Panasonic Debuts Healthcare Portable

Posted by at 3:37 pm on November 4, 2008

Panasonic has announced the Panasonic Toughbook H1, the first fully-rugged mobile clinical assistant (MCA) and the first device of its kind to integrate the low power Intel Atom processor. The new Toughbook H1 features six hour battery life, dual hot-“swappable batteries, standard daylight viewable screen and integrated Gobi technology in a sealed and easily-sanitized package.

The Toughbook H1 is based on Panasonic’s engineering, resulting from its own global healthcare industry research and Intel’s mobile clinical assistant (MCA) reference design. The company visited clinicians around the world to solicit feedback for the product. The resulting device is designed to improve workflow and ease clinical loads for doctors and nurses, allowing them to access patient records at the point of care and document a patient’s condition in real time.

“At Panasonic we listen closely to our healthcare customers in an effort to create solutions that improve both patient care and bottom line performance,” said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “Our customers require a family of reliable mobile computing products to meet their needs, not a one-size-fits-all solution. The Toughbook H1 joins a fleet of proven reliable mobile healthcare products from Panasonic, including cart-based solutions to fully-rugged UMPCs and convertible tablets, designed by Panasonic to satisfy the varying requirements of most healthcare environments.”

“Intel developed the MCA reference based on significant ethnographic research, workflow studies and conversations with healthcare professionals worldwide,” said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Health Group. “By putting innovative technologies such as the Toughbook H1 MCA in the hands of clinicians, we are providing them with the tools they need to have the right information at the point of decision. Intel is committed to collaborating with companies such as Panasonic to help enable high quality, economical, and accessible healthcare.”

Panasonic Toughbook H1: Select Features and Specifications:

  • Genuine Windows Vista Business with Service Pack 1 (with Windows XP Tablet downgrade option)
  • Intel Atom processor (1.86GHz) Z540 with 533MHz FSB, 512KB L2 cache
  • 1GB standard RAM configuration
  • 80 GB 1.8-inch shock mounted hard drive
  • 10.4″ XGA sunlight viewable 500 NIT Dual Touch LCD screen (1024 x 768 resolution)
  • Anti-reflective screen treatment
  • Integrated 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Contactless smartcard reader
  • RFID reader
  • Fully rugged
  • MIL-STD-810F and IP54 compliant
  • 3 foot drop approved
  • Magnesium alloy chassis
  • Sealed all-weather design
  • Rain-, spill-, dust- and vibration-resistant
  • Intel WiFi Link 5100 802.11a/b/g/draft-n
  • Bluetooth v2.0 + EDR
  • Integrated docking connector

Integrated options:

  • Optional integrated WWAN / Gobi-enabled mobile broadband (EV-DO and HSPA)
  • Global position system (GPS) receiver
  • 2D barcode reader (also reads 1D barcodes)
  • 6 hour battery life
  • Hot-swappable batteries
  • 3.4 lbs (with batteries) 10.4″ (W) x 10.6″ (H) x 1.3″ – 2.3″ (D)

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