Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has purchased 100 Panasonic Toughbook tablet computers as part of its plan to deploy e prescribing. The CF-H1 Mobile Clinical Assistant tablets, which are docked on the trust’s existing drugs trolleys, will enable caregivers to review and record information from electronic medical records (EMR) at the patients’ bedside, thus decreasing the time needed to provide patient care. The primary order was set for 111 Toughbook CF-H1 devices. The selection was made after an eight week trial during which nurses observed that the trolley mounted approach helped ensure the mobile device was constantly charged.
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Panasonic has illustrated that the device could be easily carried and taken to the patient’s bedside to ensure that the right drug was given to the right patient at the right time. Using the mobile devices is expected to contribute to a 12 % increase in the time nurses could spend with patients, as the company noted. Mandie Sunderland, chief nurse, of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Compared to traditional solutions, such as PCs on a trolley, the Toughbook CF-H1 drug trolley e-prescribing solution is fast, efficient and flexible. The Toughbooks can be easily fitted to our existing trolleys or mounted on ward walls for use by nursing staff.”
The CF-H1 MCA is designed specifically to be used in healthcare, so it is lightweight, shock and water-resistant and can be easily disinfected. It enables healthcare staff to have instant access to patient data at the point of service and regularly record accurate information about patient condition and medication. Chris Wood, healthcare business manager, at Panasonic Computer Products Europe, said: “This Toughbook solution allows the NHS Trust to make the most of the equipment and software applications they have today but as the applications evolve to more touchscreen friendly systems the CF-H1 tablets are future proofed to meet the demands of NHS technology innovations.” The CF-H1 was designed so that it carries no risk of infections spread from patient to patient as it can be easily disinfected. The device has a fanless design, thus reducing the probability for germs to be transported through it. To further ensure disinfection, a Panasonic-designed software utility can be programmed to remind users to wipe the unit down at certain intervals and automatically records a successful cleaning for the hospital’s permanent records.