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.