Customizable Medical Grade Tablets

Medical Tablets

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. 

Customize Your Hospital With Tangent

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.

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Medical Grade Computers For VESA Mounting Systems

This pandemic has taught hospitals a number of lessons. They have had to be resourceful with PPE, adapt to ever-changing guidelines, and always be ready to accept change. Above all, your hospital has learned to be efficient with its resources. Standardization exists to aid in efficiency. Needles sizes come in certain standards, as do surgeon scalpels. One area that you may not associate with standardization is your computer monitor’s mount. Nearly all mounting systems are VESA mounts, but not every computer is compatible with these systems. Medical grade computers should be VESA compliant to avoid unneeded adapters, maintenance, and cut down on inefficiencies.   

What Is Vesa Mounting?

The VESA Mounting Interface Standard, which is also referred to as the Flat Display Mounting Interface, is a collection of standards that applies to wall mounts. Specifically, VESA standards encompass the mounting of panel monitors, televisions, and other digital displays on walls or mounts of any variety. The standard was created in 1997 and has seen widespread adoption for its ease of use and rigid design. VESA mounting is used in nearly every industry, as well as in homes everywhere. It is one of the most common mounting standards. Even for mounts that are not VESA compliant, many adapters exist to ensure that they are always compatible.

The benefit of using medical grade computers that are VESA compliant is their ability to function right out of the box. Therefore your IT team will not have to worry about finding adapters to mount the computers onto your existing desk and wall mounts. Being VESA compliant also ensures that spare parts are always readily available from a variety of sources, and cuts down on the amount of inventory your IT needs in spare parts. Having all of your medical grade computers use VESA mounting keeps things organized and easily understood by all staff.

Tangent medical grade computers are VESA compliant, and can be mounted on a variety of different systems. They all feature four threaded holes in the correct rectangular pattern to be mounted on movable arms, desks, walls, and medical carts.

Medical Grade Computers That Are VESA Compliant

E22B and E24B from Tangent: built for emergency room use Medical PC
E24B from Tangent

Medical Grade Computers like the E22B from Tangent feature VESA mounting systems. The E22B also has a full touchscreen. Therefore doctors and nurses can use the E22B while it is mounted to a wall, without needing a mouse or keyboard. It can be used in small offices or spaces where a full desk is not practical. It can also serve on mounted arms, allowing doctors to place the computer wherever they need.

Tangent: Efficiency at Its Finest 

Standardization has been used throughout the industrial and digital era to make systems and processes more efficient. Keep your hospital running smoothly and maintenance issues down by using VESA compliant medical grade computers. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

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Medical PC With Removable Batteries

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

Medix T24B

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.

E22B and E24B from Tangent: built for emergency room use Medical PC
E24B from Tangent

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.

Medical Grade PCs With New And Legacy Ports

Medical Grade Computers With New And Legacy Ports

The medical grade computers of today look a lot different from their predecessors. They are smaller, faster, and more hygienic than earlier computers. While you have probably noticed most of these changes, there is one subtle area that is easy to forget: input and output ports. Input and output ports, shortened as IO ports, have changed dramatically in the last 20 years. USB ports and cables have taken over as the dominant method to transfer data. However, many devices still use legacy ports, such as serial ports. These serial ports support many medical devices that hospitals continue to rely on.

What Are Serial Ports?

Serial ports work in much the same way that standard USB ports do today from a functional perspective. Serial ports can be used to connect printers, PC peripherals, and legacy medical devices to medical grade computers. From a technical perspective however, they differ drastically.

The term “serial ports” actually refers to a collection of different standard ports, much like how there are different versions of USB in use today. These ports are also referred to as COM ports, however this term actually refers to the software mark for reading the hardware port itself.  Three COM port standards were widely used, with the most common being the RS-232 version. This version is sometimes also referred to as RS-485/422. 

Do Medical Grade Computers Still Need RS-232 Ports?

