Thursday, August 26, 2010

Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 and Community Healthcare Workers and Patients

There's a story on eHealthNews.eu titled, "Community Healthcare Workers and Patients Benefit From the Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1." The CF-C1 is a super-light convertible tablet PC. I saw it at HIMSS this year and was quite impressed by its design.

Here are a few snippets from the story:

Panasonic CorporationThe Panasonic Toughbook CF-C1 will bring major benefits to community healthcare workers and patients alike, claimed NHS leaders speaking at BT's unveiling of the Toughbook as a key component of its Mobile Health Worker solution.

The CF-C1, a rugged yet lightweight notebook that can be used in clamshell or tablet form, was designed with the healthcare worker in mind, using specific feedback from the NHS.

Along with a hand-free ergonomic strap that enables users to enter information with one hand, the CF-C1 features a multi-touch screen that can even be used whilst wearing gloves. The touchscreen works in clamshell as well as in tablet mode and the toughened triple hinge keeps the screen rigid while the user types.

Trevor Wright, Deputy Chief Information Officer at Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority said the introduction of the CF-C1 would be another major step forward in using "technology effectively to transform quality and performance in the NHS."

Kirklees CHS has seen that by using the Toughbooks, as an integral part BT's Mobile Health Worker solution, staff can now spend more time with patients and less time in the office - making an additional one or two patient visits a day. The quality of information recorded in patient records has also improved because the healthcare worker can input information alongside the patient and travel costs have been cut, saving an estimated £600,000 a year.

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