When people refer to their “phone” these days, it’s more than likely they mean their “smartphone.” Smartphones have become ubiquitous in our society, and are becoming increasingly necessary for everyday life. But what caused these smartphones to take over their older cousins? One of the defining features that played a large role is the humble touchscreen. Touchscreens have become a must-have for phones for the ease of use they create. As the adoption of smartphones and even tablets into the workplace have shown, touchscreens play an important role in the evolution of technology and how we use it. But what about their use in the medical field, do medical computers need touchscreens?
Why Medical Computers Need Touchscreens
Medical computers work perfectly in the medical setting. As such, we can broaden this question out a bit more and consider whether computers need touchscreens. On a smartphone, touchscreens allow for a style of control that mouses and keyboards lack: gestures.
A gesture refers to the ways in which your touch(es) can be interpreted by a touchscreen enabled phone, tablet, or computer. For instance, you’ve probably “pinched” your phone’s screen before to zoom out on a photo — that’s a type of gesture. Standard computers are also capable of zooming out on a photo, but often have dedicated buttons or keyboard shortcuts to make these functions happen. With touchscreen computers, these gestures come across as second nature to end users. Because they are routinely using touchscreens on their phones in their daily lives, the shortcuts encapsulated in their gestures come as natural.
In a literal sense, no, medical computers do not NEED touchscreens. However, when taking into consideration ease of use, efficiency and practicality, the need for touchscreen medical computers is compelling.
With touchscreen computers, staff are able to interact with computers in a much more intuitive fashion than they could do with mouse and keyboard shortcuts. This can lead to increased staff productivity.
Touchscreens are completely optional, there are no drawbacks to the user experience with the inclusion of one on a medical computer. Medical computers with touchscreens like the Medix T22B are completely capable of being used with a mouse and keyboard. Users who may be less inclined to use touchscreens can treat the screen just like any other monitor. Staff will fall into a mix of using both the touchscreen and their mouse and keyboard fluidly to accomplish tasks. Computers with touchscreens allow doctors and nurses to quickly zoom in on data or pick information cells in EHR software with just a tap.
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Gen Z is hitting the workforce in increasing numbers, taking their intimate knowledge of smartphones and computers with them. By selecting medical computers with touchscreens for your hospital, you are helping improve the way your medical staff can perform their job. 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.
With the United States having administered over 100 million vaccines, an end to the pandemic is not only within sight but actively being approached. The response to this crisis has fallen largely on our nation’s hospitals, who have consistently provided their communities with the quality medical care they need. Hospitals need to remain vigilant during these waning days, and to that end Tangent is here to provide the equipment they need. Finding the right tool for the job can be challenging, but sometimes the right tool is a multifunctional one. Medical Computers offer hospitals a number of solutions in one package, here’s just a few of them.
Medication witnessing is a necessary step in medicine handling that promotes safe use. But this process can be a laborious challenge, often requiring medical professionals to remember a list of complicated passwords and login credentials. Tangent medical computers like the Medix 22 offer a simple yet elegant solution with MedWitness. MedWitness allows doctors, nurses, and medical assistants to use just their badge to witness medication disposal. A multiband RFID reader allows for multiple badges to be used at once, and helps streamline your hospital’s clerical work.
While the pandemic may be winding down, telehealth appointments certainly are not. Almost 70% of telehealth users enjoy the service, and with a year’s worth of appointments, patients are sure to continue wanting this virtual service. Medical computers from Tangent have been built with telemedicine in mind for years. They feature high-clarity front-facing cameras and crisp microphones that help doctors develop personal relationships with their patients, despite the digital divide.
Medical computers from Tangent also are perfect for remote monitoring situations, where patients need to routinely check in with their doctors.
24/7 Medical Carts
Medical carts are a crucial part of the medical sphere, allowing doctors and nurses rapid access to equipment. But one of the major downsides to these carts is that they need to be charged. Rotating through entire medical carts can be costly and time consuming. Tangent has solved this issue by creating medical computers with removable, swappable batteries. This hot-swap battery technology allows medical computers like the E24B from Tangent to operate on a 24/7 basis without needing to be plugged in.
Keeping Doctors Informed
Keeping your doctors informed while in the hospital can be a challenge. Doctors still rely on pages to have vital information given to them, wherever they may be in the hospital. But these devices can lack specific details that could potentially be life saving. With medical tablets from Tangent, this is no longer the case. Medical tablets like the M8 allow doctors to receive updates like patient charts, emergency notifications, and more from anywhere in the hospital.
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Tangent offers a variety of medical computers that are specialized for medical care, yet nearly universal in their applications. Contact Tangent today for more information on multifunctional medical computers.
The winter surge of infections is clearly coming to an end, with infections consistently trending downwards in the last few weeks. With vaccines being rolled out, and U.S. estimates suggesting that every American will be vaccinated by the summer, the end of this pandemic is within sight. However, until every American is vaccinated and variants of the virus are fully curtailed, the U.S. medical system needs to remain vigilant against the pandemic.
