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Mobile computing assists in patient care

Intel Corporation and Motion Computing are transforming how doctors and nurses treat patients in bed.

Intel Corporation is hoping to transform the bedside manner of hospital nurses and doctors by replacing traditional paper-based patient notes with an interactive tablet computer.

The mobile clinical assistant (MCA), which has been co-designed by Intel and Motion Computing, will allow clinical staff to instantly access and update all centrally stored patient details at the bedside, giving them more time for patient care.

The device is currently being field tested in UK hospitals. No release date for the Middle East has yet been announced.

The MCA offers safe wireless connectivity to access patient information and physician's orders; radio frequency identification (RFID) technology secure log-on; a digital camera to enhance patient charting and progress notes, to keep track of wounds as they heal; and bluetooth technology to help capture patient vital signs.

As part of the solution, Intel and Motion Computing worked closely with electronic medical record (EMR) and other clinical software companies to refine their applications for use on MCA. Innovative technology and clinical software leaders included Allscripts, Cardinal Health, Cerner Corporation, Eclipsys Corporation, Epic Systems Corporation, GE Healthcare, iSoft, McKesson, Nexus, Siemens Medical Solutions and Welch Allyn.

Intel is convinced that the technology will save lives. "Today technology comes to the aid of those who help others," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO.

"The mobile clinical assistant was defined and shaped by the clinicians who will use it. They have told us it will improve their decision-making and patient care while easing overall workloads. This is a great example of putting innovative technology to work solving real needs."