Motion Computing offers healthcare a mobile ecosystem
During the 2008 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla., Motion Computing showcased the Motion C5 mobile clinical assistant, which allows immediate access to patient information at the point of care.

Joel French, vice president and general manager, healthcare business group, told Health Imaging News that the goal with the C5 was to design something for clinicians to use and then validate it with a series of studies designed to test performance.

“We wanted to demonstrate usability improvement with the C5 to make sure the clinicians would actually use it,” he said. “If you don’t have that—the usability improvement and the technology transparency—then you are not going to get the value.”

The C5 is a portable, durable, disinfectable tablet PC, which easily fits into the daily workflow of clinicians as a clipboard would but with significant productivity and efficiency gains, French said. Information can be accessed and transmitted using the tablet, but not stored.

“The C5 can help them [clinicians] reduce walking steps per shift and improve patient throughput,” French added. He said it can also run multiple applications within the hospital environment, to create an entire ecosystem that health systems, clinics and home health entities can really use.

“It brings the best of the paper world together—the eye contact, the instinct to write—right to the bedside but with all of the power of the application and the network behind it, which enables an easy IT adoption cycle,” French said.

Clinicians can use the integrated barcode reader to manage medicines or costly supplies; or use the onboard camera to take pictures and capture video for patient education and records. The C5, which weighs in at 3.3 pounds, also provides clinicians with up-to-date patient information at the bedside with up to 60GB of storage capacity.

“With colleague to colleague consultations, clinician to patient consultations, the C5 gives the screen real estate they need to show procedures and educate,” he said. “It gives more of an informed consent element and brings the patient into the care decision, which is the real use of the image.”