We’re Grateful to Our First Responders

Fire-and-Ice----How-Rugged-Tablet-Tech-Meets-Extreme-Temperature-Challen...As we approach the day of gratitude, the entire team at DT Research would like to say we are grateful for the first responders who have worked tirelessly and selflessly throughout 2018’s numerous weather and natural disaster events to protect citizens and save countless lives.

Blizzards

January 2018 saw extreme snow and sleet dumped across the East Coast, reaching as far down as the Southern States. First responders were out in freezing temperatures, checking on residents, clearing crash sites, and providing emergency care to those trapped in or injured because of the storms. A massive nor’easter in March again shut down transport and left over 1 million people without power, and again first responders answered the call.

Mudflows

The West Coast saw unprecedented winter activity as well, as mudflows followed devegetation and destabilization of ground affected by wildfires in 2017. First responders helped evacuate those in the path of moving debris. They then turned to the task of clearing highways, restoring roads and checking on those unable to evacuate in time.

Hurricanes

Several record-breaking storms hit the U.S. coastline this year, causing mass destruction and flooding in coastal regions and even further inland. First responders were there, carrying out search and rescue operations and providing help to those fleeing areas that had suffered the most damage.

Wildfires

Across the Upper Midwest and across vast swathes of California, wildfires have raged out of control. First responders include the firefighters who risk their lives to stop the spread, and valiantly stand against the flames. Entire towns have been lost but thanks to first responders many lives have been saved.

Tornadoes

2018 saw multiple tornados including an outbreak that originated in the alley of the Midwest and sprawled eastward, spawning funnel after funnel into the Southeast and Deep South. First responders were in action immediately, delivering medical support and emergency supplies to those in the paths of destruction.

Without the brave men and women who work in law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, and firefighting, natural disasters would take an even larger toll on civilians. We appreciate the services provided and the courage shown every day by those on the front lines of such events.

RTK Tablets for Crash Scene Investigations in Bad Weather

6-Features-of-Rugged-Tablets-for-Law-EnforcementRugged tablets are helping with the rapid management of crash scene investigations in bad weather, providing ways to accurately map and record the scene before swiftly clearing it. These tablets are designed to be used in tandem with drones, delivering swiftly cleared sites and allowing restored traffic while helping to safeguard the lives of first responders and others on the scene. When crash sites can be cleared with less risk to critical emergency management personnel, and minimized danger to clean up crews, even bad weather doesn’t have to compromise any potential investigation.

There are extremely high risks associated with working a crash site, and inclement weather, including wet, slushy, or snow covered roads can increase this risk and delay reopening of lanes or roads. In addition, a crash scene is also often a crime scene, meaning careful documentation is expected and will need to be accurate and clear enough to stand up in court if need be.

While an initial crash may injure many people involved, additional victims are added to the toll each year in the way of first responders and cleanup crews on site who put themselves on the front lines of a crash site investigation, tending survivors, documenting the crash, and clearing the scene.

Drones used in combination with  GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) rugged tablets can contribute to faster, more effective crash scene clearing, while still gathering vital evidence which is accurate enough to be used later if required for a civil or criminal court proceeding. Rugged tablets can receive and analyze data sent by drones flying over the scene in repeated sweeps from the same altitude to generate overlapping images, when properly combined, the images for a clear view of the crash site that is accurate to within 1-2 centimeters and delivers perfect 3-D detail.

The entire process takes only a fraction the time required for traditional crash scene documentation, allowing the site to be rapidly cleared and traffic to resume as officials o the scene move away from the documented scene and turn their attention to serving survivors and managing reports. The data collected by the drones and tablets can be recorded and distributed within acceptable privacy parameters to analysts, medical professionals, insurance carriers, law enforcement personnel, and lawyers to provide a clear picture of events and help determine any additional action if required.

The ability of rugged tablets to speed process and save lives continues to expand, and law enforcement agencies are adding them to tool-kits with ever increasing frequency.

 

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.