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.
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 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
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.
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.
Hospitals are sites of constant innovation. Over the course of the pandemic, doctors and nurses have made do with what they had, fashioning PPE out of plastic bags and making the most of their situation. Now that vaccines are widely available, and we are on the other end of the delta variant surge, now is the time to start thinking about the equipment they’ll carry into the future. Doctors and nurses shouldn’t have to worry about old equipment, or a lack thereof. They deserve quality equipment that they can depend on. If that’s not reason enough, here are four more reasons why your hospital should incorporate new equipment like medical tablets.
Free Up Desk Space
Your facilities team has no doubt had to switch around your hospital’s layout over the course of the pandemic. Perhaps even multiple times. In these change ups, some employees may have lost their working space. Or maybe their workflow is such that they rarely have time to sit at their desk at all.
Medical tablets like the T13 can help doctors and nurses do their work while on the move, without needing a desk. The T13 is a full medical PC in a small, portable package. It has the power to run standard medical programs while still being light enough to carry.
Antimicrobial Medical Tablets
While hygiene was always an important part of any hospital’s success, it became the top priority during the pandemic. Hygienic standards were crucial to keeping hospital staff safe. Going forward, the threat imposed by nosocomial infections will re-emerge as a potential issue for hospitals.
The T13 features an antimicrobial coating which can help reduce the chance of nosocomial infections spreading throughout the hospital. This coating mitigates the growth of harmful bacteria across the tablet’s surfaces, helping to keep your hospital sanitary.
24/7 U.S. Based Technical Support
In an emergency, the last thing your doctors will want to do is spend crucial minutes on hold, trying to call for critical technical support. Tangent offers a robust, 24/7 technical support service for all of their medical tablets. This service is available at any time, for any issue large or small.
Our agents are based in the United States, and will be able to understand the problems your team is having with extreme accuracy. With constant availability, your hospital’s medical tablets will be back in fighting shape in the rare chance there is an issue with them.
Hot-Swap Battery Ready Medical Tablets
Your doctors are on their feet for a large majority of their shift. Just as they can’t always be at their desk to use their medical computers, they can’t hang around an outlet and wait for their medical tablet to charge.
Tangent’s T13 comes with the option for hot-swap batteries. These batteries can be charged on a separate dock from the T13, and can be switched out with ease. This way, your doctor’s medical tablets will always be ready for use.
Improved Your Hospital With Tangent
Now is the time to upgrade your hospital’s equipment. There are many reasons to do so, but one stands out above the rest: ensuring your doctors have the equipment they need. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
The top priority of any hospital is ensuring the health and safety of patients. The complications of the pandemic have made this mission that much more difficult. Doctors and nurses don personal protective gear each and every time they see a quarantined patient. While effective, this approach to caring for quarantine patients leaves room for human error. Reducing the amount of time medical staff spend with sick patients can reduce the risk associated. There are telehealth options that can help keep your quarantined patients in constant contact with their doctors, without putting either party in harm’s way.
Telehealth Made Easy For Quarantined patients
Right now, routine check ups on quarantined patients most likely require your doctors to be there in person. They talk with the patient about their health and help put them at ease. While there are some times when doctors will need to be in the room with these patients, many times there is no need.
Giving quarantined patients access to a medical tablet can reduce these unnecessary encounters. Your IT department simply sets up these medical tablets with restrictions on a patient’s access to them. Devices from Tangent like the T13 come equipped with a forward facing camera. Your patients can then use the tablet to perform routine telehealth appointments with their doctors and nurses.
Depending on your hospital’s device policies, these medical tablets can also serve as entertainment systems for your patients. Giving patients limited internet access, you can keep them entertained during their quarantine.
Safe With Medical Tablets
Tangent medical tablets like the T13 feature an antimicrobial enclosure. This enclosure mitigates the growth of harmful bacteria across the device’s surfaces. In conjunction with regular disinfectants, this coating can help keep your patients and doctors safe while using their medical tablets.
Doctors Benefit Too
Doctors can make use of larger medical grade computers like the M24T to access telehealth appointments with quarantined patients. The M24T features a wide, 24 inch touchscreen monitor. Doctors can view patient records on one side of their screen while chatting with patients on the other.
The M24T also comes with an optional front webcam that can take clear video of your doctors for these appointments. This medical computer is also a robust workstation that can handle all of your doctor’s medical programs with ease.
Better Workflows For Quarantined Patients
Quarantined patients have become a mainstay in hospitals since the beginning of this pandemic. Tangent medical computers can help your doctors and nurses stay in contact with your patients while remaining safe. For more information, Contact Tangent Sales today.
