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Intel, Motion Computing introduce mobile clinical assistant

Posted: 27 Feb 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth  RFID tag  RFID reader  C5  motion C5 

Intel Corp. and Motion Computing partnered to deliver C5 (virtual demo), the portable PC which uses Intel's first healthcare platform, the mobile clinical assistant (MCA). The technology aims to allow clinicians real-time access to patient information and enable nurses to increase efficiency and accuracy in administering patient health care.

Motion C5 simplifies information access and input with its pen data-entry feature that enables nurses and clinicians to input data at the point-of-care on C5's 10.4inch XGA TFT LCD. This feature is similar to the 'pen-and-clipboard' data input method that has long been used in the medical industry but eliminates the double documentation from paper to PC.

The 1.4kg tablet PC also enables security functions with its RFID technology (13.56MHz RFID reader and 13.56MHz HF passive RFID tag) feature and optional integrated barcode scanner. The feature allows clinicians to scan a patient's barcode before administering medication. The feature is also aimed to ensure rapid user log-on and authorised access to sensitive patient data by swiping a badge with the RFID reader, or by using the biometric fingerprint reader function of C5.

The C5 comes with a 2Mpixel camera that captures pictures and videos which then can be used to chart and monitor a patient's progress, such as keeping track of wounds. Moreover, the table PC integrates Motion's Speak Anywhere recording and dictating technology that can allow clinicians to record patient consultations and check-ups. The tablet PC also features Bluetooth to help capture patient vital signs.

Intel and Motion Computing worked closely with electronic medical record and other clinical software companies to refine their applications for use on MCA. Moreover, pilot studies for the MCA was conducted in hospitals worldwide.

At present, the University of California, San Francisco Medical Centre, which collaborated with Motion Computing on C5's development, is conducting pilots to measure improvements in workflow and nursing satisfaction with regard to patient care. Alegent Health is also conducting a Motion C5 study. In the United Kingdom, Intel and Motion Computing will launch the platform with the National Health Service.

"Today technology comes to the aid of those who help others," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO, in a statement. "The MCA was defined and shaped by the clinicians who will use it. They have told us it will improve their decision making and patient care while easing overall workloads. This is a great example of putting innovative technology to work solving real needs."




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