Is Your Hospital Prepared For A Surge In Infections?

Is Your Hospital Prepared For A Surge In Infections?

As of Feb. 13, the total number of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in the United States has reached 15. The overall total number of infected individuals has reached 60,000, with a staggering 5,000 new cases added just last week in the midst of new guidelines for defining the infection. While the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is low, is the U.S. healthcare system ready for the potential of a surge of Coronavirus cases?

Experts are split on the U.S. capability to ward off the virus, “No one is ready for a worst case-scenario for a really bad, lethal, fast-moving pandemic,” says bioterrorism and biosafety expert Dr. Tara O’Toole in an interview with NPR. With this in mind, how should healthcare facilities plan for the potential outbreak of Coronavirus in the United States?

Increase Hospital And Staff Sanitation Efforts

While every hospital staff member should be regularly washing their hands, now is an important time to remind them that the practice can reduce the risk of certain infections by as much as 50%. Germs can easily spread from one staff member to another via their use of medical computers. That is, unless they are medical computers from Tangent. Medical computers from Tangent come with an antimicrobial coating. This antimicrobial coating enables the medical computer to kill pathogens it comes into contact with. Medical computers from Tangent are a great second line of defense against the Coronavirus, in addition to regular handwashing.

Utilize Antimicrobial Sprays

While replacing your medical computers with medical computers from Tangent solves the long term problem of disease causing pathogens, Tangent also offers short term solutions as well. SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray from Tangent contains the same antimicrobial formula used in Tangent’s lineup of medical computers and medical panel PCs. Unlike traditional cleaning sprays and wipes which kill bacteria and viruses once, SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray from Tangent applies an antimicrobial coating which can last for up to 90 days.

This EPA approved formula works wonders not only on medical panel PCs like the Medix C19 from Tangent, but also on nearly every surface. From nonporous surfaces to porous surfaces, SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray can give your hospital’s surfaces the same protection as your medical panel PCs.

Be Informed And Stay Alert

Replacing your medical computers with medical panel PCs from Tangent is a great way to help reduce the risk of infections in your hospital. But when it comes to the Coronavirus, updating your hospital to the latest medical panel PC technology is only step one. It is important to keep your hospital staff and patients in the loop on developments on the Coronavirus. Regularly email your staff on their medical panel PCs about developments in both the Coronavirus, and medical efforts to contain it.

Be Prepared With Tangent

From Tangent’s lineup of medical panel PCs to our EPA approved SmartShield™ Antimicrobial Spray, Tangent is committed to keeping your healthcare facility safe.

Around the clock urgent in the hospital demands medical grade pcs for 24/7 use

Medical All-In-One PCs for 24/7 Use

As one of the most trusted public services, healthcare facilities have an obligation to serve those in their community. Health emergencies can happen at any time, and as such hospitals are expected to be open 24/7. While medical staff can be shifted so that the hospital is constantly staffed and prepared for emergencies, the same cannot be said about the equipment they employ. Ensuring that your hospital has technology capable of being used on a 24/7 basis is crucial to providing quality healthcare to those in your community.

How To Keep Your Medical Carts Running 24/7

Medical carts with medical computers are one of the most important facets of any hospital. Medical carts with medical computers are capable of turning a stationary piece of medical equipment into a mobile workstation for use in multiple rooms of a hospital. However, medical carts with medical computers have one downfall: they need to be decommissioned regularly for charging. Medical carts can spend hours every day plugged into the wall instead of helping patients. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With medical computers from Tangent, your medical carts can operate on a 24/7 basis. Medical computers like the E24B from Tangent utilize hot-swap battery technology. While one battery is in use, two others can be charging. When the in-use battery gets low, simply insert another battery into one of the other two battery ports and the medical computer is completely recharge, all without being turned off!

Medix E24B From Tangent
                   Medix E24B From Tangent

Medical All-In-One PCs

Another way to ensure your facility’s medical computers are able to operate 24/7 is to make sure they are medical all-in-one PCs. Medical all-on-one PCs are medical grade computers where the entire computer contained behind their touchscreen. That means that medical all-in-one PCs like the Medix C19 from Tangent do not require mice or keyboards to operate. In addition, medical all-in-one PCs have the least amount of moving parts possible, driving down the amount of maintenance necessary substantially. Medical all-in-one PCs also can feature hot-swap battery technology, allowing them to be moved from one room to another without being unplugged and turned off. In an emergency, medical all-in-one PCs can also make use of their UPS battery backups to ensure that life-saving care can continue even without external power.

Medix C19 From Tangent
           Medix C19 From Tangent

24/7 U.S. Based Technical Support for Medical All-In-One PCs

Just like how your hospital operates 24/7, Tangent’s U.S. based technical support team is available 24/7. Tangent’s trained technical support operatives are knowledgeable about all tangent medical computer and medical all-in-one PC products. With remote assist tools, advance exchange services, and image pre-loading, Tangent’s U.S. based technical support team will find a solution to your issue. 

