The Trauma, Burn and Emergency Surgery Division of the University of Michigan Medical Centre (UMMC) is a typical advanced health care environment with pressing workplace efficiency and mobility needs. The UMMC staff therefore has decided to provide all departments of the division with Point 510, RF-equipped, pen tablet computers, designed by Fujitsu Personal Systems, in order to enhance the accessibility to medical data for both physicians and nurses, while they keep interacting with their patients at the same time. The mobile computing system indeed offers a rich information display without disturbing the active communication between care provider and patient.
The Windows95-based Point 510 computers consist of a 10.4" SuperVGA colour display, a 100 MHz processor, as well as incorporated RF communications. They are especially being manufactured for hospitals and health care facilities to lower costs and optimise performances. The pen tablets are integrated in a Proxim RF wireless local area network (LAN) module, enabling the health care workers to manage intensive data input and to dispose of real-time patient information at any given moment. As a matter of fact, the pen computers can be placed on carts, provided with optional keyboards, thus efficiently saving workspace and guaranteeing an improved mobility from room to room. The system first will be installed in the emergency room.
For the UMMC Trauma Division management, the main reasons for selecting the pen tablets, included the need to avoid transcription errors, occurring between the paper charts and the data base, and to streamline medical treatments by offering the care takers a greater flexibility. The low-cost mobile computing system allows physicians and nurses to examine the patient, retrieve and introduce the necessary data, and keep up to date an accurate database, all at once during their patient's visit. The pen tablets system is being distributed by Systems Engineering Consultants, a Michigan headquartered vendor of clinical information systems.