Anthro offers customizable furniture for radiology, OR, EMR

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Anthro, a manufacturer of furniture for technology, showcased advanced radiology furniture, a medical equipment cart that can be customized for different environments, as well as a wall-mounted lockable EMR workstation during the 2008 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla.

Health Imaging News caught up with Mike Graham, Healthcare Account Manager, Anthro, to discuss the different products on display during the show.

The Tualatin, Ore.-based company highlighted its newest addition for radiology soft-copy reading and teleradiology applications with enhanced features, the Carl’s Table CT08.

“Monitor movement is one of the newer features on the Carl’s Table,” said Graham. “Not only does the table move up and down and tilt but now with the push of button, the monitors come forward and backwards as well as raise up and down, making it completely adjustable and customizable for different users on one workstation.” The CT08 holds up to four monitors that are mounted to a rail with actuators that control the up/down and in/out motion.

Appropriate lighting is crucial for any radiology desk, Graham said, and the Carl’s Table’s improved glare-free ambient back lighting is achieved with the station’s integrated light. “An automatic sensor can be pointed to one of the two middle diagnostic monitors and will respond to the light density of that monitor,” he said.

Graham added that the Carl’s Table can be moved from one room to another, as workflow within a facility or hospital changes. “Basically with a Carl’s’ Table, all you need is a data drop and power and it is a complete environment – the only other thing you need is a radiologist.”

Anthro also introduced the Zido during HIMSS, a compact cart that Graham said is customizable for medical equipment and suitable for the OR or configuration with PACS or EMR work.

“The Zido is just like tinker toys,” Graham said. “There are more than 16 different accessories that can be added to the Zido, making it completely customizable for whatever environment you need it for.” These accessories include a keyboard caddy, single or dual monitor mounts for imaging, lab records, or even used as an EMR cart or computer on wheels cart; a glove box holder, probe holders, metal bins or an oxygen tank holder.

Anthro also exhibited the eNook Pro, a wall-mounted, lockable workstation for LCD’s and laptops for EMR use. “The eNook Pro makes the most of limited space and is ideal for use as a point of care, hallway station, a notebook desk, or a walk-up computer workstation,” Graham said. With a press of the push-to-open magnetic door latch, the work surface safely eases down to reveal a 30-inch workspace. Users can flip the desk shelf up to close and lock computer equipment out of sight.

“Another feature of the eNook is that not only can you move the monitor, but the monitor can tilt up to 15 degrees. So we can accommodate over 50 percent of users with a good ergonomic position by merely tilting it,” Graham said. 

Other accessories include eNook accessory shelves, a scanner bracket, a security cable with a lock, and a 6-outlet medical grade power strip that fits inside the channel below to add charging station capabilities to maintain a neat configuration.

The eNook Pro also is available as an eNook mini, a smaller 23-inch wide and14-inch deep, wall-mounted, lockable workstation without the lower storage components. This is more suitable for smaller, tighter areas within the facility and is available for laptops alone as well, Graham said.