Panasonic’s Toughbook has gone beyond the enterprise as it recently found itself in the hands of nursing staff in Brisbane, Queensland.
Local system integrator, Pacific Data Systems, recently assisted Bundaleer Lodge and Algester Lodge in deploying Toughbook CF-H1 MCA devices to be used in medical facilities.
Bundaleer Lodge director, Susan Dreyer, said the notebooks had to satisfy criteria such durability, reliability and ease-of-use before they were considered for the Queensland nursing homes.
“Our nurse care manager has told me that staff are amazed at how stress-free a round is using the Toughbook,” she said.
Dreyer said ruggedness and battery life were other criteria that had to be considered to ensure that the solution would meet the challenges of a medical environment.
“We have other electronic equipment that gets a lot of abuse during the working day,” she said.
“In the past items have gone through the wash, had medications spilt on them, been dropped in the toilet and even been run over by a mower, so we needed a device that could tolerate some of our expected and unexpected accidents.”
How the Toughbook CF-H1 attempts to overcome these challenges is through a fanless tablet design and no open ports.
This also enables the device to be easily and safely sanitised with hospital-grade disinfectant to reduce the spread of infection.
“We wanted the units to be able to be wiped down without harm coming to them,” Dreyer said.
While other popular consumer level laptops and consumer tablets were considered for the medical institutions, the decision ultimately hinged on the ruggedness of the device.
“The very likely possibility is that the units would be dropped or have water or medications poured over them,” Dreyer said.
The Toughbook was thus selected based on the impression that it would need the least amount of maintenance.
“This has certainly been the case,” Dreyer said.
When asked whether there were plans to purchase additional Toughbooks to both facilities, Dreyer confirmed that this was on the cards following the completion of extensions later this year.