Xplore Technologies Corporation, Texas-based manufacturer of rugged Tablet PCs that recently acquired Motion Computing, will deploy 600 Motion C5 for an “Intelligent Ambulance” project in Denmark.
Few months ago, Xplore Technologies, with an unattended action, announced the acquisition of Motion Computing. But the historic rugged Tablet PC maker, actually named “Motion by Xplore”, is not dead – and Xplore will deploy almost 600 Motion C5 Tablet PCs as part of an innovative “Intelligent Ambulance” project for the Danish Ambulance service.
Coordinated by CSC Scandihealth and Atea, with software developed by Judex, hardware supplied by Lexit and installation carried out by Radiocom, the project will be activated across five regional health services and the Motion C5 will enable ambulance teams to capture, accurately and quickly, all relevant patient data “on the field” and transmit it the hospital before the arrival.
Typically, ambulance crews use hand-written notes that are passed on at admission into the hospital: this is a deeply flawed process, since the notes can be illegible and the risk of loss is substantial; even if complete, perfectly readable notes are delivered to the hospital immediately on arrival, there is an inevitable delay as the information is actioned. Furthermore, with handwritten notes, there is typically only one perspective given – that of the ambulance personnel that has taken the details from the patient.
Otherwise, the Intelligent Ambulance, equipped with the Motion C5, can transmit vital observations direct to the hospital while the patient is in route. Details on blood pressure, heart rate, temperature and oxygen saturation can be updated in near real-time automatically creating a Pre-Hospital Patient Journal (PPJ) that is used to determine a ‘trauma score’ that defines aspects of the care set up for the patient.
The Motion C5 was chosen ahead of competitive devices because of improved screen quality and robustness. The 8.0 Megapixel camera captures and transmits high-resolution images of injuries, whilst the barcode enables consistent and reliable classification of patient data. Transmission of the data is secure and robust with the build-in C5’s Qualcomm Gobi WWAN module. The C5 Mobile Dock secures the tablet PC in place and is a critical component of the solution, designed and tested to exceed crash impact test standards, whilst enabling the workflow that transmits the PPJ to the hospital, ahead of arrival.
Because of the forms within the software, the information is always accurate, understandable and critically arrives at the hospital before the patient, so facilities can be set up in advance, reducing the delays at admission. As the PPJ is shared across all responding and relevant personnel, teams can collaborate to deliver the best levels of patient care and specialist requirements can be sorted before ambulance arrives at the hospital.