Advantages of Rugged Medical Computers in Healthcare

The importance of rugged technology within a healthcare environment should not go underestimated. Providing workers with technology that helps to improve both the patient and worker experience while providing safe, clean and secure technology should be of the utmost importance. Group Mobile’s Healthcare solutions can provide you with beginning to end rugged technology and implementation for your medical environment.

Healthcare workers aim to spend their time providing the highest quality patient care possible for their hospital or other medical facility. In order to do so they need to be able to spend more time with their patients, rather than with antiquated data entry processes or technology that doesn’t work for their needs. That’s where rugged medical computers or Medical Clinical Assistants (MCA) come in. Manufacturers have been releasing lighter, more durable computers than can stand environments where harsh cleaners and liquids are common.

Top Features for Rugged Medical Computers

  • Lightweight with an ergonomic design
  • Advanced connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Gobi 3g, and GPS)
  • Improved input functionality (built-in cameras, barcode readers, RFID scanners, etc.)

Superior Connectivity

Rugged computers provide the best technology for medical professionals seeking advanced connectivity. Whether you’re in a hospital or remote medical facility, being able to quickly connect to the internet to access records, medical databases, or communication channels is extremely important.

Gobi 4G technology allows practitioners to get online anywhere with a 4G cell network. Computers with the Gobi technology have the ability to connect to several networks, for as close to a guaranteed connection as you will get today. Users no longer have to be worried about being out of network for their carrier, like Verizon or AT&T. Gobi users are able to connect to either network in the US as well as over 350 other networks from Austria to Yemen. The Getac rx10h is a fantastic option for healthcare professionals and offers optional Gobi mobile broadband.

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Seamless Medical and Patient Data Storage

Healthcare professionals can easily have access to electronic medical records (EMR) in different patient care areas with the help of rugged computers. As a result, medical organizations are able to decrease the amount of inaccuracies, human errors and loss of patient information that happens with the paper-keeping system.  Rugged technology also allows for doctors or nurses to take notes, write prescriptions or enter other pertinent patient information right at the point of care. The DT Research DT313’s integrated capabilities like built-in SmartCard/CAC reader, 2D barcode scanner, NFC reader and mobile broadband make it a robust solution for information capture within the healthcare industry.

Efficient Inventory Management

Keeping inventory lists up to date is important when it comes to patient treatment and care. If a doctor can see when a medicine is out of stock, they can quickly adjust their treatment plan right from the point of care. This type of technology can also help in tracking highly regulated drugs that can be abused or wrongly prescribed. Computers can log inventory and track a certain drug’s history with a patient, eliminating human error.

Simplified Communication

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are able to easily communicate by using a mobile technology solution. Teams can easily collaborate in real time on a patient’s treatment without having to make multiple notes or trips to the patient’s medical record, everything is in the palm of your hand.

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Advanced Patient Training and Guidance

Point of care computers allow medical professionals to easily communicate or demonstrate treatments, surgeries or other important details to patients. Providing patients with simple, visual demonstrations can help them to make the best decisions regarding their treatment or plan of healthcare.

Contact us today to learn more about the right solution for your organization.

Rugged Tablet Solutions for Forklifts

When you’re working in a harsh environment, it can impact the type of equipment and technology you are able to use. Creating streamlined technology services and solutions that provide safe and durable functionality for harsh environments is our specialty. Check out our rugged tablet solutions for forklifts.

Traditionally, forklift computers have been in a stationary position. This has prevented operators from completing tasks where they need to mobile. Being able to un-dock and carry the technology to your point of work provides an ease of use and increased efficiency for the forklift operator. That’s where Group Mobile’s rugged tablets come in.

