Technology | June 11, 2007

Integrated, Wireless Device Improves Bedside Patient Care

The Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA) enables nurses and physicians to improve bedside patient care by using an integrated, wireless device to connect to patient information stored in electronic medical records. The MCA is a new category of mobile point-of-care devices that was designed with input from clinicians and through clinical workflow studies, interviews and ethnography research conducted by Intel Corp.
Equipped to increase quality of care, the system brings a number of technology features together into a single platform, including a 10.4-inch XGA touchscreen, RFID and bar code scanning, Bluetooth, wireless LAN connectivity and a digital camera. The portable, always-connected device is designed to require minimal training and provides significant benefits to its clinical users, helping to reduce medication errors, positively identify staff and patients, fill out charts, capture vital signs, write up reports and validate blood transfusions as well as the ability to closely monitor the healing of wounds.
The MCA is made of lightweight material and provides an ergonomic fit for both right- and left-hand users. The device is also designed to minimize fatigue while holding it flat thanks to a hand grip on the back of the unit, and it features intuitive function controls, LED indicators and other smart interfaces that are suitable for use in many different fast-paced clinical situations.

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