Upgrade Your Medical Computers To Mobile Devices And Protect Them With Alpha Thunder Tags
Recently I had to visit one of our local hospitals and during the visit I was looking at the technologies they were utilizing on this particular floor. Because I have been writing about the use of mobile medical devices in hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices I was looking around to see if I could observe any in use. I will admit that I was surprised by the lack of i-pads and tablets by the staff I was observing. As a matter of fact, the nurse that was assisting me had a mobile laptop cart that was being pushed around, along with the traditional medical charts on paper. She was entering information on both and it seemed that this was not very efficient. I couldn’t help but think how much easier it would have been had she been using a medical i-pad or tablet, protected with Alpha Thunder Tags, to enter all the information.
I wondered if the hospital had not invested in them because they didn’t see the practicality of the devices or was it a case of being concerned for an i-pad theft or a tablet theft. If the reason for not using the devices was a concern about theft, that concern could be alleviated by using Alpha Thunder Tags which can be attached directly to the mobile device. If a tablet was put down and someone picked it up then attempted to disconnect the anti-theft device, the tag has a built in tamper alarm that would sound. If the hospital would have electronic article surveillance (EAS) antennas at entrances and exits, even in hallways leading into specific wings, if a tagged device were to come within range of the antenna a built in alarm in the antenna would sound and warning lights would flash. Hospital staff could respond the alarm and determine the cause, whether it was due to an employee inadvertently walking out with a device or a “visitor” trying to steal it.
The advantages of using a mobile medical device should outweigh any concerns over i-pad theft or tablet theft. Mobile devices are small and easier to move between patients or hospital rooms that older laptop carts. There are also the benefits of being able to have all of a patient’s medical records available at the tip of the finger, literally. Notes can be entered directly in the tablet as an alternative to being transcribed from paper. Rather than toting clipboards with paperwork or pushing around the cart, a medical i-pad can be easily carried or placed in a medical lab coat pocket.
Another advantage of the mobile medical device is the variety of medical apps available for down load. There is an app for prescription cross references, a 3D human body atlas, a visual reference tool for dermatology diagnosis, even a procedures consultation. While computer applications are available for medical programs and similar reference tools, the ease of using the i-pad or tablet makes it more versatile, even allowing doctors to view scan and imaging results directly with patients on the mobile device.
Of course, the fact that the mobile device is so small and does have resale value does make an i-pad theft or tablet theft a possibility if there are no security measures in place. Alpha Thunder Tags, when attached to devices are that security and are a deterrence to a thief. Frequently, when a would-be thief sees an anti-theft device, even in a retail store, they tend to avoid it rather than take a chance of setting off an alarm.
With the knowledge that Alpha Thunder Tags can protect mobile medical devices it would be a shame for a medical office not to take advantage of the benefits offered by an i-pad or tablet. Make your office more efficient and upgrade today.
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