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Advantech to showcase telemedicine solutions at Arab Health 2016

Vendor expects 'telehealth' to transform healthcare delivery and increase patient engagement

Advantech to showcase telemedicine solutions at Arab Health 2016
Advantech said that it constructs open platforms that fit customers' existing telehealth devices

Advantech has announced that it plans to showcase its latest telemedicine solutions at Arab Health 2016, which will take place from 25 to 28 January at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

With the maturation of virtual consultation technology, Advantech said that telehealth is expected to transform healthcare delivery and reduce costs while increasing patient engagement. To satisfy the specific needs of hospital environments, the vendor said that it constructs open platforms that fit customers' existing telehealth devices.

Advantech also plans to showcase its clinical mobility, critical care, emergency fleet management, patient services, and hospital public spaces solutions developed together with its channel partners, Alminhaj, and Emitac Healthcare, and the Taiwan Institute for Information Industry.

"With telemedicine solutions, distance is no longer a barrier to healthcare. New devices and platforms that connect patients and doctors, as well as other involved parties including specialists, family members, insurers, and health and wellness coaches, to a vast array of information sources and extend their clinical reach are continually being created," said James Fan, senior solution architect manager at Advantech.

One of the vendor's highlights at Arab Health will be the reveal its of latest telemedicine solution - an open mobile platform that can support telemedicine systems created by different vendors.

Advantech said that its AMiS telemedicine carts support dual displays and multiple video inputs. Featuring a point-of-care (POC) medical computer and secondary display, these carts provide a platform for virtual applications such as tele-consultation, tele-monitoring, and tele-visitation. The AMiS cart and POC computers have secured UL60601-1 and EN60601-1 certifications, meaning that they can be employed in critical environments. The system features internally routed cables and DIN rails for accessories to facilitate intelligent upgrades and customisation in the future.

"Many hospitals are currently integrating telemedicine systems with existing medical carts to provide mobile telemedicine stations. However, this process involves numerous challenges related to cable routing, power supply, application requirements, etc. To address these issues, Advantech aims to develop an open platform that can satisfy hospitals' current and future requirements," said Harry Wang, product manager of AMiS, at Advantech's Medical Computing Group.

Advantech will also use Arab Health to show off its medical tablets, which range between five, seven and 10 inches in size. The tablets demonstrated at the conference will include the MIT-W101 and MICA-071.

The MIT-W101 10.1-inch medical tablet computer is expected to be officially launched in late February or early March 2016. In addition to meeting industry regulations, the MIT-W101 is compatible with diverse accessories and module options, allowing customers to customise the system according to their needs. The MICA-071 seven-inch tablet, meanwhile, with 1D/2D barcode scanner and Microsoft Windows 10 is designed to support clinical environments, healthcare applications, and hospital procedures, Advantech said.

Advantech's medical computers, which are produced in a range of sizes (from 15-inch to 24-inch) and comply with relevant safety standards, will also be on show. The vendor also plans to showcase its POC-W242 24-inch medical computer linked to an anesthesia machine for integrated operating room applications. Furthermore, from Q1 of 2016, Advantech's 21-inch medical-grade computers will be equipped with the latest sixth-generation Intel Core processors.

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