Doctors and nurses need the right equipment to keep patients safe during these times. Equipment that can allow them to adapt to any circumstance or hospitalization rate in the hospital, and medical grade tablets are just that.
Medical Grade Tablets: Built For Adapting
The pandemic has proven that hospitals need to be extremely flexible, and capable of handling surges of patients previously unseen. One of the ways that hospitals have adapted is the widespread adoption of telehealth appointments on medical computers. Telehealth appointments have allowed doctors to virtually meet with their most at-risk patients without putting them in harm’s way. These appointments also save both doctors and patients time, allowing both parties more time to focus on other tasks.
Medical tablets bolster the time saving benefits offered by telehealth appointments. With medical grade tablets like the T-13 from Tangent, doctors can respond to emails, pages, and more from anywhere in the hospital. Doctors can effectively prepare themselves for telehealth appointments from their medical tablet with ease, transitioning into these appointments seamlessly with the T-13’s powerful front-facing camera.
Medical Grade Tablets: Safe And Secure
Tangent knows that patient privacy is a top priority for hospitals, and has designed their medical tablets accordingly. In addition to meeting all privacy requirements, Tangent medical grade tablets also come equipped with the Medication Witnessing technology, MedWitness. MedWitness allows medical professionals to use their medical grade tablets to witness medication usage and disposal easily and securely. MedWitness integrates directly into your hospital’s clinical workflow, and is compatible with Cerner Millennium® and integrated with Imprivata Confirm ID™.
MedWitness allows medical professionals to securely use their badges for this process, without needing multiple complex passwords, saving them valuable time.
Medical grade tablets from tangent are also equipped with hot-swappable batteries. These swappable batteries allow tablets like the T-13 to run on a nearly 24/7 basis, without needing to be plugged into an outlet.
Tangent Medical Grade Tablets: Upgrade Your Hospital Today
Doctors and nurses have been relying on their medical grade computers throughout this pandemic. Medical tablets give your medical professionals the same power seen in their medical computers, but in a sleek and mobile package. Learn more about Tangent’s lineup of medical grade tablets today by Contacting Tangent Sales.
While case numbers fall and plateau in some areas of the United States, the ongoing pandemic is still ravaging the country. ICU capacity is beginning to increase in some areas, but many remain close to or at 0%. Hospitals and emergency services need to use this small reprieve to boost their capacities for another potential surge in cases. With medical grade computers, hospitals can be prepared for surges in case numbers and emergency situations.
Medical Grade Computers For Emergency Care
When it comes to medical grade computers, reliability is everything. In the field or in the ICU, your patients need the most reliable medical computers around to ensure their wellbeing. That’s why at Tangent, we build our medical computers to be as reliable as possible. Each of Tangent’s medical grade computers are designed to last. With IP rated front panels that can withstand regular washings, Tangent medical grade computers can thrive in any hospital environment.
Medical grade computers like the M24T from Tangent also feature fanless cooling systems. Without fans, Tangent medical grade computers can operate for longer periods of time without needing maintenance. What’s more, Tangent’s fanless medical computers can help restrict airflow in the hospital and help keep infection risks to a minimum.Tangent’s medical computers also come with antimicrobial coatings for an extra layer of protection. This coating mitigates the growth of harmful pathogens on the surface of the medical computer, allowing doctors and nurses greater ease of mind when using them.
Tangent’s commitment to the health of patients everywhere extends past simply delivering our medical computers to hospitals. We back out medical computers with extensive warranties that can cover them for three and a half years. In addition, Tangent offers comprehensive and U.S. based customer support for our products on a 24/7 basis. No matter when or where you need help, Tangent has you and your hospital’s back.
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While there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long drive ahead of us. Tangent wants to help your hospital succeed during these trying times, and has the technology to do just that. Contact an expert at Tangent Sales today for more information.
Medical AI Tools are rapidly becoming mainstream features in hospitals, especially during this pandemic. These tools can help doctors make diagnosis, or simply advise them on treatment plans. Recently, the Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, proposed permanently ending FDA oversight on certain medical AI tools. Azar is recommending the end to this oversight in part because there are few complaints against Medical AI Tools. But is this truly the case?
Medical AI Tools During The Pandemic
Like many procedures, FDA oversight has looked very different during the pandemic. Many medical products and tools that regularly receive oversight have been granted emergency approval, including PPE and Medical AI Tools.
But due to the nature of using Medical AI Tools, the lack of complaints against them should not be taken at face value. Doctors will use Medical AI Tools to help guide them to making a diagnosis, and thus patients will only hear from their doctors about their diagnosis. There is rarely time where a patient will directly know about, or form opinions on Medical AI Tools.
