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.