Medical Business Applications:
Healthcare utilizes some of the best and worst technology. The system for
recording a patient
encounter has not changed much since the turn of the last century. Healthcare is
an industry that is highly inefficient, plagued with OVER utilization,
duplication, high administrative costs, no quality assurance plan, no continuity
of care, excessive paperwork and a complex and outdated billing system.
is not the only thing, it is everything.
This is especially true in
the health field, where life and death, sickness and health, can be contingent
on communication or lack of it. The device should connect to the physician's
practice management system to check patient information and record visits. While
at the hospital, the device should connect to the hospital's information systems
to obtain lab results or enter orders. Whether it is the emergency room of a hospital,
writing a prescription to the pharmacy, or a simple patient encounter in the office, communication is paramount.
Computers facilitate communication.
I have owned multiple TabletPC in the past,
including Grid Convertible, Fujitus Stylistic, IBM 360-P, Dauphin
Orasis. Pound for pound, this Fujitsu is the best.
3 lb., color, touch screen, pen unit, enables me to execute a patient
encounter with all the added
benefits of a Windows OS, Office Professional Software, and robust
applications. (Finding good medical software is another subject).
- Only 3.08 lbs. for easy ambulation
- Touch Screen and or pen capabilities for easy navigation, as well as take
advantage of medical applications utilizing touch pictures and diagrams
- Pen Office for writing directly in my
applications (add on).
- Voice dictation if desired (add on). I am
using L&H Voice Express Professional with built in mic on notebook
(small notebooks have internal noise which affects quality of voice).
- A 10.4" TFT display
- keyboard for times when typing is a must
- Fully-integrated 56K V.90 modem
- Integrated Ethernet LAN for connecting to LAN or hook into an
external DSL modem!
- 400MHz Intel® Celeron™
pre-installed, I am upgrading to 2000
- Optional USB digital camera
- 64Ram, I upgraded to 128
- 6 gig hard drive
- 3 hours of battery (fully re-charge at
lunch ....when on standby).
caveat: No cd rom. User must network to CD
or buy external CD ROM. This is necessary to keep the weight down.
1. Notebook $1799
2. PC card $152 for notebook
3. PC card $152 for server
4. ISA/PCI card recipient for #3 card
Total for ad hoc Wireless connection, in November 99, with Notebook: $2162.
The ideal solution is:
1. Access Point
2. PC card in each device (notebook/tablet/Pocketpc
11Mb PC Card for Notebook or CE device
11Mb ISA/PCI Solution for