Top 10 Mobile Tablets For Healthcare Professionals
#1. ProScribe Medical Tablet PC
The ProScribe by Barco has been described as ‘the ideal mobile point-of-care display for physicians and nurses who need to stay connected when moving from patient to patient’ by experts at Medical Expo. The device has a durable touchscreen, specifically designed with a fast-paced, hospital environment in mind. It has wireless connectivity and allows medical professionals to access patient data anywhere, anytime and with minimum risk of downtime. Unlike other ‘commercial’ tablets such as the iPad or the Surface by Microsoft, the ProScribe has been built specifically with medical usage in mind – medical professionals were consulted during the development phase and it has a dust and fluid resistant screen and can withstand a one meter drop onto a concrete surface.
#2. Apple iPad
The Apple iPad is three years old, and in such a short time it has revolutionized the healthcare industry. The iPad may not be as durable as a purpose built tablet, however it does have an advantage owing to the plethora of apps and software solutions it supports, making it the perfect tool for physicians and healthcare execs on the run. With the mass uptake of BYOD systems in the healthcare arena, more and more medical professionals are using iPads, thus making them even more useful.
#3. Microsoft Surface
To date, the Surface and Surface Pro have had mixed reviews from consumers, however Microsoft is taking strides in the healthcare arena with its device appealing to professional and business audiences, specifically those within the healthcare industry. The launch of its Windows 8 interface gives the corporation hope, with it already gaining positive feedback from healthcare users; the suite of cloud products is turning out to be a winner within the medical marketplace considering the mass uptake of cloud based EHR solutions in recent months.
#4. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab
The Samsung mobile solution for the medical and healthcare industry helps to increase efficiency and improve service quality. Innovative mobile technology enables staff to deliver personalised, patient-centred medical services as well as reducing costs. Samsung’s offering is unique as it not only has a fully functioning tablet in the Galaxy Tab, but it also offers its users m-EMR – professional software that gives professionals access to medical information systems. By allowing you to view medical records anytime, anywhere, you can provide your patients with accurate visual information on their status. Scheduling and communications are made simple, and with easy access to medical references you can contribute to a better care environment every day.
#5. Sahara Slate PC
For clinicians who prefer using handwriting to enter patient notes, the Sahara Slate PC i500 offers dual mode input with both Active Digitizer input and touch screen technology. The lightweight and portable Sahara Slate features a 12.1" screen for easy review of full size patient forms and confidential health information without the need for scrolling.
For ultimate flexibility, the Sahara Slate PC i500 Tablet PC can be used in conjunction with a full line of unique accessories including a ruggedized carry case, VESA mounting options, magnetic stripe reader, and docking station. These accessories enhance the functionality of the Sahara Slate PC i500 for use in Blood Banks and as augmentative communication devices.
#6. MediSlate MCA
The MediSlate Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) i1040XT was developed to endure the harsh rigors and needs of the clinical environment. The MCA reference design developed by Intel researchers, after significant ethnographic research, workflow studies and conversations with healthcare professionals worldwide. As a mobile data collection tool, the MediSlate is an indispensable tool for verifying patient identification and scanning labels from medications and blood vials. The MediSlate features an integrated suite of data and image capturing technologies including 2D barcode scanner, 2.0 megapixel camera, and a 13.56MHz RFID reader built into its ergonomic handle.
#7. Motion’s C5v Medical Tablet PC
Deliver mobility and reliability at the point-of-care with the Motion C5v Tablet PC. The industry’s first Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA), the C5v Tablet PC was designed specifically for healthcare environments in partnership with Intel Health and based on input from thousands of clinicians worldwide. Lightweight, rugged and fully-sealed to ensure compliance with infection control protocols, the C5v is built for demanding healthcare environments. Get a handle on patient care with the Motion C5v Tablet PC. It’s highly portable. It’s lightweight. And, it’s ready to work for you.
#8. Teguar’s Intel Atom
From the hospital to home care, the Teguar TA-10 Medical Tablet PC is designed to handle the toughest healthcare conditions. With a tempered and very strong front glass for superior display protection, users get the best medical computer tablet viewing experience available. And now with up to the Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, this rugged medical computer offers uncompromising levels of power, security and manageability. Extended battery life, a hot swap battery feature, superior performance and advanced remote management capabilities ensure that both clinicians and IT personnel can feel confident that the TA-10 Medical Computer Tablet is available and patient data secure – freeing up valuable time and resources to focus on patient care. This is a great device for mobile clinical assistance in hospital or doctor’s office.
#9. Advantech Medical PC
The new MICA-101 has the same integrated features and ergonomic design as its predecessor, but the new release has been enhanced to provide better imagery, faster storage, and better power, making it even more robust. MICA-101 mobile clinical assistant is suitable for EMR, HER, and Nursing Information Systems (NIS). It is a fanless system that is lightweight, portable and quiet to use, and it streamlines workflow while increasing productivity.
#10. Arbor’s Antibacterial Medical Tablet
Arbor has devoted to develop embedded products for applications such as automation, POS and digital signage. Through its professional technology, ARBOR provides complete solutions for all applications from board to system. The medical computer line is suitable for different medical and healthcare applications including portable size clinical assistant and multi-function medical station.
Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019
We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector
The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.
9. Mobile technology
Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.
8. Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.
Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.
6. Health wearables
With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.
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5. Electronic health records tools
From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.
4. Healthcare transportation
Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.
3. 3D Printing
Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.
As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.
Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.
1. Vertical integrations
As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical Group, Humana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.
Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.