Complementary Tech for Disaster Response Teams

Why-Disaster-Response-Teams-Need-Rugged-TabletsA significant number of record-setting natural disasters have occurred across the United States over the past half-decade, including record setting hurricanes ranging from the East Coast down through Florida and across the Gulf to Texas and massive wildfires across California and the Western U.S.

First responders, utility workers and other field service professionals have worked tirelessly to mitigate the effects of these catastrophic events, and they are employing leading edge technology to restore essential services, render aid, and improve safety.

Drones operated by rugged tablets bring a wealth of benefits to first responders who are engaged in various tasks to serve and protect.

During Wildfires

The advantages of drones has become even more apparent during California’s current fight against wildfires, allowing those on the front lines to receive accurate, real time information about fire progress, direction, and prevailing winds as well as other factors that can help them judge where to deploy resources and how to keep team members safe. With rugged tablets and advanced GIS software, teams can coordinate efforts and find out of the box solutions which can then be utilized in areas not yet reached by fire to evaluate the risk and mitigate it in any number of ways.

Post Hurricane

After hurricanes, many areas are inaccessible or dangerous due to flooding. Drones can be utilized to scan large areas rapidly, providing images that are high quality and close enough to help render a perfect replica of the topography of an area. Rugged tablets can be used to integrate the use of these small unmanned aircraft, and GPS positioning determined down to centimeters of accuracy. This can benefit first responders in multiple ways:

  • Determine safety of terrain and help in decision making
  • Spot survivors in need of rescue
  • Drop much needed supplies in case of emergency
  • Assess damage to homes and property

Pursuit, Search and Rescue, and More

Drone and tablet systems provide cost effective ways to solve real field problems and will continue to provide new and effective ways to assist first responders. The combination is especially relevant for time sensitive missions, from scanning areas in case of a suspect on the run to identifying the location of persons trapped in rough terrain and remote areas when hiking or skiing. Drones can even be utilized to restore voice and data to public safety officials in the event of an incident which makes former modes of communications transmission unavailable.

Coupling the unique situational awareness of a drone with high powered, real time communications devices like rugged tablets reduces the risk of response actions for first responders and allows these complementary technologies to be leveraged for maximum benefit.

Portable Rugged Tablets are a Game Changer for Emergency Medicine

FR1The emergency medical industry is in desperate need of better and faster portable devices that can help them save lives when minutes count. In the clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital, medical tablets are becoming a common sight. Now rugged tablets are changing the ER and in the field emergency response by providing connectivity, reliability, and real time communications for better patient care.

With the portability and functionality of a tablet, emergency response teams can easily take all the information they need with them from ambulance to patient side and back again. This portability means having access to real time instructions form the hospital and even access to patient files if available via compliant devices that secure patient privacy while allowing immediate access to vital information required to save lives.

Once a patient is placed in the ambulance, the tablet can work even harder, analyzing data from various devices used to monitor and track the patient’s condition, and syncing all information on the patient with the receiving hospital and the medical team that will take over care. Doctors awaiting patient arrival can create plans for treatment before the patient enters the ER bay, and spring into action to provide immediate, accurate and effective care.

Tablet cameras can be used to document patient condition, care, and progress from field to ambulance and through hand off to the next medical team. RFID and bar code scanners can be utilized to track patient ID tags and equipment inventory tags, and provide a simplified mode of collaborative effort, passed from emergency tech to doctor or nurse and back again once information is transferred securely to the hospital network.

When in a patient’s home for a well check or an emergency call that ends up not requiring transport, medical tablets can also be used by response teams to gather information, document the incident, and transmit information to the correct medical practitioner, clinic, hospital or professional overseeing the patient’s home care. This is particularly valuable in hospice situations when transport to a medical center is not wished but patient care must be tracked diligently and the incident documented to leave a clear record of events.

From the field to the ambulance to the hospital and back to the field, medical tablets are becoming the primary tool emergency technicians will depend on for the foreseeable future.

 

How Rugged Medical Tablets are Leading to Ambulances of the Future

How Rugged Medical Tablets are Revolutionizing Emergency Medical Service...The innovative, portable design of rugged medical tablets makes them the perfect fit for use by emergency medical professionals both in and out of ambulance settings. A mobile medical tablet can allow emergency response teams to quickly and efficiently access the information they need, determine best courses of action, and administer life-saving care while en route. An added bonus with the security and connectivity afforded by medical tablets and their massive processing power is the ability to communicate in real time and share vital patient information to better patient care.