Your dentistry practice has no doubt gone through changes in the last year. The pandemic has updened how everyone does business. But the medical fields have been particularly touched. Dentists around the country have implemented new safety procedures to ensure their patients and staff remain safe. But what about your medical equipment? Does it promote a safe and healthy environment? Some medical grade PCs are better than others for keeping you as a dentist safe and productive.
Antimicrobial Medical Grade PCs
The pandemic has affected dentists in a much more direct way than other medical professionals. Dentistry patients must open their mouths in order to receive care, and keep them open. This can potentially lead to the spread of the virus throughout a practice. By simply breathing, patients can accidentally coat entire rooms with the virus.
While some medical grade PCs would have to remain coated throughout the day, others differ. The M24T from Tangent is IP rated for water resistance. The front panel, as well as the body of the computer, are fully washable with traditional cleaning detergents. Staff can routinely and safely clean the M24T after every patient without causing damage to the unit.
For an added layer of protection, each medical grade PC from Tangent comes equipped with an antimicrobial coating. This coating mitigates the growth of harmful bacteria across the computer’s surfaces. While this system does not reduce the spread of viruses, it can help reduce the risk of other infections in your practice.
Medical Grade PCs need to be versatile, especially in a dentistry practice. Nearly every one of Tangent’s medical computers is fully mountable on standard VESA mounts. VESA mounts are one of the most common standards currently in use, and your practice no doubt already uses this system.
Tangent has a full guide on how to mount their medical grade PCs in a variety of situations. They can even be mounted on medical arms.
Upgrade With Tangent
Tangent strives to help all medical professionals in their invaluable endeavors, including every dentist. No doubt your dentistry practice has adapted to this pandemic. Now is the time to not only survive, but thrive. Learn more by contacting Tangent Sales today.
The pandemic has hit hospitals hard, and continues to do so. Doctors and nurses have had to prioritize which patients receive care in some parts of the country, rationing their supplies and time. During these times, doctors need reliable equipment that they can depend on. All-in-one medical computers help doctors and nurses multitask and use their time efficiently in the hospital.
All-In-One Medical Computers With Touchscreens
Many people assume that computers need a full setup to function. They think that a keyboard, large desk, and a mouse are all critical components to using a computer. But this doesn’t have to be the case with the right all-in-one medical computers. All-in-one computers have the distinct advantage of being fully usable without any peripherals compared to traditional computers.
Take the M24t for instance. The M24T features a robust, 24 inch touchscreen. Doctors, nurses, and medical assistants can use this touchscreen in much the same way they use their own cellphones. The M24T’s intuitive design means that it can be used without needing a large desk setup as well. A keyboard and mouse are only optional, not mandatory with this all-in-one medical computer.
The M24T can also be mounted in a variety of situations because of its design. It can be mounted to walls, robotic arms, and small desks that would not normally fit larger computers.
Antimicrobial In Nature
All-in-one medical computers from Tangent have another advantage over others: their antimicrobial coating. Every medical computer from Tangent comes equipped with a coating that mitigates the growth of harmful pathogens across its surfaces. This coating promotes a safer healthcare environment.
The touchscreens of Tangent all-in-one medical computers feature IP ratings for water resistance. This means that workers can clean them with traditional cleaning detergents commonly used in the hospital without damaging the unit.
Healthcare Made Easy With Tangent
Tangent strives to help hospitals create clean and safe working environments for doctors and nurses. Their line of all-in-one medical computers is just one way they help meet this goal. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
Medical staff typically must touch their medical grade computers In order to login to them. If multiple medical staff are using the same room, this can quickly lead to them spreading germs from one room to the next. Reducing the amount a doctor or nurse has to use a keyboard can help mitigate the spread of germs. Smart Card readers make this possible with touchless sign-in.
Medical grade computers like the T24B feature Smart Card readers that allow for easy logins. This can help doctors easily login to computers with minimal contact. For nurses, Smart Card readers allow them to witness medication use or disposal easily and safely with the potential for zero contact with a device. They can simply insert their Smart Card badge and have their witnessing recorded on your database software.
Antimicrobial Medical Grade Computers
Of course, a reduction in touching a medical grade computer doesn’t mean that it isn’t being touched at all. The fact remains that these computers are being used constantly. Tangent medical grade computers come with an antimicrobial enclosure to help reduce the risk of bacteria spread in the hospital. These antimicrobial enclosures mitigate the growth of pathogens across the medical grade computer.
In addition to these enclosures, every Tangent computer comes equipped with a fully washable touchscreen. These touchscreens reduce the amount of time your doctors need to spend on their keyboards, and can easily be cleaned with standard detergents.
RFID And Barcode Scanning Made Easy
In addition to touchless login capabilities with a Smart Card reader, some Tangent medical grade computers can make use of other touchless systems. The T13 Tablet from Tangent can be equipped with both an RFID reader and Barcode scanner. Both of these devices can be natively attached to the T13 and can help your staff with inventory management, patient information tracking, human milk workflows, and more.