Featured Tablets

Getac F110

Featuring a 3-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, the Getac F110 has 4GB RAM (expandable to 8GB), and a 128GB solid state drive (upgrade to 256GB or 512GB solid state drives available). This fully rugged tablet also features built in WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 to keep workers connected. Use the hot-swappable batteries for endless power supply without needing to shut down applications or the operating system.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2

This fully rugged, yet lightweight tablet is an ideal solution for forklifts. The Toughpad FZ-A2 features 4GB of Ram and 32GB of onboard storage. The tablet weighs in at just under two pounds, making it an ideal pick for those requiring easy portability in more demanding environments.

Select one of three integrated configurations each equipped with optional features:

  • Integrated barcode reader – ideal for warehouse and distribution applications
  • Smart Card Reader for enhanced security
  • Additional USB port for increased device connectivity

Mounting Your Rugged Tablet

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Most forklift operators prefer their tablet to be mounted at either eye-level or overhead for ease of use. We provide multiple mounting solutions to ensure we find the best fit for you. Our forklift mounting solutions include products from Havis, Gamber-Johnson, RAM and more.

Here are some of our rugged tablet mounts for forklifts available now:

Forklift Mount: Clam Shell with Large Plate

RAM Forklift Mounting Kit

Indoor and Outdoor Use

Our selection of rugged tablets provides the very best in weather proof materials for both indoor and outdoor use. Tablets like the Getac F110 protect against dirt, dust, water, motion, vibration, temperature and other factors that could easily damage a commercial-grade tablet. If you are in an environment where you may interact with explosives, we’ve got tablets to handle that as well.

Once you’ve selected your rugged tablet, contact us to make sure you’re set up with the mounts and power adaptors that will work best for your solution. Having trouble selecting which rugged tablet or mounting system is best? We can help with that too.

Xplore Rugged Tablets in Manufacturing

The computing needs of a manufacturing plant go beyond what most jobs require. Workers need these devices to work optimally both indoors and outdoors. The demands of the manufacturing environment require devices with resiliency, mobility, and ruggedness — the exact qualities Xplore rugged tablets possess.

When customers peruse the automobile sales floor, the appliance store, or look online for the right piece of equipment, they give little thought to the individuals that manufacture these products or the tough environments where they work. The men and women that design and manufacture Xplore rugged tablets, however, are thinking of these exact people when designing rugged mobile computing devices.

The Manufacturing Workplace

Workers in manufacturing floor environments require more rugged computing power than ever before. Xplore rugged tablets are an ideal solution for manufacturing plant personnel. They are designed for workers that need:

  • Computing devices that withstand the knocks and dust of manufacturing
  • Reliable mobile technology that can handle plant maintenance, inspections, and quality control operations
  • Optimized solutions to improve logistics
  • Simple transitions from older computing systems with desktop and laptop computers to efficient rugged tablets
  • Security and data privacy

Why Rugged Tablets for Manufacturing?

No matter how “careful” you are with technology, simply “being careful” on the floor of a manufacturing plant is not enough. Certain hazards are simply unavoidable.

The computing needs of a manufacturing plant go beyond what most jobs require. Mobile devices in manufacturing find their way into the hands of rugged individuals handling assembly, repair, and maintenance. Workers need these devices to work optimally both indoors and outdoors. The demands of the manufacturing environment require devices with resiliency, mobility, and ruggedness — the exact qualities Xplore rugged tablets possess.

An average consumer-grade mobile computer is not designed to handle the hazards of a manufacturing workplace or the vibrations generated by manufacturing equipment —forklifts, heavy machinery, power tools, for example. And the IT department doesn’t always like to enter the manufacturing area, so you need devices you can rely on.

Xplore Rugged Tablets: More Than Just Rugged

Avoiding manufacturing hazards is only part of the solution for providing durable computers in a rugged environment. You need devices that have constant access to real-time data and the ability to integrate with applications and networks.

Xplore rugged tablets for manufacturing function seamlessly with serial ports, USB connectors, RFID readers, barcode scanners, and all the specific hardware and software used in manufacturing. That means you can manage parts installation and inspection, report compliance, track inventory, mobilize workflow, and collect critical data.