RS-232 ports were once widely used for data transfer between devices. As USB took over serial communication ports, RS-232 ports were removed from motherboards to make room for them. Likewise, devices switched over to USB cables to better connect to new medical grade computers. 

While the transition to faster USB largely made sense, in some niche areas it did not. Medical devices that were meant to last for years were built with COM ports in mind. These devices are still compatible with modern medical grade computers in every other regard, but required adapters. 

While adapters are certainly fine for most applications, they can become a hassle when they inevitably become lost. As adapters require USB ports, there’s a good chance that doctors will have to unplug them when not using their legacy devices. Before long, doctors lose these adapters, giving IT more headaches.

Medical Grade Computers With Serial Ports

Not every medical grade computer company stopped including these ports, however. Many Tangent medical computers still come with legacy ports like RS-232. The Medix T-24B comes equipped with 4 DB9 serial ports standard. Doctors can make use of up to four legacy medical devices at once, without needing to keep track of a variety of dongles to do so. 

The KW Series from Tangent also features 2 RJ48 Serial ports for legacy devices as well. With a wide range of IO ports to choose from, Tangent’s lineup of medical grade computers has something for every medical device.

Keeping Legacy Equipment Online

Tangent medical grade computers are built with the reality of hospitals in mind. Sometimes your doctors and nurses will use older equipment that functions fine on a routine basis. Tangent’s computers are designed to keep this legacy equipment functional, and your hospital moving. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

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Medical Computers: The Tech Devices Hospitals Rely On

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.

E22B and E24B from Tangent: built for emergency room use Medical PC
E24B from Tangent

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. 

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M24T Medical Computer

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.

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Tangent Medix T22B Medical Computers

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.

medical computers with built in nfc readers

Medical Computers With NFC Readers

Wireless communication is playing an increasingly important role in Healthcare. From doctors transitioning away from pagers to smartphones, to their increasing reliance on email communications: hospitals rely on wireless communication. But one area of wireless communications that is easy to look over is near-field communication (NFC). These devices allow your doctors, nurses, and medical staff to easily and safely perform routine tasks in the blink of an eye. With medical computers that have NFC readers, your hospital can take full advantage of NFC devices — without needing a mountain of adapters and dongles.

What Is NFC?

NFC enabled devices can be us3ed for digital payments, sign-ins, and more

NFC is a type of communication protocol that allows for two electronic devices within 4 centimeters to communicate. This technology also falls into the broader RFID scope, which encompasses many types of communication protocols of various lengths and capabilities. These devices specifically however are designed for situations where one device “taps” another. You may have a debit card or smartphone capable of making payments with a simple tap — that is made possible by NFC technology.

NFC Applications In Healthcare

There are many different applications for NFC tag technology. We’ve already gone over their use for payments, but they have many other uses as well. In the medical field, tags can be used for a number of applications:

  • Building Access: tags can be used as “keys” in order to access sensitive rooms, keep the public out of specific areas, and keep medicine cabinets locked. tags can also track specific entries and exits made by tag holders.
  • Digital Access: tags can be used by doctors and medical staff to access various levels of digital information. For example, electronic health records can be kept behind a digital wall, made accessible only by medical staff with the proper clearance level on their tag.
  • Smart Patient IDs: Patient wristbands can be equipped with tags for better tracking and monitoring. On-call nurses can easily scan these wristbands to get a quick list of a patient’s allergies, dietary restrictions, and more.

Best Medical Computers With Built-In NFC Readers

Medix T24B

Tangent offers a number of medical computers with a wide range of RFID, Smart Card, and NFC capabilities. The T24B from Tangent comes with an optional NFC reader that can handle all of your digital reading needs. On top of these, the T24B also comes equipped with an optional RFID and Smart Card reader, covering all of the close-communication bases.