Go Touchless With Tangent
Touchless systems are rapidly becoming the norm across many sectors, and it’s time for the medical industry to catch up. Tangent medical grade computers have features which promote touchless use and help create a safer hospital environment. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
The pandemic threw hospital budgets into disarray last year. Elective surgeries were cancelled, and hospitals had to make tough decisions about where to make cuts. Major equipment purchases may have been stalled or delayed. While the pandemic has continued on this year, your hospital cannot afford to delay acquiring vital new equipment like medical PCs. Medical PCs can help your hospital in more ways than you might think, and can help your hospital emerge from the pandemic on solid ground.
Medical PCs In The Pharmacy
Pharmacies are critical components of any hospital. Doctors prescribe treatments to patients, but it is ultimately the Pharmacy that delivers the medicine them. Medical grade computers can elevate the productivity of these spaces. Pharmacists can use medical grade computers to keep better track of inventory, look up drug information, and as a point-of-sale system. This three-in-one approach can reduce the amount of equipment your pharmacists need to do their job. Medical PCs like the Medix T13 even come with an optional barcode scanner and stand to help your workers do their job.
Creating A Cleaner Hospital
Medical computerss from Tangent also have a distinct advantage over other computers: their antimicrobial coating. This coating mitigates the growth of bacteria and other pathogens on the computers surface. Doctors and nurses can use a Tangent medical PC without worrying about the potential effects of cross contamination. This coating, combined with regular cleanings, can help produce a safer working environment.
Medical PCs For Electronic Health Records
Doctors and medical assistants need fast and reliable access to electronic health records. Medical computers like the M24T from Tangent features M.2 solid state drives which are exponentially faster than traditional hard drives. Because of these drives, the M24T can run and load electronic health record software at much faster speeds than other computers.
Medical Computers For Nursing Stations
Nurses need stations to do their clerical work. Sometimes however, seats and computers may be filled by other nurses. Some well placed M8 medical PCs from Tangent can solve this conundrum. M8 medical PCs have all the power and capabilities of traditional computers, in a compact form. M8 tablets can serve as spare computer for your nurses when no available desks are present.
Multipurpose Machines From Tangent
Tangent offers a variety of medical PCs designed for multiple applications throughout the hospital. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.
Hospitals have dealt with a variety of new problems in the last few years. Worsening natural disasters and the pandemic have changed the healthcare landscape. Hospitals can no longer rely on many of the protocols that have kept them afloat in the past. They have had to adapt to these new challenges, creating new and improved workflows and procedures. However, their equipment may still be lacking. New medical grade PCs can help your hospital in both the present and future.
E24B: Built For The Best And Worst Case Scenarios
Natural disasters like Hurricane Ida are becoming more frequent. In New Orleans, the only people with power after the storm were those with generators. Hospitals in this area have been preparing for Hurricanes since the devastation of Katrina, with some even designing their hospitals’ first floor to be able to flood without damaging essential services. Generators play an important role in these preparations as well, but can only provide so much power for so long.
Medical grade PCs like the E24B can help alleviate the power consumption of your hospital while on generator power. The E24B comes equipped with three hot-swap batteries. Together, these batteries allow the E24B to run on a 24/7 basis when regularly swapped out. These batteries can also serve as a backup power solution during blackouts, keeping the medical grade PC running without straining your hospital’s grid.
M24T: Fast And Safe
Hospitals have had to up their sanitary game in the last year. Regular cleanings of all common areas have become more frequent, alongside an increased use in hand sanitizer. But what about the equipment your staff works with on a daily basis? Is every surface being cleaned as much as it should be?
Medical grade PCs like the M24T from Tangent are fully sanitizable. They feature IP ratings for water and dust resistance and can be cleaned with standard detergents to promote hygiene. On top of this, the M24T and all other medical grade PCs from Tangent features an antimicrobial enclosure. This enclosure mitigates the growth of bacteria across the computer’s surface, promoting a safer environment.
C24 Medical Grade PCs: Mountable Anywhere
The many rooms of a hospital each come with their own limits and restrictions. Some are big and can handle a full desk or medical grade PC setup, others not so much. Medical grade PCs like the C24 from Tangent are designed to be mounted in a variety of situations. The C24 features standard VESA mounting and can be placed on medical crash carts, nursing carts, wall mounts, arm, or desk with ease. The C24 Is perfect as a versatile computer that needs to move around a room constantly.
Tangent: The Best Medical Grade PCs
When looking for quality equipment that your doctors can depend on, look no further than Tangent. Tangent offers 24/7, U.S. based technical support for all of their medical grade PCs on top of their expansive warranty. For more information, contact Tangent Sales today.