Handheld Computing
Helping hands abound, and the latest and greatest can be found at HIMSS 2005. Vendors have optimized both notebooks and handheld computers for the healthcare market with ultra-durable, portable products and workflow-enhancing handheld software. The newest solutions promise to facilitate anytime-anywhere medicine, increase productivity and improve patient care.

Eclipsys Corp. (booth #4351) is introducing Pocket Sunrise 4.0 XA, a wireless mobile companion to Sunrise 4.0 XA and highlighting Remote Access Services (RAS) 4.0 XA.

Pocket Sunrise mobilizes physicians by giving them the ability to review results, acknowledge alerts and place orders from PocketPC handheld devices within the walls of the hospital and at wireless-enabled homes and coffee shops. Clinicians on rounds or outside the hospital can review a patient's current condition and order additional tests, medications, and nursing orders. Patient information such as current medications, allergies, other care providers, orders, results, history and physicals, can be checked as well.

RAS 4.0 XA allows clinicians to access Eclipsys' Sunrise Clinical Manager from outside of the hospital to conduct order entry, acknowledge alerts, review results, patient lists and patient summary information. RAS 4.0 XA integrates with Secure Health Messaging for remote access and communication on multiple browsers.

Microsoft Corporation (booth #3035) and Mobile Design Technologies, Inc. are launching MD Coder.

MD Coder supplies healthcare professionals with the ability to capture delicate and pertinent patient charges at the point of care.

The system features comprehensive patient tracking and enables a user to quickly choose multiple, categorized and cross-referenced CPT and ICD Codes and capture E&M charges with customized ICD-9 lists. The database-independent server solution allows any size group to implement a web-based server of their choice utilizing existing infrastructure or open source technology. MD Coder supports multiple physicians synchronizing to a CDR (central data repository) through wireless, wireline, network and infrared connections to the MD Coder Enterprise Server. Role Based User Management provides three usable workflows addressing specific processes for the physician user, the collector and the administrator. MD Coder also supports a comprehensive HL7 interface and delivers month-end reports, usage reports, synchronization reports, device management reports and complete audit trail reports.

Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. (booth #1157) is highlighting its CF-W2 Tough-book, Tough-book 18 and Toughbook T2.

Weighing in at less than three pounds, CF-W2 Toughbook is a fully Centrino-compliant, rugged, sub-notebook computer with an internal DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive. It features an Intel ultra-low-voltage 900MHz Pentium M processor with enhanced SpeedStep technology, 1MB on-die L2 cache, 256MB SDRAM (DDR) (512 max.) and Intel 855GM system architecture. Other features include integrated Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 802.11b, 100Base-TX/10 BaseT wired LAN and 56K V90 analog modem capability.

The convertible Toughbook 18 allows constant communication when moving through hospitals. Sealed and sanitizable, it converts from a powerful notebook PC to a convenient tablet PC with one swivel.

The lightweight, por-table Toughbook T2 travels easily between offices and exam rooms in hospitals and is equipped with a hand strap to prevent accidental drops when working at a patient's bedside. The pressure-sensitive touchscreen can be used even when wearing a latex glove.

Research In Motion (RIM, booth #7015) is demonstrating at HIMSS its BlackBerry wireless solution for healthcare applications.

BlackBerry allows users to stay in touch with wireless access to email, phone, calendar, contacts and the web. In addition, BlackBerry can help healthcare providers streamline processes, enhance communication with colleagues and improve patient care. Healthcare-focused software developers also will be at the BlackBerry booth demonstrating how healthcare professionals can access the latest medical information, review electronic medical records or complete prescriptions from their BlackBerry device, anytime, anywhere.

Sprint Business Solutions (booth #4151) is showcasing its Healthcare Mobility solutions and demonstrating palmOS and PocketPC smart devices operating partner software which enable mobile access of patient information. The company also is displaying print Security Solutions for HIPAA, Cerner's iNet Virtual Care and InSiteOne's digital image archive system that uses Sprint VPN connectivity.

Wireless Interactive Medicine Inc. (WIMcare, booth #7001) is showing off its Field Workflow and Electronic Patient Chart Clinical Information System.

The wireless CIS runs on devices with operating systems, including cell phones, and features a work list manager for patient case load. It increases clinician productivity, provides an electronic patient chart and paperless medicine with audit trails and medical protocols. The system also reduces transcriber or treatment errors and improves cash flow with immediate transaction processing to the billing system. Patient electronic charts include diagnostic images, treatment paths, vital signs and medications.