Tangent: Connect Better

Tangent strives to create technology that hospitals can not only use today, but also well into the future. NFC readers have become widely adopted in the healthcare industry, and their applications are near limitless. Medical computers from Tangent that feature these readers can help your hospital stay connected. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

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Medical Computers VS Standard PCs For Medical Carts

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.

Medix T24B For Medical Carts

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:

  1. Military grade components
  2. Capacitors designed to not leak
  3. Power supplies made for 24/7 usage
  4. Antimicrobial housing to reduce the spread of germs
  5. Touchscreens that are washable
  6. Specialized WiFi card to accommodate roaming in the hospital
  7. IP65/66 sealed for water and dust
  8. Fanless operation
  9. VESA mountable
  10. Built-in NFC, barcode and smart card login for Imprivata and patient IDs
  11. 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.

CYBERSECURITY for hospitals

Hospital Cybersecurity: Why It Matters

Hospitals have come to rely heavily on their medical computer infrastructure. Everything from billing information to patient medical histories are stored on digital devices. These devices have made the task of record keeping much easier for your workers. But they also make it much easier for criminals to access sensitive information. Hackers have taken to targeting businesses of every size, with no leeway given to vital industries such as healthcare. One slip-up can lock your workers out of their computers for days. This can cost your hospital a fortune, and create a PR nightmare. Hospitals need to focus on increasing their cybersecurity in order to avoid help being targeted for these attacks.

Ransomware Hacks Are Only Increasing

Ransomware attacks rose by an astonishing 62% from 2019 to 2020. These attacks don’t just target the industrial sector, they have their eyes on hospitals as well. According to Dean Sittig, PhD, professor of biomedical informatics at the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHealth in Houston, “Cybercriminals try every hospital, every day; every computer, multiple times a day.”

These attacks work by targeting your employees, vulnerabilities in your medical computer system, or a combination of the two. Once they gain access to your system, they lock all of your files through encryption. They promise to unlock them once given a bounty. Hospitals pay these bounties in crypto currency. This leaves little hope of tracing the transaction and holding the cybercriminals accountable.

In 2019, a ransomware attack against a hospital locked staff out of their computers, causing them to miss early warning signs that ultimately led to the tragic death of an infant. These sorts of stories will only become more common as the ease at which hacks can occur as well as their payouts increase.

What Are Cybersecurity Authorities Doing?

After a cyber attack that took out a major U.S. oil pipeline, the federal government began taking ransomware attacks more seriously. As of now, the Biden administration has taken preliminary steps to address the crisis. These include encouraging more businesses to report attacks. Biden also met with 30 countries to address the issue. While concrete actions are still sparse, there are steps hospitals can take in the meantime to help fend off would-be attackers.

What Your Hospital Can Do To Ward Off Cyber Attacks

Here are some things your hospital can do to help stay safe:

  • Have mandatory cybersecurity training with staff that covers the basics of phishing
  • Limit internet access in your building
  • Have a cybersecurity consultant on retainer 
  • Keep all medical computers updated with the latest software updates
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Tangent M24T Medical Computer

One of the major ways hackers can access systems is through computers with old, outdated software. The longer a piece of software has been out, the more time hackers have had to exploit it. New medical computers like the M24T have the latest versions of windows installed directly on them, which can help prevent cyber attacks. Tangent has a full lineup of medical computers built to help hospitals in their medical work, as well as being fully updated. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

Medical Computers With Over 8GB Of Ram

Medical PCs With Large Amounts Of RAM

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.

E22B and E24B from Tangent: built for emergency room use Medical PC
E24B from Tangent

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.

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M24T Medical Computer

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.

Upgrade Today And Save Tomorrow

Tangent wants to help hospitals with not just their computing problems of the present, but also those of the future. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.

Medical Computers Why Hospitals Need Them

Medical Computers: Why Hospitals Need Them

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.

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Tangent M24T Medical Computer

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. 

E22B and E24B from Tangent: built for emergency room use Medical PC
E24B from Tangent

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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