Tangent to exhibit new medical-grade PC line-up at HIMSS to help health care go digital

Orlando 19 February 2008Tangent Inc., a provider of technology solutions, is exhibiting a full line of medical-grade PC's at HIMSS, including all-in-one, point-of-care PCs, a fanless and cart-ready, energy efficient PC, a rugged mini PC, wash-down ready workstations, monitors, keyboards and an e-mail archival appliance.

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"Our cost-effective and reliable medical-grade computers meet the highest standards in patient point-of-care and the diverse range of needs in today's health care facility", stated Tangent CEO Doug Monsour. "Reliable touch screen solutions make data entry much easier. High contrast ratio, wide view angle, high resolution monitors enable better medical image review by medical practitioners."

Among the new products is the Medix 1500, a medical grade, point-of-care, touch screen PC with a 15-17" display and exceptional power savings by using a L2400 Intel Core Duo 15 watt CPU - others use 21-27 watt CPUs. The medical grade PC is also fanless, which provides a dust-free operation and makes it easier to clean using a 10 percent bleach/water disinfectant solution whereas the competition uses fans and exposed ventilation holes making it difficult to spray with cleaning agents.

The Medix1500 weighs only l6,9 lbs making it light enough for cart-based applications. It also comes with a shock-absorbing HDD mounting system to absorb impacts in cart applications. The starting price is $2795.

Tangent is also showing several new medical cart optimized computing devices, including an ultra power-efficient fanless Evergreen model with optional touch screen, based upon a nine watt VIA CPU. It is available as a thin client or as a power-efficient PC that uses 70 percent less energy than the current Energy Star 4.0 specifications.

Another PC product that is being exhibited is a small form factor, fanless PC called the Rugged Mini VF which, when teamed with a cost-effective medical cart, dramatically reduces the cost of cart-based solutions.

Tangent is also exhibiting DataCove, an e-mail archival appliance that allows hospitals and other medical providers to meet new federal regulations to archive e-mail, IM and digital communications.

DataCove is a simple, affordable way for organisations to index and archive e-mail and instant messages in compliance with new Federal regulations, including HIPAA compliance as well as the other standard FRCP compliance. It is targeted toward medical Security Officers, Compliance Officers, Risk Managers, Human Resources, IT, legal departments and others concerned with electronic data retention.

With a starting price of less than $6000, DataCove is a plug-and-play appliance that can be installed anywhere in the network. DataCove is easy to install and manage and features effortless search and retrieval, redundant disk and tape archiving, and a fully searchable database with intuitive web-based menus for easy use.

Founded in 1989, Tangent provides technology solutions to education, government, corporate, and health care markets. Tangent's award-winning technology includes desktops, notebooks, wireless labs, thin clients, and servers. Tangent products have earned numerous awards. More company news is available in the VMW December 2007 article Tangent announces "green" industrial strength touch screen all-in-one computer.


Leslie Versweyveld

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