Xplore Rugged Tablets for Automobile Manufacturing

With the increasing demand for quality, manufacturers, engineers, production managers, assembly line operators, and manufacturing inspectors want constant access to data, data that they can find in electronic user manuals, work orders, repair tickets, and shipping labels.

Xplore rugged computing tablets provide a paperless environment that helps the right people move fast, deliver real-time data, schedule parts delivery, and track quality.

Here’s what Xplore rugged tablets can help auto manufacturers do

  • Review and assign daily job orders
  • Assist the production line with real-time documentation and data retrieval
  • Help the production line communicate throughout the plant
  • Help with inspection, maintenance and repair tasks
  • Connect to and track sophisticated machinery
  • Document incidents

Xplore Rugged Tablets for Aviation/Aerospace Manufacturing

The aviation and aerospace industry produces the most sophisticated, automated and electronically controlled aircraft ever. You don’t manufacture such advanced airplanes and components without using the most advanced equipment. Xplore designs its rugged tablet technology for the most complex manufacturing jobs — an aircraft, for example.

With Xplore rugged mobile computing devices, you can transform the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of your entire aviation and aerospace manufacturing operation with highly flexible mobile workflows. Here’s what Xplore rugged tablets can do.

  • Streamline plant floor processes with paperless factories
  • Accelerate information delivery to anywhere in the manufacturing line
  • Manage scheduling
  • Refine maintenance planning
  • Improve workforce scheduling
  • Improve quality management
  • Access electronic user manuals and review complex diagrams

When it comes to Xplore mobile computers in manufacturing, Group Mobile  knows exactly what you need. Group Mobile specializes in providing a perfectly customized mobile solution for every customer.

Rugged Mobile Devices for Outdoor Computing

Using an rugged mobile computing device that’s up to the task of working outdoors saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs.

Harsh weather shouldn’t be a barrier to using mobile computers on-site. A rugged device that can stand up to an unpleasant environment is a huge help for inspections, surveying, temporary checkpoints, emergency services, journalism, and crowd management. Using a device that’s up to the task saves money in the long run, thanks to lower repair and replacement costs. A ruggedized device lasts longer because it can:

  • Survive falling on hard surfaces.
  • Withstand extremes and sudden changes of temperature.
  • Go out in rain and snow without damage.
  • Present a readable display in sunlight.

When choosing a mobile device for regular outdoor use, you should look for two important ratings. A good IP (ingress protection) rating tells you that liquids and particles can’t get inside it. MIL-STD-810G certification indicates that it can survive rough treatment such as dropping and temperature changes. These are a few of the rugged mobile computers we offer that will stand out in a demanding outdoor environment:

Trimble Nomad 1050Nomad-Mud-Forest

This tough little Windows device, less than 7 inches long and weighing 21 ounces, is built to survive in any environment. With its IP68 rating, it can shrug off hours under water, and its MIL-STD-810G rating means it will survive drops and bumps. Its color touchscreen is readable in sunlight, and it includes a numeric keypad for ease of data entry. Its battery will keep it running for up to 15 hours without recharging.

The optional integrated GPS has many uses in the field, and the barcode scanner option allows reading from any angle or orientation.

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Lightweight yet rugged, the XSLATE R12 is well suited for outdoor work. It features a 12.5 inch wide-angle sunlight-readable display and the Windows 10 Professional operating system, Its construction includes a rubberized enclosure, magnesium alloy frame, and Gorilla Glass screen for extreme durability. Users can operate it either through the touchscreen or the optional clip-on keyboard.

The XSLATE R12 is drop resistant per MIL-STD-810G, and its IP54 rating makes it resistant to dust and splashed water. It comes with an integrated fingerprint reader for security. At less than 3 pounds, it’s easy to carry wherever it’s needed.