Hospitals and private companies have moved digital record-keeping, and tablets have facilitated that shift, increasing their compatibility with electronic health records (EHR) systems and providing ways for patient data to be safely, securely and swiftly shared between medical professionals in the field and at the hospital.

Across Europe, ambulances are run by the Red Cross to keep communication constant and consistent between the first responders and the hospital, so when they are bringing a patient in they can quickly access information on the patient. This means digital paperwork can be done on the fly, as the team can get ready to transfer the patient into the hospital with ease, hand off the necessary information, and get on to the next emergency.

In the US, with privacy concerns at the forefront of medical professionals’ minds just behind saving lives, secure medical data devices such as rugged medical tablets allow them to do their job with ease while preserving patient privacy. Mobile devices can go from hand-held to ambulance mounted, providing responders with the vital information they need to treat patients safely.

As more and more medical service providers digitize and make patient information readily available to authorized health professionals, patient outcomes increase positively as well, with lives saved in the field and en route thanks to up to date information that can help relieve the lack of a medical bracelet or knowledge of a patient’s medical history, medication regimen or any possible allergies or counter indications for care.

Mobile devices with cameras, and larger mounted screens in the vehicles can allow first responders to pull up data on patients, update existing files, record new information, view images and video, and communicate important real time information on a patient to doctors waiting at the hospital. Being able to send an image of a specific wound site can help experienced professionals and specialists assist emergency teams in keeping patients alive until they reach the facility for further treatment.

These mobile and mountable device options have revolutionized how EMS/EMT professionals do their jobs and are revolutionizing how ambulances themselves are part of patient care. Real time connectivity, mobility, and access to data as well as visual transmission can benefit ambulance workers and outcomes in both urban and rural areas, and rugged tablets are definitely a driving force in the journey towards the future of personalized patient care and medical mobility.

 

What Are the Benefits of Medical Tablets with Hot-Swap Batteries?

5-Reasons-More-Healthcare-Professionals-than-Ever-Choose-Medical-Tablets...In the medical field, seconds can count when lives are on the line. Having devices that deliver real time updates, mobility, and long lasting battery life can mean the difference between a patient save and a loss in the field, in an ambulance, or in an ER.  Rugged medical tablet computers with hot-swappable batteries increase the productivity of and effectiveness of emergency response technicians, ambulance medics, nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals on a daily basis.

Medical tablet computers can replace a variety of other necessary devices. Instead of four pieces of equipment plus a communications device, medical tablets can go from hand held to vehicle mount in seconds, and hot-swappable batteries ensure they don’t fade out just when they are needed most. From the ambulance to the ER to the ICU, medical tablets are changing the face of medicine.

What does hot-swappable mean?

A medical tablet or other computing device equipped with hot-swappable batteries allows users to switch out the battery while the device is “hot”, or in-use, without loss of connectivity or power. Instead of requiring a cord to plug into or precious moments lost to downtime, doctors, nurses and medical teams in the field can stay on task and simply swap the battery on the go. No data will be lost, no time wasted, and a patient’s life could be saved thanks to the speed and continuity of care.

What about cost efficiency?

Formerly, doctors and nurses would have to simply wait for a charge, find an outlet to plug into, or swap the entire device for a charged one then log back in and find the data they were using. With a hot-swappable battery, medical professionals don’t need to switch out their tablet for another one and ambulances and hospitals don’t have to double up on tablets – just batteries. The result is lower cost and better efficiency. A fast, seamless battery swap, and work continues as normal.

What about mounting options?

Medical tablet computers can be mounted on a medical cart, in a vehicle, or to a wall. With a hot-swappable battery system in place, tablets can be set on a mount and taken handheld as needed, instead of being tethered to a charger. For emergency situations, a tablet can track a patient through their entire journey of care, going from floor to floor and diagnostic room to treatment room or operating theater.

What about real time information?

Every person on a patient’s health care team will have the latest information ready on hand at all times, with updates instantly delivered to all tablets and devices from the centralized system, and any data entered by health professionals instantly added to the main database. If a tablet needs a new battery, there’s no need to stop and save data – just hot-swap and continue.

What about EHR compatibility?

Rugged medical tablets are also Electronic Health Records (EHR) compatible. Medical tablet computers can be synced to EHR systems, for fewer health tech errors, and faster, more complete data availability. Nurses and doctors can access information, digitize records, and share important patient information with specialists safely and securely over closed networks.

Medical tablet computers and hot-swappable batteries are just one way modern technology is improving the field of medicine and advancing patient care. Mobility and communications are key, and medical tablets provide these and more to professionals in all areas of treatment and care.