When people refer to their “phone” these days, it’s more than likely they mean their “smartphone.” Smartphones have become ubiquitous in our society, and are becoming increasingly necessary for everyday life. But what caused these smartphones to take over their older cousins? One of the defining features that played a large role is the humble touchscreen. Touchscreens have become a must-have for phones for the ease of use they create. As the adoption of smartphones and even tablets into the workplace have shown, touchscreens play an important role in the evolution of technology and how we use it. But what about their use in the medical field, do medical computers need touchscreens?
Why Medical Computers Need Touchscreens
Medical computers work perfectly in the medical setting. As such, we can broaden this question out a bit more and consider whether computers need touchscreens. On a smartphone, touchscreens allow for a style of control that mouses and keyboards lack: gestures.
A gesture refers to the ways in which your touch(es) can be interpreted by a touchscreen enabled phone, tablet, or computer. For instance, you’ve probably “pinched” your phone’s screen before to zoom out on a photo — that’s a type of gesture. Standard computers are also capable of zooming out on a photo, but often have dedicated buttons or keyboard shortcuts to make these functions happen. With touchscreen computers, these gestures come across as second nature to end users. Because they are routinely using touchscreens on their phones in their daily lives, the shortcuts encapsulated in their gestures come as natural.
In a literal sense, no, medical computers do not NEED touchscreens. However, when taking into consideration ease of use, efficiency and practicality, the need for touchscreen medical computers is compelling.
With touchscreen computers, staff are able to interact with computers in a much more intuitive fashion than they could do with mouse and keyboard shortcuts. This can lead to increased staff productivity.
Touchscreens are completely optional, there are no drawbacks to the user experience with the inclusion of one on a medical computer. Medical computers with touchscreens like the Medix T22B are completely capable of being used with a mouse and keyboard. Users who may be less inclined to use touchscreens can treat the screen just like any other monitor. Staff will fall into a mix of using both the touchscreen and their mouse and keyboard fluidly to accomplish tasks. Computers with touchscreens allow doctors and nurses to quickly zoom in on data or pick information cells in EHR software with just a tap.
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Cleanliness remains a top priority for hospitals everywhere. Since the introduction of handwashing into the medical field, efforts to curb disease spread in the hospital have been largely successful. Still, medical institutions must remain vigilant in their hygienic practices to ensure that the risks to patients are minimized. Hospitals need quality medical computers that help to create a safe and clean environment for both staff and patients.
Why Medical Computer Hygiene Matters
Your doctors and nurses are constantly moving from one room to the next in your hospital. Throughout their busy day, they visit numerous different patients and co-workers. While they may not directly come into contact with each other, they no doubt all use the same medical computer in any given room. These computers become a breeding ground for harmful pathogens as staff use them throughout the workday.
But not all medical computers are afflicted by this issue. Many of them feature an antimicrobial coating to help protect against microbes.
Antimicrobial Coatings Add A Layer Of Protection
An antimicrobial coating mitigates the growth of pathogens on whatever surface it is spread on. These coatings work along the same lines as naturally occurring antimicrobial materials, like copper. Antimicrobial materials interrupt a bacteria cell’s respiratory and metabolic functions. Over a brief period of time, this leads to the cell being unable to create energy and proliferate.
Medical computers like the KW15 from Tangent feature an antimicrobial coating across its surfaces. The KW15’s enclosure mitigates the growth of pathogens, which helps create a safer hospital environment overall. The cast aluminum enclosure is also built to last, and features a fanless cooling system. The KW15 also features other sanitary features, such as a washable touchscreen to help make it even more hygienic.
Washable Medical Computers
Doctors and nurses routinely wash their hands throughout a shift to minimize the risk of spreading pathogens around the hospital. Likewise, medical computers should be routinely cleaned to minimize disease transmission. Computers from Tangent feature antimicrobial enclosures to help mitigate this transmission. But they also sport IP rated touchscreens as an added layer of protection.
The Medix 22 from Tangent features an IP65 rated touchscreen that can be easily cleaned. This touchscreen can withstand standard cleaning agents without damage to the screen. Doctors and nurses can give their computers a quick cleanup before and after use. Combined with its antimicrobial layer, the Medix 22’s IP65 rated touchscreen can give medical staff peace of mind about the sanitation efforts being employed.
