Handhelds & Wireless: Always Where You Need Them

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HIMSS 360With 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 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.

Cisco Systems (Booth #927) is demonstrating several of its standalone systems and integrations with vendor partners such as Philips, Siemens, Globestar, Pango, Aeroscout, Emergin 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. 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. 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.

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. The WD connects wirelessly to a server to store and retrieve data; it has no built-in hard drive. 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 Toughbook CF-51 is a traditional notebook ideal for office use, with a large screen geared for presentations to small groups and a shock-mounted hard-drive that can easily be swapped out for backup purposes.