Fujitsu Siemens launches mobile clinical assistant

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has announced the launch of the Esprimo MA, a tablet PC designed for mobile working in the healthcare sector. It is based on the Intel Mobile Clinical Assistant platform and features the new Intel Atom low-power processor designed to give long battery life for mobile devices. It closely follows the launch of the Panasonic MCA earlier this month, which also features the Intel Atom. It will be available in production quantities in the second quarter of 2009. The Esprimo MA weighs only 1.3 kg and is fanless, which enables it to have a fully sealed housing that can be sterilised for use in healthcare environments. It has integrated high-speed 3G/UMTS (3G is optional), WLAN and Bluetooth wireless communications. Unlike earlier MCA designs, the Esprimo MA has a dual smartcard reader to ensure maximum security for sensitive patient data. It has a long battery life (up to four hours) and a hot-swap feature for replacing the battery, which enables it to be used for extended periods without returning it to a docking station for recharging. When in the docking station it is physically locked to the station and cannot be removed without a dedicated digital pen. The Esprimo MA also has an integrated barcode scanner, RFID reader and an auto focus camera. To integrate the Esprimo MA into clinics and hospitals, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and its partner Intel are working closely with various manufacturers of clinical software to ensure full compatibility with the Intel MCA platform. It already meets all the requirements of the German organisation Gematik regarding future mobile use of the electronic healthcare card for general practitioners and emergency services in Germany. One of the major trends in hospitals is the replacement of hard-copy paper documentation with online digital documentation. The driver behind this is that efficient processes are crucial to the success of clinics and hospitals as commercial constraints on healthcare increase. Legally, doctors must maintain comprehensive treatment and medication records; but fewer employees are available overall for an increasing number of patients. The flood of data can no longer be managed using normal paper procedures. About 80% of archived paper documents are already in need of revision. A sophisticated IT infrastructure is needed to ensure that doctors have time to focus on patients, rather than administrative work. Fujitsu Siemens Computers, the leading European IT infrastructure provider, also offers devices for clinics and healthcare facilities that are tailored for the healthcare sector as part of its ‘Dynamic Infrastructures’ service. The Esprimo MA is the latest addition to this offering. It integrates seamlessly into the Dynamic Infrastructures service and can also be easily integrated into an existing hospital IT infrastructure. The robust tablet PC can be used at patients’ bedsides, in the examination room or even on the move. Instead of noting patient data on paper and later transferring that data to a PC, nursing staff can archive information digitally on-site. This saves time and gives doctors access to patient data immediately from wherever they are. “Many modern clinics have already recognised that a specialist mobility strategy is increasingly important to maximise the efficiency of processes and for patient well-being. As a result, demand for mobile PCs in the healthcare sector is at an all time high,” said Armin Kumpf, Senior Director Business Mobile at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “Our new Esprimo MA offers this important market a product that has been developed specifically for the industry’s requirements; one which more than meets the exacting and unique demands of a clinical environment and which paves the way for the effective use of mobile applications within the IT infrastructure used by hospitals and in surgeries.”

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