EN 60601-1 Certification
Among the most important features for medical grade devices is EN 60601-1 Certification. Medical tablets with the certification are shielded from Electromagnetic interference both from receiving and also from producing it. EN 60601-1 is a certification that distinguishes a medical tablet from a consumer grade medical tablet.
Medical Tablets with Antimicrobial Surfaces
When you think of tablets, you probably first think of the ones available to consumers. These tablets are designed for home use, but have increasingly found a home in the commercial and creative world. Despite their growing popularity in the workforce, they have some fatal flaws that make them a poor choice for use in the medical world. For starters, nearly all of them lack an antimicrobial enclosure.
An antimicrobial enclosure is a medical grade tablet casing that mitigates the growth of pathogens across the tablet. These coatings help reduce the spread of germs in a hospital. Traditional tablets lack these coatings, and can pose a serious risk as they are passed around from one worker to another.
Medical Tablets also feature components designed to run medical programs. The T13 from Tangent can be customized to include an Intel Core I7 Kaby Lake processor. This processor is more than fast enough to run all the electronic health records and medical programs your hospital employs with ease.
With up to 32 gigabytes of RAM, the T13 from Tangent is a multitasking machine. It can run numerous applications at once without lag. Doctors and nurses won’t have to pick and choose which programs they can run, they can simply trust that their equipment is capable of doing what is needed.
Customization Options For Medical Grade Tablets
Tangent offers a wide range of customization options for their medical grade tablets. This helps ensure that they can be a dynamic part of your hospital’s arsenal, capable of taking on multiple roles. The T13 from Tangent can be customized with different processors and amounts of RAM. Tangent’s T13 also features hot-swap batteries.
Hot-swap batteries from Tangent are removable batteries that can be replaced without interrupting a medical grade tablet while in use. Simply remove one battery, put it on an external charger, and swap out a freshly charged one to have continuous use of the tablet.
The ability to operate redundantly makes the T13 great for pop-up clinics or other non stationary applications.
The T13 features a front facing camera, RFID reader, Barcode Scanner, and much more. There are countless roles for the T13 in any hospital. Some applications can be to catalog inventory in the pharmacy, keep track of medication en route to patients, and serve as a communication device.
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Tangent’s line of medical grade tablets are designed to help keep your hospital running efficiently. For more information about Tangent’s tablet offerings, contact Tangent today.
Hospitals are dynamic workplaces. As this pandemic has shown, hospital administrators need to be willing to change up their strategies constantly. This may mean bringing on more staff at some times, or completely shifting around a hospital’s layout in others. Many hospitals have had to set up popup clinics in their parking lot during this pandemic. These clinics provide testing, vaccinations, and more. While some hospitals were prepared to create such popups, others were not. They had to use their office medical computers attached to external power generators in these outdoor clinics. This sort of situation and others can be streamlined with the use of a medical PC with removable batteries.
Why Removable Batteries Are Important In A Medical PC
Hospitals have adapted to the digital era at a breakneck pace. Over the course of the pandemic, they have transformed primary care with Telehealth, and created new methods of treatment. Nurse medical carats have seen an immense evolution. Each one is now equipped with a medical PC in order to run various programs. The medical PC has become a vital platform for these carts, allowing nurses to use a variety of tools that are plugged into it.
But one major downside to these carts using medical computers now is their reliance on battery power. A cart typically has a battery, or their medical PC does, that requires time out of service to recharge. This can effectively cut your fleet’s usable time by a third or more. But with Removable batteries that can be swapped out, your fleet of carts can enjoy 100% battery uptime. If a medical PC can store multiple batteries, a nurse can simply swap out a low one for a fresh one, and then place the low one on an external charge.
Tangent employs this hot-swap battery technology in their lineup of medical computers. A Tangent medical PC is careful to drain one battery at a time, instead of drawing from two or more simultaneously. This helps make charging simply and easy for staff.
Medical PC With Hot-Swap Batteries
The Medix T24B is one such medical PC from Tangent. The T24B comes with three Hot-Swap Batteries. These batteries can be routinely swapped out to keep the T24B running for hours. This makes it perfect for popup clinics, where it can run entirely on battery power for the entire work day.
