during the pandemic. Hygienic standards were crucial to keeping hospital staff safe. Going forward, the threat imposed by nosocomial infections will re-emerge as a potential issue for hospitals.
The T13 features an antimicrobial coating which can help reduce the chance of nosocomial infections spreading throughout the hospital. This coating mitigates the growth of harmful bacteria across the tablet’s surfaces, helping to keep your hospital sanitary.
24/7 U.S. Based Technical Support
In an emergency, the last thing your doctors will want to do is spend crucial minutes on hold, trying to call for critical technical support. Tangent offers a robust, 24/7 technical support service for all of their medical tablets. This service is available at any time, for any issue large or small.
Our agents are based in the United States, and will be able to understand the problems your team is having with extreme accuracy. With constant availability, your hospital’s medical tablets will be back in fighting shape in the rare chance there is an issue with them.
Hot-Swap Battery Ready Medical Tablets
Your doctors are on their feet for a large majority of their shift. Just as they can’t always be at their desk to use their medical computers, they can’t hang around an outlet and wait for their medical tablet to charge.
Tangent’s T13 comes with the option for hot-swap batteries. These batteries can be charged on a separate dock from the T13, and can be switched out with ease. This way, your doctor’s medical tablets will always be ready for use.
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Now is the time to upgrade your hospital’s equipment. There are many reasons to do so, but one stands out above the rest: ensuring your doctors have the equipment they need. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
The top priority of any hospital is ensuring the health and safety of patients. The complications of the pandemic have made this mission that much more difficult. Doctors and nurses don personal protective gear each and every time they see a quarantined patient. While effective, this approach to caring for quarantine patients leaves room for human error. Reducing the amount of time medical staff spend with sick patients can reduce the risk associated. There are telehealth options that can help keep your quarantined patients in constant contact with their doctors, without putting either party in harm’s way.
Telehealth Made Easy For Quarantined patients
Right now, routine check ups on quarantined patients most likely require your doctors to be there in person. They talk with the patient about their health and help put them at ease. While there are some times when doctors will need to be in the room with these patients, many times there is no need.
Giving quarantined patients access to a medical tablet can reduce these unnecessary encounters. Your IT department simply sets up these medical tablets with restrictions on a patient’s access to them. Devices from Tangent like the T13 come equipped with a forward facing camera. Your patients can then use the tablet to perform routine telehealth appointments with their doctors and nurses.
Depending on your hospital’s device policies, these medical tablets can also serve as entertainment systems for your patients. Giving patients limited internet access, you can keep them entertained during their quarantine.
Safe With Medical Tablets
Tangent medical tablets like the T13 feature an antimicrobial enclosure. This enclosure mitigates the growth of harmful bacteria across the device’s surfaces. In conjunction with regular disinfectants, this coating can help keep your patients and doctors safe while using their medical tablets.
Doctors Benefit Too
Doctors can make use of larger medical grade computers like the M24T to access telehealth appointments with quarantined patients. The M24T features a wide, 24 inch touchscreen monitor. Doctors can view patient records on one side of their screen while chatting with patients on the other.
The M24T also comes with an optional front webcam that can take clear video of your doctors for these appointments. This medical computer is also a robust workstation that can handle all of your doctor’s medical programs with ease.
Better Workflows For Quarantined Patients
Quarantined patients have become a mainstay in hospitals since the beginning of this pandemic. Tangent medical computers can help your doctors and nurses stay in contact with your patients while remaining safe. For more information, Contact Tangent Sales today.
Your dentistry practice has no doubt gone through changes in the last year. The pandemic has updened how everyone does business. But the medical fields have been particularly touched. Dentists around the country have implemented new safety procedures to ensure their patients and staff remain safe. But what about your medical equipment? Does it promote a safe and healthy environment? Some medical grade PCs are better than others for keeping you as a dentist safe and productive.
Antimicrobial Medical Grade PCs
The pandemic has affected dentists in a much more direct way than other medical professionals. Dentistry patients must open their mouths in order to receive care, and keep them open. This can potentially lead to the spread of the virus throughout a practice. By simply breathing, patients can accidentally coat entire rooms with the virus.