Medical Computers From Tangent: Built For 24/7 Use

Hospitals are designed to run around the clock, and the computers they employ should be too. Medical computers from Tangent are built to be used 24/7, ensuring your hospital provides the quality care your patients depend on, day and night.

 

Medical computers by Tangent are also Antimicrobial computers

The Importance Of Antimicrobial Medical PCs

We all like to think of hospitals as places in society where people go to get healthier, and for the most part this is true. However, this is not always the case as hospitals can inadvertently become breeding grounds for harmful diseases. The CDC estimates that each and every day, 1 in 31 hospitals will see a healthcare-associated infection (HAI).

Coinciding with a decrease in the viability of antibiotics, HAIs can turn hospitals into hazardous areas for those who are prone to infection. Often, these same individuals are the ones most in need of a hospital’s services. So what can be done?

Antimicrobial Computers Offer A Compelling Solution

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to HAIs, antimicrobial computers offer one way to minimize the risk of such infections from occurring. Antimicrobial computers are medical computers that are coated with an antimicrobial treatment. This coating causes the medical computer to be deadly to harmful bacteria, much like how the natural properties of copper make the metal germ-phobic. Typically, every medical computer is an antimicrobial computer, but it is important to check beforehand if this is the case. Luckily, at Tangent all of our medical computers are antimicrobial computers and UL60601-Certified.

Are Antimicrobial Computers Safe?

Antimicrobial computers are not only safe, they are some of the safest medical computers out there. Their antimicrobial coating prevents bacteria from breeding and growing on the medical computer’s surface without being harmful to doctors and patients. Antimicrobial computers are perfectly safe to touch, which is one of the reasons why Tangent’s lineup of medical grade computers are all touchscreen enabled. This allows doctors to use these antimicrobial computers without worrying about the bacteria on their hands. Unlike computers reliant on mice and keyboards, antimicrobial medical computers will not become breeding grounds for bacteria.

Are Antimicrobial Computers Easy To Clean?

Not only are antimicrobial computers easy to clean, they are built to be cleaned! While other computers and computer monitors require specialty cleaning agents in order to not be damaged, antimicrobial medical computers are able to be cleaned with traditional cleaning supplies. Regular cleaning does not remove the antimicrobial coating either, ensuring that these medical computers last well past their warranty. What’s more, antimicrobial computers mitigate the growth of harmful bacteria on their surface, meaning that with a cleaning they become nearly germ free.

Antimicrobial Computers: Reduce Your HAIs

If reducing the amount of HAIs in your hospital is a priority, then antimicrobial medical computers may be the solution you are looking for. These advanced medical computers come in various sizes and styles, and can quickly and easily become an indispensable tool for your facility.

 

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The Importance Of Digital Health Records

In no other field is staying on the edge of technology as important as it is in the medical field. Each day, new advances in medical technology are helping people live longer, happier lives. While some technology can assist in diagnosing, patient care, or even surgery, we should not overlook the clerical side of technology that is making hospital paperwork far more efficient. 

 

According to a study commissioned by Phillips on future health, 80% of medical professionals have shared information electronically and 76% utilize digital health records (DHRs) on their medical grade PCs. However, despite this large DHR utilization, only 57% report that having full access to a patient’s DHR has positively impacted them. With the disparity between these two statistics, it’s important to address the lack of enthusiasm surrounding the widespread implementation of DHR use.

 

Ditch The Pen And Paper

While DHRs are quickly becoming the de facto method of patient information storage, sometimes vital information is left out unintentionally. When doctors take pen and paper notes, or rely on scribes to take notes for them, they create valuable insight into a patient’s life. What they eat, their allergies, their daily routines; all things that can directly affect their health. However, there is no guarantee that these hard copy notes will ever be digitized, and potentially life saving details can be left out of the DHR. Encourage your medical staff to fully utilize their medical grade PC when taking notes to ensure that all patient information is digitized. Many medical grade PCs and medical panel PCs come equipped with a front facing camera, so in the event a staff member does write down crucial information, it can be easily added to the patient’s DHR.

 

Easy Information Access

While professional medical staff may find DHRs easy to use when they have them, they may be off put by how difficult they are to find. Medical panel PCs with smartcard readers and RFID technology can rectify this problem by allowing professional medical staff to safely and securely store the pathing to patient information, without having to worry about memorizing the correct way to get to the patient’s information. The same smartcard technology can be used to allow professional medical staff to login to their medical panel PC or medical grade PC without having to remember a long and complex password, saving them from a potential headache and call to I.T. The RFID technology utilized by medical grade PC’s can also be used to track medical equipment that is shuffled around the hospital, allowing for every item to be accounted for.

