The Hospital Room PC, Reimagined

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media , January 14, 2014

"You need something closer than the data center, and for us that's a server in the patient room," he says. The responsiveness of the Xi3 hardware will also let the patient control the environment of the room, including light, power, and air.

Although it's also quite possible to run Linux on this kind of hardware, Windows gets the nod because of Intermountain's comfort level with the Microsoft operating system, and because the Transformation Lab is writing the software running on the Xi3 hardware that makes all this work.

Lastly, if Xi3 or something similar takes off in the home – something I think is possible due to the hardware's modular design, simplicity and small physical and energy footprint – Intermountain could be well positioned to be able to take the next step and implement its hospital bed of the future outside of the hospital's walls, in homes or longterm care facilities.

If you want to see just how far information technology can move in transforming healthcare, this latest incarnation of the personal computer is worth watching.

Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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