Military hospitals and clinics are found at military bases and posts around the world. However, some military hospitals are in austere clinical environments or those in which limited resources hamper the achievement of optimal patient outcomes. There was a time too when many veterans had a difficult time accessing specialty healthcare services because they lived in rural areas. Some even had to travel many miles to see a specialist at the nearest VA hospital that had one. But now telemedicine has made it possible to receive healthcare without needing to be in the physical presence of a specialist.
The same technology has also changed how active duty service members are diagnosed and treated. Wherever they happen to be in the world or in the field, telemedicine and satellite communications now enable them to receive expert medical help.
Medical tablets aid military hospitals and clinical environments in improving patient care and internal operations efficiency. Medical tablets enable fast mobilization no matter the environment to be able to provide care and treatment.
3 Ways Medical Tablets Aid Military Healthcare Operations
In environments where there are deployments, missions, and other events, admissions can quickly create a unique login for a new patient on a patient portal, and then all “paperwork” can be completed on the tablet and automatically uploaded to that patient’s file in real-time. DT Research medical tablets are also antimicrobial, so they help prevent the spread of germs, something you won’t find on a clipboard that’s been passed from one patient to another throughout the day. Paperless transactions speed up patient care and enable treatment quickly in fast-paced environments.
A rugged medical tablet can be brought into these areas without the need to worry about equipment breaking down. Their rugged build combined with both wireless technology and LTE connectivity make these the perfect computing solutions for mobile health clinics. These mobile computers can be brought into makeshift hospitals to provide telehealth consultations with physicians and then can be used to go to different locations to log patient information into a central database.
Something as simple as access to flu shots can be alleviated by a mobile clinic, but they still need something to record the medical data. Personnel can quickly access patient records on a medical tablet while out in the field to ensure both the quality and the accuracy of the care they are providing.
Patient Data Protection
Medical-grade tablets are also designed with security in mind. First and foremost is the ability to integrate cameras, RFID readers, and smart card/CAC readers into the design of the tablet. It is important to make sure that any tablet you invest in is single-sign-on certified. This ensures that only authorized users can log into the unit. It is also highly unlikely that any patient data will actually be stored locally on the tablet’s hard drive. While a tablet is a convenient way to record patient data, the connectivity options mean that the data is automatically uploaded to EMR software and is stored on a secure server. Even if a tablet is misplaced, no unauthorized user will be able to sign in to the device or access any sensitive data.
Power and mobility, resistance to microorganisms and water, medical certifications to safeguard the patient, and simple, intuitive use are all features of the best medical tablets for healthcare. These elements are critical in resolving the day-to-day issues that military hospitals frequently confront, which can result in costly outcomes—both financially and in terms of patient care.
Medical rugged tablets from DT Research, the leading manufacturer of purpose-built computing solutions for vertical markets, include a unique 2-in-1 flexible architecture that allows the unit to be used as a handheld tablet or as part of a mobile medical cart system.
The tablets are antimicrobial, UL60601-1 certified, IP65 rated, and come with a stunning capacitive touchscreen display measuring 6-inch (362MD), 10.1-inch (301MD), 13.3-inch (313MD), 15.6-inch (316), or 17-inch (373). Wireless connectivity technology, BT, data capturing modules, and 4G Mobile Broadband are all built-in. In a variety of settings, such as military bases and VA hospitals, these medical tablets are an excellent tool for monitoring, recording, and retrieving patient information, while also providing fast, effective patient care in fast-paced situations.