Tremont's Point-of-Care workstations integrated into Data General's health care solutions

Westboro 04 February 1999 Tremont Medical Inc. has been established in 1992 as a designer of mobile computers and wireless workstations for the health care industry. Recently, the company has signed a partnering agreement with Data General to market its Point-of-Care Terminal (PCT) product family together with the AViiON enterprise servers, CLARiiON storage systems, Local Area Network solutions and other Point-of-Care (POC) products, provided by Data General. From now on, medical enterprises will be offered a comprehensive as well as integrated set of qualitative health care solutions.

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Tremont Medical Inc. has been established in 1992 as a designer of mobile computers and wireless workstations for the health care industry. Recently, the company has signed a partnering agreement with Data General to market its Point-of-Care Terminal (PCT) product family together with the AViiON enterprise servers, CLARiiON storage systems, Local Area Network solutions and other Point-of-Care (POC) products, provided by Data General. From now on, medical enterprises will be offered a comprehensive as well as integrated set of qualitative health care solutions.

Tremont's PCT workstations provide hospital staff with a handy platform from which nurses are able to access electronic patient records in real time and change data, that are stored in the clinical information system. The personal computers are equipped with a flat 17 or 12-inch screen, and are fully integrated into a mobile medical cart. As a result, nurses easily can perform the electronic update near the patient's bedside, at the very moment when they are taking vital signs or listening to the patient's possible findings with regard to the symptoms he is suffering from and the planned treatment he will be submitted to.

In the past, nurses first had to write the patient's data down on paper before it could be entered into the hospital information system via the permanently located computer station. The mobile environment for data capture enables nursing staff to save precious time whereas the quality level of patient care is being improved. The PCT workstations meet the high standards, required by the health care industry, in terms of wireless connectivity, high-performance computing, theft-resistant mobility, power management and built-in medical ergonomics, according to Rick Cumberland, who is vice president of clinical computing for Data General.

Tremont offers three different PCT workstation configurations for various end user needs. As the most complete model, the SC-1000 consists of a personal computer, mobile cart and battery. The LT-1000 type has been turned from a physician's laptop into a mobile workstation while the MC-1000 type is an independent workstation, to be attached if the need occurs to a conventional medical cart. All three models operate in an open architecture based either on a Windows or a UNIX platform. The workstations provide uninterrupted remote access to the hospital information system for al least eight hours.

Additional ergonomic features include adjustable height, a left/right table for mouse placing, a set of secure drawers for storage, a low centre of gravity for stability and ease of movement between patient bedsides, as well as a highly durable construction to withstand the demanding conditions of the hospital environment. In the future, health care customers will only have to address themselves to Data General as the single source distributor in Point-of-Care solutions for enterprise-wide installation. The strategic expansion with the triple product line of Tremont Medical enables the company to provide health care facilities with a powerful system, which allows immediate availability of patient data for clinicians.


Leslie Versweyveld

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