How To Better Use Your Medical Grade Computer

How To Prevent Critical Electronic Health Records Mistakes

There’s no doubt that medical grade computers have made hospitals safer, more productive environments to treat patients. From their antimicrobial coating which mitigates the growth of nosocomial infection causing bacteria to their robust IP certified water resistance, medical grade computers have made a lasting impact on the quality of care provided to patients.

 

Sadly, the same cannot always be said about the software running on these devices. The misuse of medical software such as Electronic Health Records (EHR) can lead to shockingly wrong results. While neither the fault of the software or medical grade computer, mishaps by untrained medical staff using such tools can lead to dangerous outcomes. Here are a few tips to help medical staff prevent errors while using software on their medical grade computers.

 

Be Aware Of Default Settings On Your Electronic Health Record Program

Every EHR program running on a medical grade computer is different, but many have the same features. One similarity that goes unnoticed is their use of default settings and inputs for entry fields. Just like how a website may have a random date filled in for your birthday when signing up, some EHR programs have default numbers filled in for various entry fields. A default drug measurement setting may be present on your EHR program, either by the software provider or your IT department. Make sure that both you and your medical staff are aware of this , as it is entirely possible that they assume the default measurement is correct, and accidentally mis-prescribe a patient.

 

In addition, an unclear medication list present on your EHR program can similarly lead to mis-prescriptions. Medication lists that are hard to read, uninformative, or lack dosing information can lead to medical staff assuming that they are prescribing the correct dosage while in fact doing the opposite. 

 

Train Your Medical Staff Rigorously

EHR programs running on medical grade computers are meant to aid physicians and medical staff, not harm them. While there are problems with these programs, they come from a lack of knowledge and training surrounding the programs. Educate your staff on the presence of default drug measurements, and have your IT department update the default setting to a nonviable integer (such as 0) if possible. Creating a detailed medication list that is both informative and easy to read can also greatly improve EHR usability on medical grade computers. Above all, make sure your staff is regularly refreshed on how to use their EHR program and medical grade computer to their full potential.

 

Avoid Critical Mistakes

Mistakes in the hospital carry consequences not seen in any other sector, and should be avoided at all costs. Making sure that your medical staff is trained to the fullest extent on the use of EHR programs is crucial to providing quality care to patients. Medical technology has always been a force for good, and it is important to treat EHR programs as the medical tools that they are.

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Waterproof Computers – Tangent Waterproof Computers

Not every computer is created equal, and not every computer is able to handle the harsh environments present in the industrial setting. With oil production on the rise in the United States, keeping your refineries and drilling platforms operating is crucial to staying competitive. At Tangent, we have created a full line of waterproof computers, waterproof tablets, and waterproof monitors that are not only perfect for industrial use, but can withstand the wet environments found in oil production.

Tangent S Series 19"
Tangent S Series 19″

The IP rating scale is used to determine the ability of an enclosure to mitigate both dust and liquid intrusion. Dust and particle contamination resistance is listed on a scale of one to six, while liquid resistance is rated on a scale from one to nine. A typical IP rating combines the two numbers, with dust resistance first and water resistance following. Tangent waterproof computers like those found in the S Series sport an impressive IP69k rating, and are resistant to water bursts as well as dust intrusion. This allows the S Series waterproof computers to work in facilities where water or liquid messes are a fact of life. What’s more, the S Series can operate outdoors, and with standard VESA mounting can be fitted to nearly any wall surface. The all-in-one nature of the S Series means that no keyboard or mouse is required to use it, simply mount it and it is ready to go.

R14
Tangent R14

Mechanics and Engineers can’t be expected to sit in an airconditioned office all day, and neither should their computers. Waterproof tablets like the Tangent R14 offer workers the capabilities of their workstation on the move. With an IP65 rated enclosure and extreme operating temperature range, the R14 can accompany workers in nearly any environment whether that be on a floating platform or in the desert.

Medix KW Series
Medix KW Series

Every single one of Tangent’s waterproof computers features a touchscreen waterproof monitor that can be used by workers whether their hands are clean or dirty. Workers can have ease of mind knowing that their workflow does not have to be interrupted due to their hands being a little dirty. Tangent’s waterproof computers, like the VITA KW can be cleaned long after the job is done simply by wiping the screen. Their IP rated waterproof monitors allow them to be cleaned with traditional cleaning supplies, unlike finicky commercial monitors.

 

There are many ways to use waterproof computers, and not a single one of them is wrong. If you think that waterproof computers could benefit your workplace in ways that traditional computers cannot, you are more than welcome to contact our sales team at sales@tangent.com. We can help you determine how waterproof computers, waterproof tablets, and waterproof monitors can fit into your worksite in ways traditional computers simply cannot.