Location: Tri-Service General Hospital, Taiwan
The Tri-Service General Hospital in Taiwan originally served as an army hospital in 1946. Today the hospital serves as a teaching hospital, provides general clinical care, as well as speciality treatment for aerospace medicine, undersea medicine and nuclear radiation injury. As a first-rate teaching hospital, TSGH responds to rapid changes in the medical environment at its central facility by continually improving processes, medical resources, and technologies. The hospital had been using makeshift medical cart technology with commerical PCs, a cabling mess, cleaning issues, short battery life and off-the-shelf displays which just didn’t fit. In addition, hospital staff identified the need to add diagnostic displays outside patient rooms in the ICU. The scope of the new project required durable, medical-grade devices that could provide patient monitoring, diagnosis and connectivity to legacy systems in the hospital.
With Advantech’s support, hospital administrators chose a solution for its nursing carts based on the PIT-1502W, a Patient Infotainment Terminal with a 15” display, and fanless, lightweight design. For use outside the ICU, the hospital selected the PIT-1702 model, with its 17” display and VESA swivel-arm mounting. Both systems are medically certified (UL60601-1/EN60601-1), with an IP65 rated front panel. The systems can be cleaned with anti-bacterial cleansers. Cable management for the TSGH nursing cart is convenient and effective. The swivel arm allows easy access and viewing, and the display can be stowed out of the way when not in use. Built-in WiFi provides connectivity to the hospital’s PACS systems and other information systems, delivering real-time information to medical staff allowing them to work smarter, and positive identification via RFID prevents unauthorized access.
Advantech’s PIT-1702 Patient Infotainment Terminal is quiet and mounts unobtrusively outside the ICU area. It helps staff with monitoring, recording patient information, and retrieving vital data from hospital information systems. An LED alert is able to signal staff when attention is needed, improving response and care to the patient.
The hospital installed 15 PIT-1502W units on nursing carts and 55 PIT-1702 unitsat the ICU as its first phase of the project. Both systems have been very well received by staff. The next phase of the project will expand use of the systems inside the ICU and in patient rooms at bedside for staff use, meal ordering and medical data access. Key benefits to the hospital are:
- Easy to use touchscreen interface
- WiFi connectivity to hospital information systems
- Long-lasting battery life (6-8 hours) for use through an entire shift on the nursing cart
- Wide range of electrical input: 12VDC-90VDC
- Cable management and swivel arm mounts
- Medical-grade rating and fanless operation for reliable and quiet use
- Anti-dust design that is easy to clean
- Improved hospital hygiene with anti-bacterial materials that reduce the risk of germs and infections by 98%
- Waterproof IP65-rated front panel and 10G anti-vibration rating
- Smartcard authentication of medical personnel
- Increased efficiency for hospital staff
For more information about the PIT-1502W, the PIT-1702, or other Advantech products and services, please visit www.advantech.com or contact a local sales office.