Should Hospitals Use Medical AI Tools If They Do Not Have Oversight?
The question of whether or not certain Medical AI Tools will receive oversight is still up in the air. Ultimately, the decision will fall upon the incoming Biden Administration, who will have the final say. Currently, the proposal includes 91 products, including PPE, that can potentially receive exemption from oversight.
With Medical AI Tools, oversight may be something that hospitals would want to see remain the standard. Medical AI Tools have been found to cause hospitals to become worse at detecting illnesses like breast cancer. Research has found that some breast imaging software has not improved certain hospitals’s ability to detect breast cancer.
However, it’s worth noting that this particular software came out in 1998. Medical AI Tools, and AI in general, are becoming more advanced with each passing day. With this in mind, alleviating pressure on certain Medical AI Tools to be constantly overseen may help bolster medical innovation.
In either case, Medical AI Tools have found themselves to be indispensable in the hospital, and during this pandemic. The FDA has previously admitted Medical AI Tools emergency-use status for the pandemic, showing how critical these tools have become. With or without oversight, Medical AI Tools will continue to be used in the hospital, and your hospital should be ready.
Running Medical AI Tools takes a powerful computer, and Tangent has a large selection to choose from. From the widescreen M24T medical computer to the blackout-resistant E24B, Tangent has your computing needs covered. Contact Tangent’s Medical Computer department today to speak with an expert on how to effectively set up Medical AI Tools in your hospital.
While vaccinations have begun across the world, it will take months for the ramifications of these injections to have an effect. Until then, the pandemic is still on, and currently more threatening than ever. A recent CNN article dove into the hospitals of L.A. County in California, and gave first hand accounts of the crisis unfolding there.
One top County health official said that they were on “brink of catastrophe.” as of December 31, 21,449 Covid-19 patients were in hospital beds in California, with 4,500 in ICU beds. CNN reports that L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti said, “We are still going to have our toughest and darkest days, it’s so critical we change our behavior.”
The picture in California is grim, and can easily be painted across the entire nation in the coming months. Hospitals around the country need to prepare now for a situation like California’s to happen in their own backyard. With the new, intensely-more infectious U.K. virus variant being detected in the United States, a rise in cases seems unavoidable.
Meeting Surging Hospitalizations
The name of the game is preparation, and Tangent is here to help. While it may seem like medical grade computers are not a good way of preparing for surging hospitalizations, this could not be further from the truth. Medical grade computers like the M24T from Tangent free up doctor’s time, and allows them to see more patients in small time frames.
Medical grade computers by Tangent are lightning fast, and designed for rapid use. With them, doctors can do their clerical work faster and easier by using their adaptive touchscreens. Telehealth appointments can be done quickly and safely without doctors needing to waste time fumbling with older computers.
What’s more: Tangent’s full lineup of medical computers are antimicrobial. Their enclosures have been treated to mitigate the growth of harmful bacteria on all surfaces. Combined with IP rated water resistant touch screens that can easily be sanitized, Tangent medical computers are designed to be an aid in medical settings.
Meet The Pandemic Head-On With Tangent
This pandemic has forced hospitals to make difficult decisions and adapt on the fly. Tangent understands the concerns of hospitals and how to help them get through this challenging period. With Tangent medical computers by your doctors’ sides, they can feel safe and confident in the days ahead. Contact Tangent Sales today For more information.
As the holiday season approaches, hospitals around the country are not feeling the season’s cheer. 0% ICU capacity in Los Angeles is a grim picture that may be painted in other parts of the country after the holiday season, as the Thanksgiving bump in cases may repeat itself. Already, airports are reporting the number of travelers has grown to pre-Thanksgiving levels, showing that yet another holiday bump may be on the horizon.
How can hospitals prepare for another large surge in cases when they are already at capacity? Stretching resources, and utilizing medical computers may be one solution. But which medical computers are the best for hospitals during this pivotal moment? Medical computers that not only meet, but exceed medical standards.
Meeting and Exceeding Medical Standards
When it comes to creating the perfect medical computers for hospitals, Tangent has pulled out all of the stops. Tangent medical computers meet all federal standards for medical devices and are UL-60601 certified. But Tangent has gone further.
Each of Tangent’s touchscreen medical computers comes with a fully flush IP65 rated water resistant front panel. This allows each Tangent medical computer, like the M24T, to be easily and safely cleaned.
But that’s not all. Tangent’s medical computers are designed to be helpful in the hospital, not harmful. To ensure this, Tangent’s medical grade computers come with antimicrobial casings. These casings mitigate the growth of harmful pathogens on their surfaces, meaning that doctors and nurses can use these computers without worrying about potentially spreading pathogens to coworkers. In addition to regular cleaning, Tangent’s antimicrobial enclosures help keep hospitals safe.
