Hewlett-Packard partner BCA IT has been awarded a contract by the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) in Victoria to supply over 450 Compaq Tablet PCs.
As part of the million-dollar contract, BCA IT will supply Microsoft Windows XP-based Compaq Tablet PCs with GPRS to mobile nursing staff, allowing nurses to access and manage relevant client data, download schedules and upload visit details in real time.
Ian Cash, general manager of information services at RDNS said the Tablet PC's unique versatility appealed to them.
“It was a necessity that RDNS’ staff be equipped with the most advanced technology to administer to their clients, hence the decision to purchase Tablet PCs,” said Cash.
“Economical power usage, long battery life, a small footprint and good screen visibility outdoors were all important selection criteria. The Compaq Tablet PC is seen to be a big step forward in pen-based devices, allowing RDNS nurses to complete client registrations, referrals, assessments and record visit activities while in the [patient’s] home.”
RDNS employ over 1250 staff and pay more than 1.3 million house visits to clients per year. This initiative will see the mobile PCs rolled out across all of RDNS’ 20 centres by the end of 2003.