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Wednesday, 21 February 2007 10:47

Intel healthcare puts Tablet PCs in motion at hospitals

While Tablet PCs are finally becoming more popular with consumers, the vertical healthcare market is ideally suited. So, is Intel telling hospitals to take a few tablets and it’ll all be better in the morning?

In conjunction with Motion Computing, Intel is launching the Mobile Clinical Assistant or MCA platform with Motion’s C5 being the first product from the new MCA line.

Designed to make nurses lives easier, letting them spend more time with patients, access information on the move while remaining fully connected to the hospital’s IT infrastructure and network and more safely manage the administration of medicines, the C5 and MCA platform sounds like the perfect panacea for overworked medical staff – with clinicians and nurses in pilot studies giving the project a big tick of approval.

Likely not well known by consumers as being involved in the healthcare industry, Intel believes that the MCA program is a vital step in connecting medical staff to comprehensive patient information on a real-time basis and allowing instant documentation of a patient’s condition for a better clinical workflow while being a device perfectly suited to the busy and hectic schedules found in any hospital worldwide.

As anyone who’s ever been to a hospital knows, the pace can be frenetic one minute, and calm the next – so a device that is lightweight, spill-resistant, drop-tolerant and easily disinfected definitely sounds like a winner that could help improve patient outcomes and dramatically cut down on the incidence of unfortunate medical mistakes and misadventures.

Other features of the Motion C5 include wireless connectivity, RFID technology for easy and rapid user logon, an inbuilt digital camera and Bluetooth.

Intel and Motion clearly wanted to make sure that they got the full support of the industry and clinicians, so they enlisted major medical software providers and hospitals in the pilot project worldwide to gain a true insight into the medical industry, and to gauge just how on track they were in reaching their goals.

Paul Otellini, Intel President and CEO, is happy with progress so far. He says that: “Today technology comes to the aid of those who help others. The mobile clinical assistant was defined and shaped by the clinicians who will use it. They have told us it will improve their decision making and patient care while easing overall workloads. This is a great example of putting innovative technology to work solving real needs.”

So, while enabling nurses, doctors and other appropriate medical staff won’t solve all the world’s ills, it certainly is the right step in taking medical care beyond the advances of the 20th century focused on disease and avoiding medical malpractice suits towards a 21st century world where wellness is the primary focus – not only for patients, but for the very hardworking doctors and nurses, too!


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