Other medical computers like the E22B can run on a 24/7 basis thanks to its hot-swap batteries. The E22B is perfect for medical carts, and features standard VESA mounting to fit anywhere your hospital requires.
Tangent: Built To Run 24/7
Not every medical PC is built equal. Many are unable to run on a 24/7 basis without being plugged into an outlet. Tangent has designed medical computers that are up to the task of operating whenever and wherever they are needed. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
Commercial computers have found a home in offices, restaurants, and other places of business. But when it comes to the medical setting, standard computers are sorely lacking. A typical computer doesn’t have to be as sanitary as a medical computer as they are rarely in a sterile environment,. Designers create medical computers specifically for use in hospitals, with cleanliness and performance always factored into their design.
How Medical Computers Perform Better In Hospitals.
Most computers feature a fan-based cooling system. This fan constantly circulates air throughout a computer, keeping its delicate components cool enough to operate. A side effect of this is that computers quickly build up dust. Without proper maintenance, this dust can reduce a computer’s lifespan. Worse, this dust build up poses a health risk, and can harbor pathogens.
Medical computers use a fanless cooling system to prevent overheating. A medical computer like the Medix E22B from Tangent uses a passive cooling system to dissipate its heat. Because of this, it has no bulky fan to cause dust buildup. The Medix E22B is perfect for situations where dust can cause serious damage.
Antimicrobial Enclosures For Better Sanitation
Standard computers also lack one key feature that can help keep hospitals clean: an antimicrobial enclosure. Medical computers that sport antimicrobial enclosures can help promote a cleaner work environment for your staff. An antimicrobial coating is present on these computers which mitigates the growth of harmful pathogens across the computer’s surfaces.
Not only are medical computers Antimicrobial, they can also be water resistant. The M24T from Tangent features an IP-rated water resistant touchscreen. The front panel of the M24T is IP65 rated as well as washable with standard cleaning agents. With both an antimicrobial enclosure and water resistance, medical computers are built to be clean and promote a safer hospital.
Medical Computers: Unmatched Performance
One of the biggest struggles with using standard PCs is their lack of power. Small commercial computers are lacking in many areas. Their CPUs handle easy-to-run office programs, but not much else. Their storage may make use of an SSD, but most likely uses a slower disk-based HDD. Because they don’t have a high amount of RAM, they are unable to multitask effectively.
Medical computers are designed to alleviate these issues. The T22B from Tangent features a robust Intel processor capable of handling the medical programs your doctors rely on. It utilizes a NVMe SSD, which can run up to 35 times faster than traditional HDD systems. Best of all, the T22B can fit up to 32 GB of RAM, allowing your doctors to run numerous programs at once. With these fast components, the T22B will be able to service your staff today and tomorrow.
Tangent: Trusted And Relied On
When it comes to outfitting your hospital with the latest technology, Tangent medical computers are unparalleled. Their robust cleanliness features and lightning fast components make them the perfect choice for any hospital. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
As the computing needs of hospitals have evolved, so have medical computers. The difference between medical computers and standard computers has only grown in recent years. Whereas before medical facilities could manage with standard computers, now such decisions only hold them back. Medical computers have become integral in healthcare for a number of reasons. They can help reduce workplace hazards like tripping, scale back the maintenance time required on medical carts, and much more.
How Computer Cords Can Be A Workplace Hazard
Reducing hazards to patients and staff is one of the foremost considerations in healthcare environments. While they may seem trivial, falls are one hazard that can cause harm in the hospital. In fact, The National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) directly addresses fall prevention as a necessary factor to combat health care-associated harms. An effective fall prevention program includes environmental measures to combat falls, such as reducing the number of cords on a room’s floor.
There are a number of ways that computer cords can cause issues in the hospital:
- Most computers need a long extension cords, creating potential tripping hazards
- Multiple cords plugged into one outlet can become a potential fire hazard
- A plug can accidentally become unplugged, causing important patient information to become lost or corrupted
Medical Computers With Hot-Swap Batteries For Medical Carts
While traditional computers rely on power cords to function, some medical computers do not. Medical computers like the T24B from Tangent can hold up to 3 high capacity lithium ion battery cells inside its casing. The T24B only needs one battery to operate, allowing workers to charge the other two on the multi cell charging dock. With two batteries inside of it, the T24B will seamlessly switch from the one to the other when the first runs out of power. The unit will also activate a low-battery LED light, letting workers know it is time to swap out the batteries.