MX50_Facing_LeftGetac MX50

The MX50 mini-tablet boasts that it’s “built for the battlefield,” and it will stand up to the harshest outdoor environments. In spite of its rugged design, it weighs just 14 ounces and is 7.4 inches long, so it comfortably fits in a pocket. Its Gorilla Glass screen is sunlight-readable and provides a broad viewing angle. It’s certified for MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461F. Rated at IP67, it will keep out all dust and withstand liquids short of deep or sustained immersion.

Being designed with an eye to possible capture by the enemy, the MX50 features NSA-quality security with Trivalent Data protection. Sensitive data will stay safe.

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With its 10.1-inch backlit screen and Intel Atom processor, this Android 6 tablet delivers a lot of power in a tough package. Its touch screen works even in the rain or with gloves, or you can use the included stylus. It’s rated for MIL-STD-810G and IP65, so it will stand up to almost anything. The battery lasts for 9 hours and is hot-swappable, making it well suited for extended use away from power outlets.

Its equipment aids in gathering information at a site. The 8MP rear-facing camera allows on-site photography, and a digital compass sensor is included. Available options include GPS, a barcode reader, and a SmartCard reader.

A Kensington cable lock slot helps to secure against theft. and the tablet’s security suite keeps its data safe in the event that it is lost or stolen.

These are just four of the many rugged mobile computers Group Mobile offers which will provide excellent performance and durability in harsh outdoor environments. Contact us to learn more about these and all the other rugged mobile solutions and mobile technology lifecycle services Group Mobile offers.

Six Critical Advantages of Rugged Computing Devices

Rugged devices are selling because that’s what professionals across a wide range of industries prefer, industries in which failure is not an option, including construction, the military, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, among others. From oil rigs in Texas to military installations across the globe, rugged devices dramatically outperform conventional consumer equipment.

 

Sales of rugged devices — including fully and semi-rugged laptops, tablets, handhelds, and smartphones — are on the rise, this in spite of aggressive attempts by non-rugged competitors to counter the trend.  That’s the conclusion of a VDC Research report published in Field Technologies Online:

“Rugged tablets are the only truly mobile PCs that have proven capable of adapting on demand to the variations encountered in rapidly changing business and environmental climates. And that is why they are still the preferred mobile PC form factor despite aggressive attempts by notebook, handheld, and hybrid manufacturers to disrupt rugged tablets’ track record.”

The reasons rugged sales are climbing while the overall market for tablet computers is cooling off (with falling sales for the last 3 consecutive years) are several, as noted below.  But the simple fact is that rugged devices are selling because that’s what professionals across a wide range of industries prefer, industries in which failure is not an option, including construction, the military, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, among others.  From oil rigs in Texas to military installations across the globe, rugged devices dramatically outperform conventional consumer equipment.

Here are six key advantages of rugged computing devices:

  1.  A Dramatically Lower Failure Rate

Even though they must perform in harsh environments, rugged devices have a failure rate of just 2%, dramatically lower than the 12% failure rate of non-rugged devices.  In industries like healthcare and public safety, failure is about more than money.

  1.  An Expanded Lifecycle

Rugged devices last longer.  On average, a non-rugged device has a lifespan of two to three years.  A rugged device typically lasts about six years, which means they need to be replaced less frequently.

  1.  Performance in Extreme Climates

Rugged devices remain fully operational in temperatures from zero to 122 degrees Fahrenheit.  Non-rugged devices in cold climates must be left indoors, or inside a heated vehicle, until the ambient temperature climbs above 32 degrees.  In hot climates, non-rugged devices may fail entirely.

  1.  Enhanced Communications Capability

Rugged devices are often equipped with embedded cellular, GPS, and Wi-Fi modems.  When the mobile device is docked in a vehicle, it can turn off embedded radios and pass signals through the dock hardware to roof-mounted antennas (what’s known as a “radio pass-through”).  Non-rugged devices do not include this enhanced communications capability.

