4 Reasons Medical Tablets are Making Physicians’ Days More Productive

6-ways-purpose-built-medical-tablets-make-hospitals-safer-for-patientsMedical technology has come a long way in the past twenty years, but mobile computing is something that’s been introduced multiple times. However, rugged tablets are the first to successfully fill the needs of the medical niche. Built with hospitals and clinics in mind, these tablets are built for constant use in a highly mobile environment.

Here are a few of the ways that rugged tablets streamline a physician’s day, benefiting both medical professionals and the patients they treat by contributing to higher productivity and accuracy.

  • Diverse functionality. Whether you’re checking your email, looking over patient files, or video-calling, rugged medical tablets are designed for multi-functionality. Wi-Fi capability makes it easy to stay connected, and added security maintains confidentiality. Rugged tablets come equipped with all the necessary tools, but the USB ports and Windows OS make it easy to add tools and programs. Whatever you or a patient needs is right at your fingertips, instantly.
  • Medical reference. A portable, internet connected device allows necessary information to be found quickly. Tablet systems can also be synced to existing libraries or records systems, making it easy to find patient information and reference information at a moment’s notice. Mobile computers avoid the hassle of being tethered to file cabinets, desktop computers, and clunky laptops.
  • Productivity. A physician’s day never ends. From the moment they get dressed to the moment they go home, they remain active and moving. Many laptops and mobile devices cannot maintain a battery charge, or don’t offer the necessary tools. Medical-grade tablets can be tailored to the physician, making them the ultimate tool at their disposal. Use them for communication, document review, and data collection — they are made for it all.
  • In constantly moving and shifting environments, it’s easy to drop and damage mobile devices, while changing requirements may necessitate constant upgrades. People break their smartphones and tablets every day, or the devices quickly become obsolete. Professional-grade, medical tablets are made with durability in mind. They are protected against drops, falls, and obsolescence all at once.

Doctors’ offices, clinics, and hospitals can integrate rugged medical tablets seamlessly with existing systems and routines. The OS makes it easy to custom-design applications and programs. Whether they’re being used on the hospital floor or being installed on medical carts, medical-grade tablets fill a much needed role in today’s demanding healthcare environment.

Dine-in Movie Theaters Use Tablets to Improve/Speed up Service

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A typical dine-in movie theater experience for guests can be enjoyable but problematic. Some theaters still use the old method of waiting in line in the lobby to order, then have food delivered in the theater. A newer model allows guests to order once seated, but a wait is normal before a server shows up with menus, and a drink order may or may not be taken immediately. Appetizers may be inquired about in yet another interaction, and the process of placing an order may not actually occur until just before the movie starts. Sometimes food arrives in the middle of the show.

Being able to enjoy a full meal while enjoying the show is an attractive idea but all too often the experience means multiple disruptions throughout the course of the film and distractions from the movie – not just for those ordering, but for those seated around them. Trying to catch the notice of a server due to an issue or a request for additional food and beverages or dessert can compound the problem, and the server will then try to catch the guest to settle the tab before the movie ends – often at a climactic moment.

Tablet ordering systems for theaters can streamline this entire process, making it easy on servers and the kitchen to meet guests’ needs with minimal disruption to the theater experience. Once seated, customers can immediately view the menu via a tableside ordering system. Drink and appetizer orders can be placed immediately, and subsequent orders placed as often as needed.  A server can be summoned discreetly if needed, and the tab paid while seated via their tabletop ordering system without need for additional intervention.

A tablet ordering system puts guests in control of their experience. When the system is set up to flag potential allergy interactions and accommodate special requests and substitutions, lengthy whispered conversations with the server are eliminated. Instead of having the end of the film interrupted or waiting around afterwards for the server to reappear, guests can check themselves out and pay using the tablet POS.

Another benefit of tablet food ordering is that it can improve the accuracy of the orders by eliminating server error an increase the speed and efficiency of service, leading to a better customer experience.

