The Hospital Room PC, Reimagined

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , January 14, 2014

That might give patients something beyond value to healing–a good night's sleep.

"in a normal monitoring floor, nurses come around every two hours to wake you up, and then they take vitals with all these things they haul in here, and they run back to a machine and type it all in and document it," Holston says.

"So what if I took all that away? I let you sleep all night. I continuously get the data. I auto-document every 15–20 minutes, into the EMR and do all the alarming from that, and then all of a sudden I've got this beat-to-beat data set that I can learn things about patients and certain things that we discover they have—diseases, situations, whatever, and I discover new things I never knew before, because I've got new data."

All of this new data, however, puts demands on the in-room PC, as do the requirements of streaming live video or delivering a fast-action video game. Hence the Xi3 running Windows 7 initially, because a zero-client PC can't keep up with these processing demands, Holston says.

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