Medical & Healthcare
|Medical & Healthcare|
Healthcare systems around the globe are experiencing tremendous pressure to improve services while containing costs. There is a trend towards real-time, paperless and film-free patient monitoring, nursing care and medical record tracking. The complexity and diversity of clinical environments requires advanced yet flexible technology, the ability to quickly adapt and customize, and a high level of integration and networking. There is a need for high-quality image display products for x-ray, ultrasound, surgery monitoring systems, endoscope visualization as well as a variety of medical information systems. Sophisticated information technologies are required to manage patient information, diagnostics procedures, conduct research, and analyse and interpret lab results. Health and medical informatics experts are planning the next generation of patient management and medical support systems, and they rely on advanced yet reliable technology, high-performance yet power-efficient solutions, expertise in project management and systems integration, and a wide range of certified products. Medical, clinical and healthcare settings have unique requirements in terms of sealing, thermal and acoustic properties, electromagnetic interference control, longevity, certification, and adherence to strict rules and regulations. Certifications, in particular, play a crucial role in today’s accelerated thrust towards national Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems.
Experience in the Medical Market
Corex has partnered with Advantech, one of the most successful and reputable companies in the medical market, with a reputation that is built on solid design, unmatched support, and vast manufacturing experience. Advantech has been working with the world’s largest medical technology providers for many years, and has gained unparalleled experience in the medical market segment. They, through Corex, have a full roster of medical products to fit all requirements, R&D teams dedicated to medical technology research and implementation, extensive customization capabilities, and a global sales and service organization that guarantees rapid time-to-market and dedicated local support.
Advantech has been a leader in providing a wide range of certified computing systems and services for the medical market for over a decade. Advantech works closely with regulatory agencies, minimizing time to market by examining compliance and regulatory requirements as well as providing consulting and testing services to ensure products are in compliance with global healthcare market regulations.
A Medical Platform to count on
Advantech is a market leader in the digital healthcare market with years of trusted experience. Advantech has continuously worked with international medical equipment manufacturers and system integrators, building a core competency in Advantech’s Medical Computing Division to aid hospitals in creating patient-centred healthcare environments and universal digital healthcare platforms.
Critical care involves the careful diagnosis and management of life threatening conditions by specially-trained healthcare professionals who use their expertise to provide care for the patient. They access highly sophisticated equipment and computer systems with real-time monitoring of vital data. Care is usually given in an intensive care unit (ICU), emergency department, surgical area or trauma centre. The real-time monitoring systems play a critical role to closely tracking patient vital signs and translating patient physiological data into clinical information.
Perioperative Information Systems in Operating Arenas
Perioperative Information Systems support clinical and administrative decision making from pre-operative through intra- and post-operative and procedures. The solution is a total anaesthesia information system that records and documents each phase of the procedure to produce a comprehensive patient record which is linked to existing patient monitoring equipment, anaesthesia machines, and other equipment.
Clinical Information Systems in Intensive Care
A Clinical Information System integrates patient care applications and data management tools for fast, informed decision-making at the point-of-care. These systems can be found in the ICU, at patient bedside, and are accessible across a hospital network or via the web. They improve access to data and in the ICU, at patient communications; gathering, organizing and processing various information sources which can be used by hospital staff for cost management, patient outcome analysis, quality improvements and to meet regulatory compliance.
Mobile Nursing Care
Currently most hospitals struggle with makeshift carts by strapping desktop computers or laptops on board and rolling them from place to place. Usually, these carts with their tie-wrapped wires wound about legs, have issues with cleanliness, power and working space. They just aren’t designed to do what healthcare workers need. Advantech mobile point-of-care systems are designed to move with busy healthcare professionals, and streamline workflow, providing accurate data recording, and reduced medication errors. They make use of wireless infrastructures, mobile devices and specialized applications to meet the needs of caregivers.