  1.  Rugged Ability

Rugged devices are called rugged for a reason—they are far more resistant to harsh conditions.  Rugged devices are benchmarked in accordance with the U.S. Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810G). These grueling standards test rugged devices along a wide range of parameters, such as surviving drops from heights, shock impact, extreme temperature, and liquid, particulate, and humidity resistance.  In other words, rugged devices, unlike their non-rugged counterparts, remain operational in extreme conditions, a key advantage for end users in the industries for which they’re manufactured.

  1.  Embedded Options for Enhanced Functionality

Rugged mobile computers are manufactured to permit a variety of embedded options to increase functionality.  Common embedded options include radio frequency ID card readers, insertable card readers, barcode scanners and magnetic stripe readers.

Conclusion

Professionals in public safety, healthcare, the oil and gas industry, the military and homeland security, construction, and utilities can’t risk using devices that are likely to fail in harsh environments, or if they’re dropped or exposed to extreme weather conditions.  They rely on rugged devices for uninterrupted performance and enhanced communications in the conditions in which they work, every day.  Given their critical advantages over non-rugged tablets and handheld devices, it’s not surprising sales of rugged computing devices continue outpace those of non-rugged devices.

To learn more about our full, end-to-end mobile technology solutions, including fully- and semi-rugged laptops, tablets and handhelds and smartphones, contact us today.

Discover the Benefits of Sunlight-Readable Displays for Outdoor Mobile Computing Applications

Learn more about devices that come with sunlight readable displays so that you can use your device in any conditions.

When you’re using your laptop, tablet, or handheld on the go, you want to be able to see everything on the screen clearly. Unfortunately, most displays end up with a glare when you’re out in the sun — a place where many people, from paramedics and law enforcement professionals to construction workers, field service and utility workers, or forestry professionals, find themselves spending a great deal of time. Sunlight readable displays are designed to be just as visible in sunlight as they are in a shadowed space like your car or office, making them ideal for individuals whose job responsibilities take them outdoors on a regular basis.

Work Where You Are

In some cases, you might have the luxury of getting under shade before you use your device, making it easier to see the vital information on the screen. With sunlight readable displays, you can use your device wherever you are whether it’s a cloudy day or the sun is pounding down on you. This is particularly useful for construction workers, first responders, and military professionals who often don’t have the luxury of finding shade just for the convenience of being able to read a screen. If you can work out in full sunlight, your device ought to be able to, as well — and your rugged device, equipped with a sunlight readable display, makes that easier than ever.

Don’t Miss Vital Information

When you’re squinting down at a screen that has gone dim and hard to read in the sunlight, you might find yourself accidentally missing critical information. From notes on patient care to information about a meeting that’s going to have to be rescheduled, you don’t want to find out later that you missed out on critical information just because you weren’t able to see a specific part of the screen thanks to excessive light conditions. The difference between being able to see everything on your screen might not matter if you’re only glancing down for a quick read on irrelevant information, but it matters a lot when it’s a critical note in small print! Sunlight readable screens make it easier to see every piece of information on the screen, which means you won’t make a mistake because you missed that important piece of information.

Avoid Tunnel Vision

When you’re staring down at a screen that is only partially readable because of bright sunlight, you may find yourself with tunnel vision: completely focused on the display in front of you as you try to pick out the details of the text or focus on the complexities of data entry. In many situations, however, that can be dangerous: a law enforcement professional out on the street, a construction worker on a job site where anything can happen, or any other outdoor worker who needs to be aware of their surroundings. Sunlight readable screens help you avoid tunnel vision by making it easier to glance at the screen, then return to the task at hand without losing sight of what’s going on around you.

Rugged laptops, tablets and handhelds are the perfect candidates for sunlight readable displays. In some cases, like the optically-bonded sunlight readable display option, creating displays that are functional in sunlight actually adds to the ruggedness of the device, making those screens tougher and more resistant to the hazards around you. Protective coatings and other technological advances can add to the readability of your device, so make sure you understand all the options available and have chosen the one that will work best for you! When you need a device that’s able to go wherever you can, contact us to learn more about devices that come with sunlight readable displays so that you can use your device in any conditions.