Seven Features to Look For when Selecting a Medical Grade Computer

Written by on February 27, 2015 in Practice tips - No comments

Medical Grade Computers are becoming a necessity whether you are practicing in a small clinic or managing major healthcare facilities.  With many available choices, it is important to narrow down which features are the most important for your facility so you can ensure the best computer hardware fit. When choosing a medical grade computer, consider these seven factors:

1. Medical Certification

Electronic Medical Certification has been a requirement in much of Europe for some time and is quickly migrating over to the Americas.  If this is a requirement for your facility within the next five years, you will need to find medical grade computers that are EN/UL 60601-1 certified as well as possible general electronic equipment certifications such as LVD, VCCI, CE, FCC Class B and ISO 14971. Medical Electronic certification is put in place to protect the integrity of the system functions, the user, and the patient from receiving electronic surges.

2. Anti-bacterial Coating

iPadDocWEBSome medical computers have an anti-bacterial coating. This cuts down on the spread of MRSA and other bacteria that can grow on high traffic surfaces. Having an anti-bacterial coating on touch screen medical computers can bring down your HAI (Healthcare Associated Infections) which are tracked by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).  Any way to contribute to decreasing overall length of hospital stays as well as the number of post operational infections will improve patient care as well as contribute to better CDC ratings on your facility.

3. EMR/EHR and other Medical Software Compatible

Medical Grade computers are most commonly used to run EMR/EHR interactive programs or used in conjunction with diagnostics and patient monitoring.  These types of programs require demanding processors which can integrate large amounts of data quickly. Finding the hardware that runs your operating system platform combined with a robust processor will help you to easily run current and future software.

4. Good Device Connectivity with Needed Input / Outputs

As medicine and technology increasingly integrate, it is important to choose a medical grade computer that will connect with medical devices, networks, and sometimes be used as a communication device to connect people.  The hardware necessary for this could include COM ports, USB ports, mics, cameras, RFID readers, barcode scanners, wireless options and more.

5. Great Placement Options and Aesthetics

Many things contribute to creating a healing environment. Some of the most impactful environmental factors often go unnoticed such as color and smooth lines.  A medical computer is a core piece of equipment and should be able to be placed anywhere in a healthcare facility while contributing to an overall peaceful aesthetic. Choosing an all-in-one medical pc will greatly reduce wires, clutter and surfaces to collect bacteria. Medical grade computers are typically available in white in order to not visually disrupt a healing environment. A well designed computer will also convey that your facility cares about every detail thus giving patients higher overall satisfaction.

6. Ability to Run 24/7 365

Medical care never stops and there is always an important task at hand.  Consumer grade computers are not made to run 24/7 365. The hardware in medical grade computers should be made with industrial grade components so that the internal functions do not burn out.  Reliable healthcare computers offer a great ROI (return on investment) as they do not need to be constantly replaced as they are designed to function non-stop for years on end.

7. Great Customer Service

When buying a product, you are putting your trust in the company that sells it. Select a medical grade computer from a company with an excellent reputation among your colleagues and one with industry experience. Get to know your medical grade computer provider to ensure that they will support you through any technical challenge that may come up.  Sales reps can guide you in finding a computer with the features you want while explaining the amount of support you can expect to receive over the computer’s lifetime.

A medical grade computer is a major investment, so think strategically and choose one that will support the best possible medical care for your patients while keeping physicians and purchasing officers happy. Choosing a computer using these seven factors to determine your needs can help you reach an efficient decision.

Author Bio:
Shira Sagal is a graduate of Asbury University and now works as the Content Manager for Teguar Computers. Teguar provides medical grade computers to healthcare professionals in order to help increase their standard of care.

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