Easily Sanitized Toughbook H1 Health Ideal for Tokai Municipal Hospital

A unique requirement for mobile devices in healthcare environments is their ability to withstand repeated sanitization – for infection control purposes – without damage. If a device isn’t designed with this in mind, the harsh chemicals can adversely impact cases and screens.

In 2009, a new virulent form of influenza swept the world, reaching Japan in the spring, and prompting the rapid formulation of emergency measures by the government. At Tokai Municipal Hospital, a means of coping with the anticipated pandemic was set up by creating the super-flu Outpatients Clinic. The Toughbook H1 Health Mobile Clinical Assistant was introduced in the main hospital as part of integrated measures to fight a possible super-flu pandemic and prevent any outbreak of influenza from spreading. The H1 was selected, in part, because it was designed to be sanitized.

“Because it can be so easily disinfected, we chose the H1 as the best terminal for use when dealing with super-flu outpatients,” said Mr. Atsuhito Yamada, Radiological Technologist and Health Information Technologist Medical Professions Division, Head of IT Promotion Group Medical Information Section. “The body doesn’t have any projections or recesses; you can wipe it with alcohol.”

Beyond ease of sanitization, the Toughbook H1 offered benefits that made it an ideal fit for Tokai Municipal. The hospital found that the device’s durability, coupled with excellent connectivity and integrated features like a camera and barcode scanner, resulted in increased productivity for its clinical staff.

Click here for the full Tokai Municipal Hospital case study.  Additional information regarding Toughbook computers in healthcare can be found here.