Purchasing medical computer carts for your healthcare facility is a straight-forward process, but there are several important decisions to make along the way. One of the first decisions you'll come to is whether you should purchase carts that are new, used or certified pre-owned - and you'll have to think deeply about your budget as well as your specific equipment requirements to come to a decision either way.
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Mobile computing carts are a vital piece of equipment at healthcare facilities across the country, enabling doctors and nurses to access electronic health records and imaging data, writing electronic prescriptions, conduct documentation, dispense medications, and more, all from the patient's bedside.
Since the use of electronic medical records was mandated across the United States, healthcare facilities have used wall-mounted computers to better facilitate access to patient medical records at the bedside. This is especially the case in our largest healthcare facilities, where space is at a premium and poorly designed clinical workflows have the potential to negatively impact patient outcomes.
Whether you're purchasing your first mobile computer carts for a small healthcare center, or you're looking at your second or third round of mobile cart purchases for a large hospital, determining whether to buy new or used equipment is one of your most important decisions.
The implementation of mobile computing carts has revolutionized the healthcare industry over the last ten years, but not without creating controversy. Since regulators mandated that patient data be stored electronically and that healthcare providers show significant use of that data, mobile carts have enabled nurses, doctors, and other care providers to consult digitized patient records at the bedside.
It's been a challenging year for the healthcare industry - new payment models and regulatory changes combined with big data and tech innovations have forced healthcare providers to rapidly adapt their practices at all levels of healthcare management and delivery.
Imagine you're a healthcare clinician whose role requires that you interact with different patients several times each day. As you move around your floor, you can access mobile computer workstations located throughout the halls instead of returning back to the same stationary desk in between each and every patient.
Healthcare information technology is a rapidly transforming area of opportunity for both physicians in the United States and the global healthcare community, promising to improve patient safety, save time for physicians and nurses involved in patient documentation, improve workflows, and enhance patient care outcomes by better enabling the flow of information within hospitals and individual practices, and throughout the healthcare system.
If you ask the patients at your hospital to identify the most impactful workers in the building, you’ll probably hear some great feedback about your frontline staff – the doctors, nurses, surgeons, and specialists that are engaging with and caring for patients each day.
Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) is a rapidly growing area of innovation, with many hospitals around the United States working to incorporate modern technology and best practices into their healthcare environments. As an industry that’s both heavily regulated and steeped in tradition, change moves slowly in the healthcare environment and, as a result, it’s important that IT staff and other executive decision-makers allocate resources to building IT infrastructures that adequately support front-line healthcare workers.