Technology is making huge advances in all spheres of life, especially in healthcare. Clinicians have a wider range of devices at their disposal and can choose the best device based on their needs. With increased connectivity, clinicians are able to turn to mobile devices for their portability and versatility, but for certain tasks that require a large screen size, plugged-in capability and high-performance power, all-in-one (AiO) desktop computers might be a better bet.
The right device for the right time
AiO computers are capable of performing multiple functions that require a huge amount of data, making them ideal for many situations in a healthcare setting. For instance:
- Senior administrators can use the touch and voice commands, combined with large and immersive screens to quickly navigate through large data files or numerous reports. Plus, AiOs take up little precious room on the desk or at a shared station, and technologies like Intel® RealSense™ can use facial recognition as a sign-on for added protection in a multi-user environment.
- Surgeons in the operating room can connect critical monitoring devices to new AiOs so that real-time data needed by anesthesiologists, nurses, and physicians, along with a patient’s full medical history, is consolidated onto one large screen during a procedure. This provides a more holistic view of the patient to make better operating room decisions.
- Doctors and nurses can use an AiO to replace a bedside terminal to collaborate with patients on critical care questions. After they sign off, the desktop can also be used by the patient and family members as their big-screen TV, streaming music station, or voice-enabled Web browsing desktop.
- Teleradiologists will appreciate the large processing power and screen size of an AiO to examine X-rays and CAT scans in minute detail. With touch integration, they can rotate, enlarge, measure, and expand images without maxing out the processing requirements like you would on a laptop. The sleek footprint also gives new AiOs better usability in tight spaces, such as patient examination rooms or the ER, and it’s easy to plug in a handheld microphone for direct dictation.
- Ob-gyns can take advantage of new, low-cost technology such as the USB probes that plug into AiOs to become ultrasound machines. Imagine being able to save tens of thousands of dollars on stand-alone ultrasound equipment by making use of the powerful performance and features of new desktop computers.
Better workflow and security
Unlike mobile devices where data can experience lag while it’s sent to and from the cloud, desktop systems connect directly to the network to streamline workflow because everything is updated in real time. This can be especially valuable in hospital areas where Wi-Fi is problematic or rooms that are purposely built to block X-rays. To speed things up even further, no additional encryption is needed for data both in flight and at rest, as would be for a mobile wireless device.
Additionally, Intel® vPro™ technology allows these powerful devices to be easily and even remotely managed, which can be especially valuable for smaller clinics that don’t have a dedicated IT department. Lastly, AiOs offer more physical security—it’s difficult to walk off with a desktop after all.
What questions about desktop computers in healthcare do you have? Do you use both mobile and desktop in your healthcare environment?