Increased revenues are another benefit of movie theater tablet ordering. When it’s easy to get more food or beverages without leaving the theater or having to summon a server, more sales are the result. Getting drinks almost immediately upon being seated, followed by appetizers and dinner still leaves plenty of time for a drink and dessert during the film’s closing minutes. This technology can also increase sales by encouraging customers to spend approximately 5% more thanks to added items.

Finally, movie theater tablet ordering helps grow customer databases and strategize new marketing techniques, maximizing pricing for better profitability. Tablet ordering systems for movie theaters can mean big profits.

5 Ways Medical Tablets Streamline Medical Facility Processes

How-Medical-Tablet-PCs-are-Changing-the-Face-of-HealthcareMedical facilities are strategically staffed with all-important key personnel: physicians, nurses, assistants, technicians and specialists. Each one of these has specific needs and requirements that need to be met for them to be successful in their roles.

Small to mid-sized medical facilities may be lingering behind when it comes to tech, but in order to meet all employees’ needs to achieve success, eliminate unnecessary processes and increase office efficiency, digitization and the adoption of medical tablets should become a priority.

Rugged tablets and the cloud are two related technologies that medical practices can readily leverage to make the shift to a digital facility. Utilizing cloud connected tablets enables all documents in the office to be digitized, stored, and accessed from any authorized device. This allows facility staff members to provide patients with the highest level of care in the most efficient manner.

Major pain points faced by medical facilities include:

Disorganization of documentation.

Medical facilities must maintain confidential, detailed documentation on each patient’s medical history, including medication information, health insurance records, allergy lists and clinical notes. Electronic Health Records are a start towards digitization and can be easily retrieved from the cloud or a secure server using medical tablets for instant mobile access.

Poor Accessibility

A common issue in a busy medical facility is misplaced patient files. The mobility, security, and ease of access to digital documents allows healthcare practitioners to review medical records at any hour from any location. Digitization permits patient files to be readily accessible without massive need for on-site storage and can also reduce filing costs and hours spent tracking down misplaced information.

Substandard Devices

Although nearly 80% of medical professionals use medical tablets or smartphones, most prefer a purpose-built solution over a consumer grade device. The ability to be customized with medical software, long lasting batteries, touch screens, mobility, and the ability to switch from a keyboard to a touch screen in an instant allow medical practitioners the flexibility to get things done.

Impossible Schedules

Medical practices want to offer patients the highest level of care but can find it difficult when the facility is either overcrowded or empty. Patient no-shows and cancellations represent almost a third of scheduled appointments, causing overbooking to become common. Schedules inevitably pileup with one doctor at loose ends and another overwhelmed. With medical tablets in play in a cooperative practice, patients can be shuffled back into order, wait times decreased, and physician collaboration done in seconds via tablet.

Security Concerns

81 percent of healthcare organizations are collecting, storing and transmitting some form of protected health information (PHI) on behalf of patients on a daily basis – much of that data via mobile devices. This brings a higher risk of being targeted for fraudulent activity and data breaches. A cloud service provider that adheres to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act and medical tablets capable of the highest level security protocols can provide ease of mind and compliance when handling patients’ personal information.

By utilizing cloud-enabled medical tablets, medical facilities are better equipped to deliver enhanced patient care without sacrificing mobility or security.

 

Advantages of Warehouse Rugged Tablets for Forklift Maintenance

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Forklift-mounted computers are being hailed as the future of effective, efficient warehouse operations. For many companies which have already adopted use of mounted rugged tablets, the effect on forklift drivers and other warehouse personnel work is immense.

Elsewhere in the warehouse, tablets provide a fast and easy way to maintain inventory, check records, pick and pack, and more. They offer comprehensive capabilities including comprehensive “one-stop” computing and communications in a device that has been rigorously and specifically designed and constructed to withstand the extreme environment of warehouses. Tablets are also the ultimate mobile device for warehouses, offering both the portability to grab and go and the stability and convenience of vehicle mounting.