While some medical grade PCs would have to remain coated throughout the day, others differ. The M24T from Tangent is IP rated for water resistance. The front panel, as well as the body of the computer, are fully washable with traditional cleaning detergents. Staff can routinely and safely clean the M24T after every patient without causing damage to the unit.
For an added layer of protection, each medical grade PC from Tangent comes equipped with an antimicrobial coating. This coating mitigates the growth of harmful bacteria across the computer’s surfaces. While this system does not reduce the spread of viruses, it can help reduce the risk of other infections in your practice.
Medical Grade PCs need to be versatile, especially in a dentistry practice. Nearly every one of Tangent’s medical computers is fully mountable on standard VESA mounts. VESA mounts are one of the most common standards currently in use, and your practice no doubt already uses this system.
Tangent has a full guide on how to mount their medical grade PCs in a variety of situations. They can even be mounted on medical arms.
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Tangent strives to help all medical professionals in their invaluable endeavors, including every dentist. No doubt your dentistry practice has adapted to this pandemic. Now is the time to not only survive, but thrive. Learn more by contacting Tangent Sales today.
There are many uses for medical PCs in the hospital. They can be used to keep track of medical records, keep track of pharmacy inventory, and help lab technicians in their work. But there isn’t always room in every hospital for a full desk setup that some medical PCs require. Tangent computers differ in this regard. Your IT team can mount these computers in nearly any situation, giving your doctors and nurses the computing power they need from anywhere in the hospital.
Why You Should Mount Your PCs
Mounting PCs isn’t just for looks. Many hospitals have had to ration not only their medical supplies during this pandemic, but also their square footage. Mounting your computers to walls eliminate the need for full desk setups, and can save valuable space. Of course, your medical PCs will need to be touchscreen in order to be usable when mounted. But nearly every medical grade computer from Tangent is fully mountable. The M24T features both a touchscreen and the ability to be mounted.
How To Mount PCs On Walls
In order to mount a PC onto a wall, you’ll need a VESA mounting system. VESA is one of the most common universal mounting standards currently used, and there are many systems to choose from. Some mounts offer the ability to turn or swivel the medical PC attached to it, offering more versatility.
Once you have found a system that meets your needs, you’re staff will need to do the following steps:
Find a location to mount your medical PCs
Use a stud finder to find the studs in the desired location
Place the mounting system over the studs and mark where your drill holes will need to be
Drill out the holes
Screw in the mount
Attach the adjoining mount plate to your computer
Affix the computer to the mount
Just like that, your hospital is outfitted with fully mounted medical computers.
How To Mount Medical PCs On Arms
Mounting your hospital’s medical PCs onto arms is just as easy. Arms can be used to move computers to many points in a room. Many arms already feature standard VESA mounting. In these cases, the installation is as easy as screwing the mounting plate onto the medical PC and then affixing the computer to the mount. In some cases, an adapter plate may be needed to convert the arm’s system to a VESA one.
Tangent: The Best Mountable PCs
Saving space doesn’t have to mean sacrificing usability. With Tangent medical PCs, doctors and nurses can fully utilised their computers from anywhere in the hospital. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
The pandemic has hit hospitals hard, and continues to do so. Doctors and nurses have had to prioritize which patients receive care in some parts of the country, rationing their supplies and time. During these times, doctors need reliable equipment that they can depend on. All-in-one medical computers help doctors and nurses multitask and use their time efficiently in the hospital.
All-In-One Medical Computers With Touchscreens
Many people assume that computers need a full setup to function. They think that a keyboard, large desk, and a mouse are all critical components to using a computer. But this doesn’t have to be the case with the right all-in-one medical computers. All-in-one computers have the distinct advantage of being fully usable without any peripherals compared to traditional computers.
Take the M24t for instance. The M24T features a robust, 24 inch touchscreen. Doctors, nurses, and medical assistants can use this touchscreen in much the same way they use their own cellphones. The M24T’s intuitive design means that it can be used without needing a large desk setup as well. A keyboard and mouse are only optional, not mandatory with this all-in-one medical computer.
The M24T can also be mounted in a variety of situations because of its design. It can be mounted to walls, robotic arms, and small desks that would not normally fit larger computers.
Antimicrobial In Nature
All-in-one medical computers from Tangent have another advantage over others: their antimicrobial coating. Every medical computer from Tangent comes equipped with a coating that mitigates the growth of harmful pathogens across its surfaces. This coating promotes a safer healthcare environment.
