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.
Build A Better Patient Care Portal With Tangent
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.
Improved Your Hospital With Tangent
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.
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.
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.
Hospitals have dealt with a variety of new problems in the last few years. Worsening natural disasters and the pandemic have changed the healthcare landscape. Hospitals can no longer rely on many of the protocols that have kept them afloat in the past. They have had to adapt to these new challenges, creating new and improved workflows and procedures. However, their equipment may still be lacking. New medical grade PCs can help your hospital in both the present and future.
E24B: Built For The Best And Worst Case Scenarios
Natural disasters like Hurricane Ida are becoming more frequent. In New Orleans, the only people with power after the storm were those with generators. Hospitals in this area have been preparing for Hurricanes since the devastation of Katrina, with some even designing their hospitals’ first floor to be able to flood without damaging essential services. Generators play an important role in these preparations as well, but can only provide so much power for so long.
Medical grade PCs like the E24B can help alleviate the power consumption of your hospital while on generator power. The E24B comes equipped with three hot-swap batteries. Together, these batteries allow the E24B to run on a 24/7 basis when regularly swapped out. These batteries can also serve as a backup power solution during blackouts, keeping the medical grade PC running without straining your hospital’s grid.
M24T: Fast And Safe
Hospitals have had to up their sanitary game in the last year. Regular cleanings of all common areas have become more frequent, alongside an increased use in hand sanitizer. But what about the equipment your staff works with on a daily basis? Is every surface being cleaned as much as it should be?
Medical grade PCs like the M24T from Tangent are fully sanitizable. They feature IP ratings for water and dust resistance and can be cleaned with standard detergents to promote hygiene. On top of this, the M24T and all other medical grade PCs from Tangent features an antimicrobial enclosure. This enclosure mitigates the growth of bacteria across the computer’s surface, promoting a safer environment.
C24 Medical Grade PCs: Mountable Anywhere
The many rooms of a hospital each come with their own limits and restrictions. Some are big and can handle a full desk or medical grade PC setup, others not so much. Medical grade PCs like the C24 from Tangent are designed to be mounted in a variety of situations. The C24 features standard VESA mounting and can be placed on medical crash carts, nursing carts, wall mounts, arm, or desk with ease. The C24 Is perfect as a versatile computer that needs to move around a room constantly.
Tangent: The Best Medical Grade PCs
When looking for quality equipment that your doctors can depend on, look no further than Tangent. Tangent offers 24/7, U.S. based technical support for all of their medical grade PCs on top of their expansive warranty. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
How does your hospital handle patient check-ins? Often hospitals rely on medical assistants or front desk attendants to check patients in. Simple check-ins do not require taking up these worker’s time. Self-service Kiosks that utilize medical computers can help your hospital automate patient check-ins, leaving your medical staff with more time to answer patient questions, perform clerical work, and more.
Easy Patient Check-In
Self-service kiosks that use medical computers can help your patients easily and safely check-in for appointments. Using your hospital’s choice of software, your patients simply access the kiosk and enter their identifying information. The kiosk then pulls up their medical appointment information, books them in, and gives them instructions on where to go. These kiosks can also help patients by answering simple questions.
Self-service kiosks that utilize Tangent medical computers have the added benefit of having an antimicrobial enclosure. This enclosure mitigates the growth of bacteria on the medical computer’s surfaces, creating a safer and cleaner environment.
Support Kiosks In Key Areas
Social distancing is as important as ever. Self-service kiosks reduce the amount of contact that your medical staff makes with patients. This includes areas like waiting rooms, where patients wait for their appointments. Instead of having a nurse or medical assistant on call to answer questions, a support self-service kiosk can aid patients in their questions. These kiosks can also display estimated waiting times, the latest news from your hospital, or general health tips.
Medical computers like the T13 from Tangent are perfect for these sorts of self-service kiosks. The T13 comes with an optional docking station so that it can stand in high-traffic areas easily.
Vendor Check-In With Self-Service Kiosks
Just like your patients, vendors can also check into your hospital using self-service kiosks. This can eliminate any potential contact between vendors and your medical staff. Delivery personnel can simply arrive at the hospital, check-in, and perform their assigned tasks.
Automate With Tangent
Healthcare has been forever changed by this pandemic in a number of ways. Make sure that your hospital is adapted to the times and continues to provide safe access to your patients. Learn more by contacting Tangent Sales today.
There are plenty of tasks for doctors to complete on any given day. From routine checkups to making their rounds, there is no telling how a day’s duties will transform from one moment to another. Doctors perform in a wide variety of situations, and need tools that reflect this. Tangent medical computers are built for multitasking and can help your doctors throughout their entire work day.
M24T: Wide Screen For Multiple Applications
There are many times when doctors will need to use multiple applications while multitasking. Having a widescreen allows them to do so while still seeing all the information they need. The M24T from Tangent features a 24 inch screen that can display multiple medical applications with ease. It also features an Intel 8th generation processor that can run these programs without lagging the computer. Ample memory also allows for background processes to run without affecting the program your doctor primarily uses.
T13: Multitasking On The Move
A doctor’s duties can take them all throughout the hospital during a shift. They need a medical computer that can keep up with the fast-paced reality of their job. The T13 medical computer tablet is just that. The T13 features an easy-carry handle and is drop-rated for standard falls. Doctors can check medical records, send emails, or receive test results from anywhere within the hospital. Their T13 can also act as a diagnostic tool when plugged into medical equipment and is able to function as a standard medical computer.
Medix KW Series: Many Sizes For Many Uses
Hospital rooms come in all shapes and sizes. The amount of space that can be dedicated to a medical computer setup can vary widely. The Medix KW Series comes in 15, 19, and 22 inch models. All of these medical computers feature lightning fast components that allow your doctors to perform multitasking efficiently, while making sure to fit in any room. The KW series has 3 Built-in serial ports as well as a camera, giving doctors the ability to run multiple medical hardware at once.
Make Multitasking Easy With Tangent
When your doctors need to multitask, they need tools capable of transitioning between tasks on a dime. Medical computers from Tangent are built to be used in nearly every hospital environment. Learn more by contacting Tangent Sales today.