Warehouse managers are looking to further streamline processes using rugged tablets for forklift maintenance, Tablets can be mounted then hooked into the forklift’s computer system, running diagnostics and checking for issues. Tablets assigned to a specific lift can be programmed with regular updates and reminders to do standard maintenance such as oil checks. They can also provide prompts when the vehicle is turned on to help spur rookies to perform startup checklists and also at the end of the day to double check everything before shutting down.

Being able to maintain every forklift in a warehouse, compile data about the sustainability of the vehicle and highlight any trends in problems with particular machines, parts, makes, or models can help prevent accidents or mechanical failures and keep workers safe. Forklifts can also be earmarked for overhauls when appropriate or booked for training sessions when needed.

The complexities of warehouse management demand the provision of data, the ability to quickly communicate the same from worker to worker, and a way to track every entry and change. Rugged tablets for warehouse use streamline this part of the supply chain, making it easy to provide more data directly to those working on the floor or driving forklifts and trucks – and to collect more data from the warehouse in real time for managers and supervisors.

Warehouse managers need sophisticated software applications and greater mobility and reduced costs without sacrificing real-time access to information. Robust systems installed on rugged tablets provide support for advanced data gathering and communications applications. The networks cost less to administer when deployed across an entire warehouse, and the subsequently streamlined processes increase productivity.

Managers who choose purpose built tablets for warehouse operations and forklift maintenance avoid the pitfalls of consumer grade devices which may include a lower up front cost but can cause havoc on budgets on the back end with high out-of-pocket costs required to repair and replace non-industrial strength devices and not insubstantial costs associated with a loss of productivity due to downtime. Mounted and handheld rugged tablets are tough enough to keep everything from the warehouse forklifts to the back-office linked and operating at maximum efficiency.

Medical Tablets and the Rise of Telemedicine

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Telehealth is rapidly rising thanks to increasing mobility in patient care, a need to streamline processes and an imperative to reduce healthcare costs. Currently, 83 percent of physicians use mobile technology to provide care, driving the mobility of patient information as well. The ultimate goal of telehealth is to eliminate geographic constraints, deliver quality patient care, and meet the needs of rural populations as well as those in inner cities.

Many healthcare providers are showing an increasing interest in telehealth not just for the benefits to themselves (including more comprehensive, faster access to patient data and images), but for lower costs and better care. Medical tablets allow doctors and nurses to “meet” with patients anywhere at any time and access all data required from a single device.

Telehealth offerings include customer online access to providers, making diagnoses, prescriptions for, and treatment of basic, common illnesses possible without an in-office visit.  Real-time, video-based virtual consults can be set up between providers and patients, chronically ill patients can be monitored at home, and primary care physicians can consult with specialists for diagnosis confirmation instantly.

Mobile devices such as tablets can be distributed to patients in rural areas or centralized at a remote “clinic” where patients can be checked in on a tablet and wait for their consult. These tablets can be utilized for filling out HIPAA/release forms for records from outside hospitals; and sent an alert when the patient is next in line to be “seen.”

The latest advancements in mobile technology promise seamless integration into existing systems, higher quality of patient care, and lower costs for healthcare providers. Many healthcare providers have already made the switch to mobile technology thanks to the increasing popularity of mobile devices and tablet use.

Diagnostic medical imaging software can enable physicians to diagnose from any location when they can securely view patient images and reports from tablets, and consult with specialists remotely. Such software can be integrated into electronic medical records to update patient records immediately, and patients can view their own images via a secure login.

Mobile technology in the healthcare workplace and an increasing acceptance of private and public cloud technologies plays a critical role in creating cost-effective platforms. Medical tablet tech makes it easy to manage information gathering, education, case file maintenance, radiologist-technology interfaces, and patient interactions with speed and privacy in any place at any time.