Element Tablets and Medical AIO PCs
The Element 10.1" tablet has added features to consumer brand tablets, making it a great device for mobile medical computing.
WHAT IS A MEDICAL GRADE COMPUTER?
A medical grade computer is a computer designed for hospital and healthcare settings. A medical grade computer has an antimicrobial housing that has been designed, tested and certified for near patient use, and complies with the medical standards and regulations in operational performance, reliability, patient safety, and ergonomic compatibility with medical equipment and EMR software.
Performance and reliability are achieved through the industrial grade components, rugged build that withstands disinfection & cleaning with chemical solutions, water- & dust-proof sealed bezel, a fanless design and passive cooling for sterile environments, advanced connectivity options, embedded readers/scanners (RFID, barcode, biometric, CAC, Smart Card) and an inbuilt backup battery.
Ergonomic compatibility is achieved through legacy ports, VESA mounting holes, advanced customization of hardware and software components, and embedded peripherals.
Safety and regulatory compliance of a medical grade computer are guaranteed by certifications such as ingress protection, electromagnetic compatibility and safety, radiation and electric hazards protection, interference from radio signals, MIL-STD (military standard set by DoD), HIPAA and HITECH data security and others.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MEDICAL GRADE COMPUTER & A CONSUMER PC?
The differences between medical grade computers and consumer PCs are in the quality of components, failure rates, performance, regulatory compliance, patient safety, embedded readers/scanners (Barcode, RFID, CAC, Smart Card, biometric), mounting ergonomics, compatibility, and the Total Cost of Ownership.
Medical grade computers are tested and certified to comply with stringent medical regulations for use in near-patient and/or sterile environments, while consumer PCs come with basic certifications only.
Medical PCs have antimicrobial housing and waterproof sealed front bezels that withstand disinfection and cleaning with harsh chemicals (often backed by a fanless design). A consumer PC housing propagates pathogens and cannot be cleaned with liquids; medical disinfecting and cleaning solutions tend to deteriorate a consumer PC's plastic casing.
A medical PC comes with MIL-STD components with higher thermal and performance ratings and is superior to that of a consumer PC because industrial grade components provide operational reliability 24/7 in intense medical environments for up to 5 years with < 2% failure rate, while a consumer PC has a 15-30% failure rate when used in healthcare. The EMI and EMC certifications of a medical grade computer are far better than a consumer grade PC. UL60601 standards as well as CB and IEC certifications are also a part of this superior technology.
The purchase price of a consumer PC is lower than that of a medical grade computer, but its TCO is higher when the lack of compatibility with legacy equipment and mounting options, nosocomial infections, high failure rates, deployment, maintenance, downtime, lifecycle and inbuilt obsolescence costs are taken into account, while the TCO of a medical grade PC is significantly lower.
DPI Medical is seriously committed to giving our clients a seamless and straight-forward experience with your medical PCs, screens and tablets.
We hold support units in Wellington. Should there be any issues, we will immediately ship a support loan unit overnight, so that our clients can continue without interruption while the original unit is being assessed and repaired. There is no charge for this service within the warranty period, and can be added as an on-going lifetime option.