Advantech upgrades patient infotainment system

An upgraded and more cost-effective patient infotainment system has been released by Advantech.

Powered by Intel’s first dual core Atom processor, the terminal supports full high definition video, radio, games, VoIP, email, Internet services, nurse call capabilities and emergency alarm functions.

Improving upon previous models, Advantech has reduced the size and weight of the system, which the company says will permit lower-cost articulating arms to be used to hold the terminal next to the bedside.

In addition to the patient centric applications, the terminals are designed to be used by clinicians to access medical records at the patient’s bedside.

“The current workflow of many clinicians is built around paper-based systems, or a mix of various portable IT systems. These platforms have a place for some applications, but as a general medical record, users are finding they are difficult to carry around. We’re finding that many clinicians are leaving them back in the nurses station and they’re not being used to their potential,” says Brad Waters, Advantech’s Medical Product Support Manager.

“Going to a patient infotainment terminal by the bedside enables the clinician to access medical records so they can update the charts of patients or view information from the system. It saves having paper, and it improves the efficiency in managing the medical records and medical data.

“We are seeing a huge push towards having infotainment systems by the bedside, and realistically the potential savings for a hospital are huge in that medical records will be available instantaneously, with accuracy far greater than possible when relying on paper.”

Posted in Australian eHealth

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