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Enhancing Productivity at the Hospitalier de Luxembourg

Press release [Friday 4 January 2013]

The Hospitalier de Luxembourg, opened in 1976, is one of the largest hospitals in Luxembourg. It employs about 2000 medical professionals, admitting and caring for about 25,000 patients a year and seeing around 400,000 patients on an outpatient basis. Services of the Hospitalier de Luxemboug include hospital, diagnosis, care, treatment, research, and education. Administrative overhead at a facility of this size is significant. Management personnel are constantly trying to operate more efficiently and speed up clinical processes.

After careful consideration, the Hospitalier de Luxembourg chose Advantech's POC-S196/S176 Slim Point-of-Care Terminals, with LCD panels capable of displaying high contrast images in 16.7 million colors. Advantech slim point-of-care terminals are available in 17" and 19" models, and are very easy to integrate into an existing ICU environment. The touchscreen provides a friendly and easy-to-use interface for medical personnel, and the all-in-one design offers a perfect solution for areas with limited space. The hospital divided the project into four phases with a plan to install wall-mounted 19" POC systems in the ICU, and 17" units elsewhere, either wall-mounted, or on anesthesia devices or mobile carts. The primary deciding factors for the hospital were an outstanding cost/performance ratio, and the inclusion of a variety of I/O connectors as standard features.

Advantech's POC-S196 Point-of-Care Terminal has a slim 19" TFT LCD display and Intel Core Duo processor. With an IPX1 rating, it is designed to resist spills and water damage, and the sealed IP65-certified front panel is dust tight. The POC-S196 has a variety of I/O connectors: 1 x RS-232/422/485 (isolated, and set by jumper) serial port; 4 x USB ports; and 1 x DVI-I port. The system supports up to 4 GB SDRAM and has a wireless option. The quiet, fanless design is perfect in the quiet environment of the hospital, as well as making it suitable for audio measurement applications. Additionally, the POC-S196 meets UL60601/EN60601regulations.

Benefits

The management at Hospitalier de Luxembourg is very happy with their new system. They have already completed two phases of their planned installation, which when complete will encompass 16 operating theaters and several ICUs.
- Improved efficiency reducing overhead
- Easy monitoring and access to patient information
- Enhanced medical treatment and easy to use
- Space saving
- Fanless for quiet operation
- Isolated design reduces electrical leakage
- Easy to integrate within existing hospital
- Best cost/performance ratio on the market

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