As Workstations On Wheels (WOWs) and Computers On Wheels (COWs) entered the medical industry, patients quickly became used to seeing the digital revolution begin to make inroads at their point of care. Medical Cart Computers (MCCs) are now replacing these early forms of digitization, bringing new features to patient / doctor interactions. How do medical computers help improve health care on both sides of the screen?
Building Patient Trust
For patients who wonder how their doctor will remember all the information shared during the appointment accurately enough to enter in their file later, medical cart computers allow peace of mind as entries can be made, checked, and corrected if needed on the spot. This builds trust between the patient and their doctor via the system.
Real Time Data Capture
In addition to the ability to input information in real time, additional data can be shared and transmitted via the use of smart card readers and RFID readers, which can be used to scan in additional information at the appropriate level of security. HIPAA isn’t compromised, and EMRs (electronic medical records) are fully integrated.
Ease of Data Sharing
Data comparisons can be easily and quickly made when patients past records and records from multiple doctors, specialists, and facilities can be reviewed from one single location. The medical PC allows everyone involved in a patient’s care to be completely looped in and cognizant of any recent changes in health status, symptoms, and more.
A medical cart computer can be assigned to a bed, or assigned to a patient. If need be one unit can follow an emerging case from arrival at the ER through triage, the OR, and into recovery without a break, while hot swappable batteries guarantee uninterrupted access to all information at the patient’s side.
Electronic health records can be reviewed, double checked for errors, updated, and transmitted seamlessly with the help of medical PCs. Having all the information available about a patient who is unconscious, disoriented, or unresponsive can make the difference between the right care and the wrong diagnosis.
Patients can view images and information, and interact via signature or verification with the system under supervision of a doctor, and be allowed access to top layers of data to help them better know how to follow through with their care.
Medical cart computers are helping doctors excel at treatment, providing more immediate and accurate care based on the data provided by patient side PCs. MCCs are the future of interactive health care!