 

Ease Of Access

It’s no secret that some people are averse to technology, but that does not mean we can’t make them more comfortable with it in the workplace. Medical panel PCs are medical grade PCs that feature a sleek, all in one design. That means that they can function as fully fledged medical grade PCs without needing a bulky tower, keyboard, mouse, or separate monitor. Simply plug them in, and they are good to go. The simplicity of medical panel PCs’ design and their robust features such as smartcard readers and RFID technology means that they are sure to raise professional medical staff’s mood towards the digital side of their job. Medical grade PCs are built for the medical world, and can make medical staff’s use of DHRs far more positive.

medical panel PC

Give Your Patients The Face-To-Face Time They Need

Face-To-Face: The Patient’s Preference

It almost goes without saying that as social creatures, people love talking to people. But in today’s modern world, machines and automation are taking the human element out of many sectors of the economy, leading people to feel isolated from the institutions they rely upon. Nowhere else is this as pronounced as in the medical field, where doctor time spent with patients in primary care visits has dropped a whopping 18% in a mere four years. Technology, while at the crux of this crisis, also lends us a solution in the form of Medical Panel PCs.

 

What Is A Medical Panel PC?

A medical panel PC is a type of medical grade computer, that unlike standard desktop computers, can help increase the number of times doctors spend face-to-face with their patients. Typical desktop computers are bulky, sitting under a desk collecting dust and rely upon external hardware such as mice, keyboards, and monitors to function. Medical panel PCs, like the Medix M24T from Tangent are just the opposite, featuring a sleek design and utilizing a built-in touchscreen to function. Because of this medical grade computer’s all-in-one design, the Medix M24T requires no peripherals and can stand alone.

 

Medical Panel PCs: Built To Connect

Medical Panel PCs may be sleeker and easier to operate than traditional desktop PCs, but where they really shine is in their ability to help doctors maintain a personable connection with patients. Medical computers like the E22B from Tangent have a front-facing 5 Mega Pixel camera that allows for a variety of uses. Doctors can take quick photos of patient’s areas of concern for later diagnosis, or use the medical grade computer’s camera to easily digitize notes. The high-quality camera can even be used for video calling, allowing doctors to have a face-to-face appointment remotely. The possibilities of using a front-facing camera to better connect with patients are limitless.

 

Give Patients The Personable Experience They Want

People want to be able to connect with people, and while it is not always possible for doctors to physically meet with patients, there are still avenues for them to enjoy a face-to-face connection. Medical panel PCs are a great way to restore doctor-patient relationships while also embracing the benefits of technology.

Medical Grade Computer

Medical PCs for Cloud Applications

The biggest trend in patient care and work efficiency has certainly been the introduction of mobile devices for health care providers. According to reports published in 2017, nearly 80 percent of physicians use mobile devices for tasks like transferring patient records. It’s long been a challenge for the healthcare industry to adopt mobile devices because of compliance, audit, and IT security requirements, but more and more organizations are now able to securely offer them to their workforce. However handy mobile devices may be, a medical professional can  still only do so much work on them. At some point, they arrive at their office and need to see the same applications and data on a larger screen. Companies like Tangent have made great strides in providing cross-platform solutions that can allow users to move from one work device to another and maintain the same access to their applications in a virtualized environment.

Medical LCD Touchscreen Monitor

Whether a healthcare organization decides to achieve virtualization with thin clients, web clients, or virtual machines, Tangent supplements those efforts by providing medical grade touchscreen monitors and touchscreen all-in-one panel PC solutions to best complete a health professional’s setup. Offered in 15″, 21″, or 24″ sizes, Tangent’s medical LCD touchscreen monitor features a 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen display and optional DICOM support for reading radiologists. It is IEC 60601-1-2 certified to be compliant with CDC guidelines for environmental infection control, has an antimicrobial treated casing, and is at an IP65 level of protection against ingress of water or contaminants. It’s perfect for use around patients and with thin clients connected to a  farm or industrial mini PCs that are running virtual desktops. The medical touchscreen monitor also has optional anti-glare film for privacy which is important for protecting a patient’s personal health information from passers-by. 

Medical Panel PC
C24 Medical Panel PC

Medical companies looking to connect to their cloud applications via the web will need a powerful PC solution that also protects patients and staff against infection. Tangent’s C24 24” medical panel PC may look strikingly like the aforementioned touchscreen monitor, but it is truly an all-in-one solution. The C24 still has the PCAP multi-touch screen, an IP65 front panel, and an antimicrobial surface, but the touchscreen panel PC also features an Intel 6th Gen Core i5 or i7 processor, a multitude of I/O ports, and an optional UPS battery for continued work capability in case of power outages. With up to 32GB of memory, this machine will allow medical staff to multitask on several internet windows and run resource-heavy applications without a worry of slowness or crashing. Tangent’s medical touchscreen monitors and PCs are an ideal pairing with virtualized, remote, or cloud applications in order to support a growing mobile workforce.