Handhelds & Wireless: Always Where You Need Them
With more and more healthcare providers wanting to access and transmit patient data anywhere and anytime, wireless handheld device vendors are tapping into the market. Ruggedized equipment, longer battery life, and simple conversion from notebook to tablet are just some of the features making mobile more mainstream.

Cellular Specialties (CSI) (Booth # 270) is showcasing its wireless technologies designed to increase efficiencies and reduce costs, without sacrificing patient care. The technologies include CSI designed and manufactured Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs) that are part of a complete in-building system which allows RF signal to propagate throughout a facility. Once installed, patients, visitors, vendors, and hospital staff can utilize wireless voice and data technologies from anywhere within the building. CSI does sell these products as stand alone units but because of the complexity of hospital applications and the range of technologies requested (cell phones, pagers, PFID, etc.), CSI also offers the complete solutions. These in-building wireless solutions utilize CSI products as well as those from other providers.

Cisco Systems (Booth #927) is demonstrating several of its standalone systems and integrations with vendor partners such as Philips, Siemens, Globestar, Pango, Aeroscout, Emergin, Cardiac, and Tanberg/Polycom. The company will also provide information regarding different clinical scenarios in an assortment of hospitals settings (i.e. emergency room and patient room) and how some of its technologies can be used in each.

Flo Healthcare (Booth #3921) is announcing a new workstation that provides advanced ergonomics with a taller, sleeker, more lightweight design, and is fully configurable with standard components for greater customization. Flo has 50,000 mobile devices and wireless infrastructure systems installed in 800 hospitals. Company representatives at HIMSS also will discuss how hospitals invest in mobile workstation technology, what hospitals should consider when making long-term investments in this technology, and how the company is incorporating PACS into its workstations.

Panasonic’s Toughbook T5Panasonic (Booth #6048) is showcasing its range of durable devices that up to the challenge of life in healthcare. Panasonic notebooks all have the lowest annual failure rates in the industry thanks to their magnesium alloy frames — 20 times stronger than plastic — and shock-mounted hard drives. All Toughbooks come with a three-year warranty and toll-free 24/7 phone support for the life of the product.

The Toughbook T5 is a lightweight tablet alternative, has a touchscreen display and keyboard, can run for 10 hours between charging, and has a wide-range of wireless radios built-in. This makes it a great choice for everyday use by clinicians, technicians and home care professionals regardless of how their network is set up.

The Toughbook Wireless Display is very lightweight, has a battery life long enough to get through an entire business day, and is equipped with multiple wireless radios with which to access networks. However, the WD most prominent feature isn’t even visible: It does not have a hard-drive built in. The WD connects wirelessly to a server in order to store and retrieve data. This security feature ensures that if the display is lost or stolen, no precious data is lost.

The Toughbook CF-19 is a liquid- and dust-proofed convertible tablet with long battery life, a screen bright enough to be read in direct sunlight, and a variety of wireless radios. The company says this is a good model for first responders who must treat their patients with extra care but cannot spare the same for their equipment.

The Toughbook CF-51 is a traditional notebook ideal for use in the office. The CF-51 has a large screen geared for presentations to small groups and a shock-mounted hard-drive that can easily be removed and swapped out for another for backup purposes.