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Choosing a Point of Care Device in Long Term Care

  
  
  

HealthMEDX’s Point of Care solution for Long Term Care, kindly referred to as Touch Screen, is a part of our Advanced Clinical Module for Long Term Care. Point of Care plays a large role in the overall Vision solution by allowing caregivers to quickly enter in ADLs, Vital Signs, Supplies, and other vital point of care information.

The name Touch Screen might lead one to believe that solution can only work on a touch screen device but that is not the case. When the Point of Care solution was originally designed, it was designed to be able to be used on a Touch Screen device, but that does not limit the user to using the solution on other devices.

The Point of Care solution supports the following devices: Laptops, Tablet PCs, Kiosk Devices, and other Touch Screen enabled monitors.

Below are the device specifications:

Specification

Value

Screen Size

17 “ (monitor only – tablet may be smaller)

Screen Resolution

1280 x 1024 (preferred) or 1280 x 800

Video Quality

32 bit

CPU

1 GHz 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) processor

RAM

1 GB

Browser

Internet Explorer 7.0

When picking a device for a facility there are things that need to be considered.

1.)     Height of caregivers.

2.)     People with bifocals.

3.)     CMS Regulations regarding Wall-Mounted Projections  (see CMS Memo Dated May 14, 2010 RE:  Revision of S&C-04-41 dates August 12, 2004, Corridor Width & Corridor Mounted Computer Touch Screens in Health Care Facilities – Clarification Effective Immediately).

  1. At least 40 inches above floor.
  2. Cannot project more than 6 inches from wall.
  3. Cannot exceed more than 36 inches in length.
  4. Must be separated from other wall-mounted items by at least 48 inches.
  5. Any items that are associated to the wall-mounted items should not project more than 6 inches when wall-mounted item is not in use.

4.)     Need to also check your local building codes, because these will supersede the CMS regulations for mounting devices.

5.)     Look at each facility and see where it makes sense to have the devices.  What can work for one facility may not work for another.

  1. Should the devices be mobile on carts?
  2. If using carts, where will the carts be stored when not in use, and how to plug devices in for recharging?
  3. Will touch screen devices work for your facility?
  4. Will additional wiring need to be added?  (Make sure local building codes are checked in order to pass inspection.)
  5. Will a wireless network need to be installed?

We have several customers utilizing Touch Screen to do their point of care documentation and everyone seems to use/do things a little differently.  Below are some examples of how a few of our customers have intergraded Touch Screen into their care giving process:

1.)     We have a customer that uses laptops on carts in the facility hallways.  The carts also hold supplies that can be quickly retrieved by the caregiver if needed, and then recorded in Touch Screen for supplies used. 

2.)     We have another customer that has touch screen monitors for use at that nurse’s station. 

3.)     We have another customer that turned some small closets in the facility into documentation areas that gave the caregiver a quite place to sit and document the care given.

Overall there are different devices to choose and things to consider when documenting at the point of care. 

 

Naomi Harter is a Product Analyst with HealthMEDX

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