The touchscreens of Tangent all-in-one medical computers feature IP ratings for water resistance. This means that workers can clean them with traditional cleaning detergents commonly used in the hospital without damaging the unit.
Healthcare Made Easy With Tangent
Tangent strives to help hospitals create clean and safe working environments for doctors and nurses. Their line of all-in-one medical computers is just one way they help meet this goal. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
Medical staff typically must touch their medical grade computers In order to login to them. If multiple medical staff are using the same room, this can quickly lead to them spreading germs from one room to the next. Reducing the amount a doctor or nurse has to use a keyboard can help mitigate the spread of germs. Smart Card readers make this possible with touchless sign-in.
Medical grade computers like the T24B feature Smart Card readers that allow for easy logins. This can help doctors easily login to computers with minimal contact. For nurses, Smart Card readers allow them to witness medication use or disposal easily and safely with the potential for zero contact with a device. They can simply insert their Smart Card badge and have their witnessing recorded on your database software.
Antimicrobial Medical Grade Computers
Of course, a reduction in touching a medical grade computer doesn’t mean that it isn’t being touched at all. The fact remains that these computers are being used constantly. Tangent medical grade computers come with an antimicrobial enclosure to help reduce the risk of bacteria spread in the hospital. These antimicrobial enclosures mitigate the growth of pathogens across the medical grade computer.
In addition to these enclosures, every Tangent computer comes equipped with a fully washable touchscreen. These touchscreens reduce the amount of time your doctors need to spend on their keyboards, and can easily be cleaned with standard detergents.
RFID And Barcode Scanning Made Easy
In addition to touchless login capabilities with a Smart Card reader, some Tangent medical grade computers can make use of other touchless systems. The T13 Tablet from Tangent can be equipped with both an RFID reader and Barcode scanner. Both of these devices can be natively attached to the T13 and can help your staff with inventory management, patient information tracking, human milk workflows, and more.
Go Touchless With Tangent
Touchless systems are rapidly becoming the norm across many sectors, and it’s time for the medical industry to catch up. Tangent medical grade computers have features which promote touchless use and help create a safer hospital environment. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
The pandemic threw hospital budgets into disarray last year. Elective surgeries were cancelled, and hospitals had to make tough decisions about where to make cuts. Major equipment purchases may have been stalled or delayed. While the pandemic has continued on this year, your hospital cannot afford to delay acquiring vital new equipment like medical PCs. Medical PCs can help your hospital in more ways than you might think, and can help your hospital emerge from the pandemic on solid ground.
Medical PCs In The Pharmacy
Pharmacies are critical components of any hospital. Doctors prescribe treatments to patients, but it is ultimately the Pharmacy that delivers the medicine them. Medical grade computers can elevate the productivity of these spaces. Pharmacists can use medical grade computers to keep better track of inventory, look up drug information, and as a point-of-sale system. This three-in-one approach can reduce the amount of equipment your pharmacists need to do their job. Medical PCs like the Medix T13 even come with an optional barcode scanner and stand to help your workers do their job.
Creating A Cleaner Hospital
Medical computerss from Tangent also have a distinct advantage over other computers: their antimicrobial coating. This coating mitigates the growth of bacteria and other pathogens on the computers surface. Doctors and nurses can use a Tangent medical PC without worrying about the potential effects of cross contamination. This coating, combined with regular cleanings, can help produce a safer working environment.
Medical PCs For Electronic Health Records
Doctors and medical assistants need fast and reliable access to electronic health records. Medical computers like the M24T from Tangent features M.2 solid state drives which are exponentially faster than traditional hard drives. Because of these drives, the M24T can run and load electronic health record software at much faster speeds than other computers.
Medical Computers For Nursing Stations
Nurses need stations to do their clerical work. Sometimes however, seats and computers may be filled by other nurses. Some well placed M8 medical PCs from Tangent can solve this conundrum. M8 medical PCs have all the power and capabilities of traditional computers, in a compact form. M8 tablets can serve as spare computer for your nurses when no available desks are present.
Multipurpose Machines From Tangent
Tangent offers a variety of medical PCs designed for multiple applications throughout the hospital. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.