Panasonic offers durable healthcare computing solutions

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Panasonic showcased an array of durable devices for the challenging life of healthcare professionals during the 2008 HIMSS conference in Orlando, Fla., with new additions to its Toughbook line of mobile computing solutions.

“People on the move can’t accomplish what they need to in work and life if they don’t have a reliable notebook they can count on to stay connected. The superior engineering of our lightweight and durable Toughbook notebooks protects against the inevitable drops, bumps and spills facing mobile users in fast-acting, error-proof environments like hospitals,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions. 

The newest addition to the Toughbook family is the Toughbook T7—a lightweight tablet alternative for everyday use by clinicians, technicians and home care professionals regardless of how their network is set up.

It has a touchscreen display and keyboard, can run for 10 hours between charging, and has a wide-range of wireless radios built-in. Designed with input from “walking workers,” such as nurses and home care professionals, the system features a 12.1-inch touchscreen LCD with a convenient hand strap.

“The Toughbooks are truly rugged and durable,” Greg Davidson, business development manager, strategic markets team, Panasonic, told Health Imaging News. “If they drop during use, you can just pick it up and keep going.”

Panasonic also highlighted its Wireless Display—a lightweight solution which 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. It does not have a hard-drive built in; instead it connects wirelessly to a server to store and retrieve data. This security feature ensures that if the display is lost or stolen, no data is lost, the company said.

 “The Toughbook Wireless Display is an excellent choice for everyday use by hospital or clinic staff—anyone who is looking to be more mobile, move from room to room, and be keyboard independent,” Davidson said. The Wireless Display also supports wireless access to peripheral devices through Bluetooth technology.

With the Toughbook 19, Panasonic created a mobile computing solution suitable for EMR use, or for the ER or OR environment, Davidson said. It 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. “This is perfect for first responders who must treat their patients with kid gloves but cannot spare the same for their equipment,” Davidson said.

The CF-19 features a bright 550 Nit (candelas per square meter) screen with a new low-reflection coating and a six hour-long battery life.

The touchscreen allows for ease of use in vehicle-mounted environments and with applications commonly used in field environments. Multiple wireless options—WLAN, WWAN, GPS and Bluetooth—ensure that a user stays connected and easily located, Davidson said.

“Field service professionals require durable, reliable devices that deliver the advanced functionality they need to effectively do their jobs,” Poehler said. “Panasonic is committed to working with our premier partners—and listening to our customers—to develop innovative and cost-effective mobile computing solutions that help drive improvements in both field services and the business performance of service enterprises.”