Tangent Medical Computers: As Fast As Your Hospital
When used in the hospital, medical computers need to be as fast as your doctors and nurses. This fact is more important than ever, when each and every second of your medical staff’s time is so crucial. Tangent medical computers are built to keep your doctors moving. With large amounts of RAM, storage, and cutting edge Intel processors, Tangent medical grade computers can handle numerous medical programs with ease and speed. When your doctors need to use a medical computer, make sure they don’t have to wait longer than needed with Tangent.
Tangent: Here To Help
Tangent medical computers are designed and built to help hospitals. Part of Tangent’s design philosophy has always been to exceed medical standards, and our lineup of medical grade computers is proof of this. Let Tangent help your hospital get through these trying times with the latest and best medical computers. Contact Tangent Sales Today for more information.
It’s no secret that telehealth has become a vital part of medical care across the country. As the pandemic continues to worsen, hospitals are seeing staffing shortages. Telehealth on medical computers helps fill in the gaps left by staffing shortages, allowing doctors to see more patients in a day than would typically be possible. The American Medical Association has called for the pandemic-related waivers that make telehealth possible to be expanded with the recently introduced Telehealth Modernization Act.
But it’s not just traditional medical appointments that benefit from being transformed into telehealth appointments on medical computers. Therapy and mental health appointments can — and have — also greatly benefit from being done on telehealth enabled devices.
Therapy Appointments Using Telehealth
The Harvard Business Review recently took a look at the pros and cons of therapy and psychiatry appointments via telehealth. Here’s what they found,
“The payoff can be huge: a cascade of improvements to EHRs, integration of digital clinical data and collateral information, a data-driven approach to clinical decision-making, more tailored clinical monitoring and responsiveness, and a sustainable model for personalized care at scale.”
When telehealth on medical computers becomes normalized, the success of therapy appointments on the whole can be greatly expanded.
Efficient Appoints Using Telehealth
One of the main drawbacks to physical appointments is their length. Patients must check-in, be roomed, and screened by medical assistants. This process occurs on the hospital’s time, and requires rooms be made available to patients even before they are being treated. Furthermore, during this pandemic, these rooms can be used for other vital work or even transformed into additional ICU space.
With medical computers, doctors can use their office to virtually “room” scores of patients in a single day. Patients can fill out forms and be screened on their own time, and doctors can see one patient after another without clogging up the hospital’s supply of rooms.
Furthermore, at-risk patients that have underlying diseases in addition to their mental illnesses do not have to be put in harm’s way by entering the actual hospital. They can remain safe at their homes, and doctors likewise do not have to come into contact with more people than is absolutely necessary.
Medical grade computers from Tangent, in addition to being built for Telehealth, are antimicrobial. This means that their casing mitigates the growth of harmful pathogens on its surface, keeping your doctors safer while they do their vital work.
Tangent: Here To Help With Telehealth
Tangent medical computers are custom built for telehealth applications, and can help your doctors virtually meet with more patients than ever. When resources are stretched thin, your hospital can rely on Tangent to fill in the gaps. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.
The U.S. is continuing to set new records for case numbers nearly every day, and the third wave of this pandemic seems to be in full swing. Hospitals around the country are preparing for numbers to continue to skyrocket, as the full effect of the holiday season has yet to be seen as the L.A. Times reports that this may only be the beginning of the ‘Thanksgiving bump.’ Hospitals around the country need to prepare for even more cases, and consequently more hospitalizations, in the coming days. Some hospitals have found ways to stretch their resources to meet the demands of this pandemic.
ABC27 News recently talked with several hospitals about what they are doing to increase the capacity of their facilities. According to the article, Penn State Health is planning on converting recovery rooms and short-stay units into treatment areas to meet rising hospitalization in a move to increase their capacity beyond their 170 ICU beds.
Other hospitals in the area, like UPMC, have added nearly 200 nurses in the past week to ensure patients have the care they need. In addition, UPMC has expanded its telemedicine capabilities to ensure patients can access vital care.
Telemedicine is one way that hospitals can virtually increase their capacity without using up valuable hospital space. Telemedicine allows patients to virtually connect with their doctors via medicals computers for appointments and checkups. Often, these appointments are quicker and easier for both patients and doctors, saving medical professionals valuable time to treat more patients. In a time when every resource, including time, is stretched thin, telemedicine on medical computers allows doctors to work with more patients at once.
While staffing shortages continue to affect hospitals around the country, telemedicine can be a vital tool in allowing your current staff to treat as many patients as possible. Tangent is committed to bringing hospitals the best technology to meet this moment, and their medical computers are a reflection of this.
Tangent medical computers feature antimicrobial casings, fully-sanitizable touch screens, and IP ratings for water and dust resistance. Most importantly, they are built to be telemedicine-ready, and can help hospitals virtually increase their capacity. When hospitals reach out, Tangent is there to help. Contact Tangent Sales today for more information.