Although most hospitals have emergency electrical generators, they don’t always offer uninterrupted power. In the case of an outage, most computers will power off until the electricity is back online as provided by the on-site generator. The T24B won’t suffer from these hiccups. It’s built-in operational battery packs will keep this system alive whether it’s plugged in via the AC direct power adapter or operating off its batteries.
Power Anywhere And On The Move
The T24B Medical computer can recharge its batteries via the provided AC adapter or its built-in battery ports. During the pandemic, hospitals have set up outdoor screening tents and relied on small portable gas generators to power up their medical carts and EHR computers. Hospitals can eliminate the need for independent generators with medical computers like the T24B. A medical computer with these batteries can run for up to 30 hours.
Hot-swap battery ready medical computers also eliminate the need for powered medical carts. Powered medical carts can cost your IT department both time and money in upfront costs and maintenance. With Tangent, when the time comes to replace a battery, all your IT department will need to do is call Tangent for a warranty replacement — there’s no need to dig out old manuals. There’s no need to ship out a large medical cart, and there’s no downtime either; just divide up your other battery cells until the new one arrives.
Medical Computers: Built Better
Our cart-ready medical computers run the same software and use the same processors and components of most mini PCs and small computers that are traditionally mounted on carts — but the similarity stops there. Tangent medical computers are designed to not just be mounted anywhere, but specifically in the medical setting. There are many features that are unique to medical computers that cannot be found in traditional computers:
- Military grade components
- Capacitors designed to not leak
- Power supplies made for 24/7 usage
- Antimicrobial housing to reduce the spread of germs
- Touchscreens that are washable
- Specialized WiFi card to accommodate roaming in the hospital
- IP65/66 sealed for water and dust
- Fanless operation
- VESA mountable
- Built-in NFC, barcode and smart card login for Imprivata and patient IDs
- Legacy ports and custom ports for medical equipment
Medical Computers: Built For Healthcare And Medical Carts
Tangent medical computers offer hospitals a way to get the computing power they need, without the hassle and maintenance that traditional computers require. Tangent’s California-based team of technical support specialists is always ready to assist your hospital in the rare event that service is needed. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
As the years go by, computers of all kinds only seem to get faster. Computing trends have largely followed Moore’s Law, which states that the transistor density of processors doubles every two years. In non-technical terms, this generally means that computers should double in speed in the same time period. But one of the consequences of Moore’s law is that every two years, your medical PCs are effectively half as fast. While it may seem like your older computers have gotten slower with time because of their age, another explanation is that the software used on them is designed for newer systems with faster processors.
While you can’t always outrun Moore’s Law, an increasing number of experts think the rule of thumb is coming to an end. The rate at which processors are advancing is slowing down, while other components of computers are gaining ground. Because of this, it is possible to plan ahead by supplying your hospital with medical PCs that have state-of-the-art processors as well as large amounts of RAM. Doing this can help ensure that your medical grade PCs work both today and tomorrow.
Why RAM Matters In A Medical PC
If you are not familiar with RAM, that’s alright — most people are not. RAM stands for Random Access Memory. Think of it as a slush fund of computer memory. When you open say, your hospital’s electronic health records program, a copy of the program is stored on the RAM. This keeps the program in a dedicated space where the processor can access it. The more RAM your medical PC has, the more programs it can run at once.
Medical programs today are being designed with all ranges of RAM in mind. However, as the tail-end of older computers are retired, the average amount of RAM expected in a computer is increasing. While 4 GB of RAM was more than enough a few years ago, now 8 GBshould be the bare minimum considered. Even simple web browsers can eat up a large portion of a computer’s RAM.
Medical PCs With Large Amounts Of RAM
While it may be tempting to get medical PCs with only the minimum requirements to run software, they most likely will not be able to handle the programs of the future. M24T can sport up to 32 GB of RAM. It can run numerous medical programs, web browsers, and admin systems all at once without strain.
Similarly, the E24B from Tangent can also support up to 32 GB of RAM. Both medical PCs feature Intel processors as well as lightning fast SSDs, making them the perfect computers to lurch your hospital into the future.
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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.
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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.