The front and rear handles have comfortable grips, making AMiS easy to move from room to room. The work area is smartly designed, with a keyboard/mouse tray and spacious work area, and its ergonomic design features adjustable height, either motor- driven (AMiS-50), or supported by gas spring (AMiS-60), which makes for comfortable, stress-free use even on extended work shifts. AMiS also features an intuitive “dashboard” that shows power status and battery consumption, and includes the height control buttons (AMiS-50 only).
AMiS is built with cost-effectiveness in mind. An intelligent upgrade path, flexibility and ability to be customized all make it an attractive long-term solution for hospitals and clinics. AMiS’ use of a DIN rail for accessory integration prevents damage to the frame. The work surface height adjusts all the way from seated to standing operation. The on-board PC is easily upgradeable, and features multiple I/O connections to allow integration with barcode readers, HD cameras, and card readers.
Intelligent Power System
AMiS products feature built-in long-lasting power supplies which utilize up-to-date LiFePO4 battery technology (Lithium-Iron Phosphate; LFP). This technology is a high performance, cost effective solution to upgrading power on mobile computer carts in healthcare environments. It is also manageable with high quality AMiS_Link software. Even more, battery replacement has never been as easy as with AMiS. With only a few simple steps (only 7 screws on the cart) the job is done! It’s simple, easy, and fast!
AMiS features a seamless design that allows hospital personnel to keep the station clean, meeting hospital standards and preventing the spread of infection. AMiS is designed to meet medical safety certifications. There are no sharp edges, and all components are built to minimize risk of pinched fingers or stubbed toes. AMiS is rugged, with the same trusted industrial design built into all Advantech products.
Intelligent Power Management
Intelligence is built in to the AMiS via specially designed software. AMiS_Link is an application which provides management choices and settings for both hospital IT staff and its medical staff.
Industrial Grade Embedded PC
AMiS is a computerized medical cart built with a mini-ITX motherboard inside; this distinguishes AMiS from other carts which are stacked with desktop computers or laptops on board. This integration feature allows customers to flexibly and easily upgrade computing performance and minimize the total cost of ownership. The interface bracket at the rear of AMiS creates a convenient docking location to combine the mobility of a medical tablet with the productivity of a full workstation.
The system has been enhanced for internet use with two built-in 5-dB antennas for WLAN connectivity (802.2a/b/g/n), as well as standard Gigabit Ethernet connections for wired access.
Bedside and Clinical Care
Patient infotainment refers to a variety of “bedside terminals” that allow patients to watch TV, make phone calls, play games or communicate via the internet. They can be used for email, web browsing, accessing hospital intranets, or even work (depending on the patient’s condition). They can control beds, lighting and curtains. Medically, they can be used to alert staff, look up electronic patient records, display lab results and tests, monitor vital signs, document treatment, and more. As a single integrated solution, patient infotainment terminals provide digital entertainment, communications, and clinical services, at the point-of-care.
Patient Entertainment at Hospital Bedside
An all-in-one interactive bedside terminal can make hospital stays easier by providing the same multimedia entertainment and communication choices people enjoy at home. Telephone, TV, radio, movies, games, internet, Skype and instant messaging keep patients connected. Touch-based software entertainment applications can be developed and subscription access can monetize offerings building revenue streams for hospitals.
Clinical Services at Treatment Centres
The infotainment terminal is able to accommodate a care receiver lying in a chair or bed as well as support work going on in the treatment centre or at clinics. Patients can pass the time with an entertainment system or obtain a variety of information, including treatment, symptoms, results and prognoses.
Senior Centre and Home Care
There is a growing trend in the market toward development of remote homecare for elderly people and patients. Remote medical services assist in the monitoring of health conditions of a care receiver by obtaining and analysing their physiological parameters, and providing medical services and treatments at the most appropriate time. The infotainment terminal can serve as the computing platform to connect a care receiver and a family member, or a care receiver and a doctor at two different places. Information such as blood pressure, heart rate or blood sugar levels are transmitted to a family member or a doctor through the internet or via tele-networking, helping determine the care receiver’s current conditions and provide timely homecare or medical services.