NorthEast Medical Center in North Carolina first to test new EMS Mobile Clinical Workstation

Atlanta 05 February 2001At the annual Healthcare Information and Medical Management Systems Society Conference and Exhibition (HIMSS), held from February 4 to 8 in New Orleans, EMS Wireless, a division of EMS Technologies Inc., has presented both an entry-level and a more advanced version of its Mobile Clinical Workstation, designed to give hospitals more cost-effective options in their wireless applications at the patient point of care. The Mobile Clinical Workstation line allows a standard platform for users at all levels.


The advanced product, the Mobile Clinical Workstation II, features an Intel Pentium III 866 MHz processor and a variety of options and accessories, making this the performance leader in wireless data communications as the follow-on to the highly successful Mobile Clinical Workstation. This new workstation can support more advanced applications, including patient training and high data-rate applications, such as video conferencing.

The entry level product, the Mobile Clinical Workstation LT, priced at under $3500, gives entry-level users access to wireless mobile computing at a reasonable price. Both versions have the same easy to use features of the original Mobile Clinical Workstation including a full-size keyboard, mouse, large height-adjustable work surface, battery supply, convenient storage space, and wireless connectivity over a high-speed 802.11b wireless network.

"Our products are designed to give clinicians the ability to offer more services at the point of care while also reducing errors through automated processes", stated Keith Washington, general manager, Healthcare Products at EMS Technologies. "By standardising the platform, we are making a variety of new wireless applications easy for our customers to implement", added Mr. Washington.

NorthEast Medical Center in Concord, one of 3 designated trauma centres in North Carolina, is among the first medical institutions to trial the enhanced workstation in the hospital's Emergency Room Department. "We worked closely with EMS to customise the system for use in the emergency room", explained Gilda Burgin, Emergency Care Center registration supervisor for NorthEast Medical Center.

"Our doctors, nurses, and registration staff are very pleased with the system. But our patients are the happiest. They are assigned to a room and are immediately registered right there, eliminating the time they spend in the waiting room. Currently, we are planning to use these systems in other departments hospital-wide", Mrs. Burgin added.

The workstations are available for sale directly through EMS Wireless, or through the company's software partners, such as Eclipsys Corporation. The EMS Mobile Clinical Workstations, also marketed under the company's LXE brand, are now being marketed by EMS Wireless. EMS Wireless provides a range of products, including products with broadband capabilities which enable two-way delivery of high-speed Internet and data inside buildings.

EMS Technologies Inc. is an innovator in the design and manufacture of wireless and satellite solutions, and focuses its unique range of advanced technologies on the needs of broadband and mobile information users. The company employs almost 2000 people throughout the world and has major manufacturing facilities in Atlanta, Ottawa, Montreal, and Brazil.

Leslie Versweyveld

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