A healthcare computer is different from a consumer grade or other industrial computer as it has specific features made for healthcare environments. Ideally, healthcare computers also have aesthetic value that contributes to a light-filled, healing environment. Features such as anti-bacterial coatings, hardware security, electronic certifications, mounting designs for placement, and enclosure designs for easy sanitizing are included to bring healthcare facilities a customized computer hardware solution.
Each healthcare computer has connectivity options designed for typical applications in a medical environment. Barcode and RFID systems can be attached to or integrated into healthcare computers for patient identification, medication management, labeling lab specimen collection, and tracking surgical instruments. When dedicated nurse call lines are integrated with webcams and speakers; patients can have simple touch screen video access to a nurse. This enables healthcare professionals to still be present without having to stand bedside which saves time and energy. Sometimes isolated 4KV ports are necessary to provide a high level of electronic protection for the patient when they are connected to an electronic medical device. Teguar offers healthcare computers with this capability.
Healthcare computers aid in the prevention of hospital infections such as MRSA. In a 2015 press release, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reported that “On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, demonstrating the need for improved infection control in U.S. healthcare facilities.” With touchscreen computers now being regularly used, the importance of anti-bacterial enclosures along with designs that can be easily sanitized cannot be underestimated.
Healthcare computers are the future of medicine. As the IOT (internet of things) continues to grow, more areas of healthcare are becoming digitized. This means there is a consistent increasing work load put on technology to deliver points of care and manage care plans. Healthcare computers provide the technology requirements that are specific both to the IT hardware needs and also physical environment requirements.