Panasonic Targets Medical Pros With Latest Toughbook

By PRESS RELEASE — November 04, 2008


Delivers category firsts in durability, battery life, ergonomics, connectivity, warranty and ease of sanitization


Secaucus, NJ -- Tbetter serve the growing demand for mobility in the healthcare environment, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of durable, reliable Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, 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 redefines performance and functionality for the MCA category with six hour battery life, dual hot-swappable batteries, standard daylight viewable screen and integrated Gobi technology in a sealed and easily sanitized package.

Engineered for the Medical Professional
The Toughbook H1 is based on Panasonic's innovative engineering, resulting from its own proprietary global healthcare industry research and Intel's mobile clinical assistant (MCA) reference design.  The company visited clinicians around the world tsolicit feedback for the product.  The resulting device improves workflow and eases clinical loads for doctors and nurses, allowing them taccess patient records at the point of care and document a patient's condition in real time.  The workflow advantages offered by the H1 can help healthcare organizations maximize efficiency, which is critical as the market faces an aging population, increased demand for healthcare services and a shortage of nurses.

"At Panasonic we listen closely tour healthcare customers in an effort tcreate 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 tmeet 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 tfully-rugged UMPCs and convertible tablets, designed by Panasonic tsatisfy the varying requirements of most healthcare environments."

The Toughbook H1 MCA can help treduce medication administration errors while helping clinicians deliver faster, safer care. With integrated RFID reader, 2.0 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual LED lights, a barcode reader, contactless smart card reader and fingerprint readers, the new Toughbook H1 MCA is a secure and intuitive platform for barcode medication administration (BCMA), vitals capture and electronic medical records (EMR) capture and review.

"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 thave the right information at the point of decision. Intel is committed tcollaborating with companies such as Panasonic thelp enable high quality, economical, and accessible healthcare."

Maximum Performance Delivers ROI
By leveraging Panasonic's advanced battery technology and a low-power Intel Atom processor, the H1 offers a category-leading six hours of battery life, complemented by dual hot-swappable batteries that deliver extended life, allowing non-stop computing while on the move. This virtually eliminates down time, maximizing return on investment.

Clean Design
The Toughbook H1 has been designed for easy disinfection, reducing the risk of germs being spread from patient tpatient. The device is the first MCA toffer a fanless design -- limiting the opportunity for germs to be transported by the device -- and also features a smooth surface with sealed buttons, a gapless LCD screen and unexposed ports.

To further aid in disinfection, a Panasonic-designed software utility can be programmed to remind users to wipe the unit down at defined intervals. The utility automatically records a successful cleaning for the hospital's permanent records.

Inside-Out Durability; Outside-in Solutions
Panasonic is focused on delivering the industry's most reliable mobile solutions, ensuring that practitioners and administrators can depend on their technology along the entire continuum of care.

Panasonic's commitment tquality results in a total of more than 500 checks and tests before, during and after production, on every Toughbook unit built. The rugged H1 is MIL-STD-810F tested and is capable of withstanding three foot drops -- similar tthe height of a patient's bed -- while operational.  The sealed unit is IP54 compliant for water-, rain- and dust-resistance and can easily handle being repeatedly sprayed and wiped with disinfectant.

The highly durable H1 is the first MCA device tbe backed with a 3-year standard warranty.

In addition, Panasonic is using Intel's MCA platform, together with the freely available Intel MCA Software Development Kit (SDK), taccelerate time-to-market for application developers by providing a development environment that is hardware agnostic.  The company alsoffers dedicated developer support and sales training for its partners.

Improved Ergonomics and Connectivity
Customers provided significant input into the design of the H1. With its light weight, 3.4 pound design, low heat production, integrated hand strap and barcode reader placement, the Toughbook H1 offers improved ergonomics over first-generation MCA devices.

Tmeet the needs for mobility in both facilities and in-home health environments, the H1 offers a range of embedded wireless options including 802.11a/b/g/draft-n and Bluetooth 2.0. The device can alsship with Qualcomm's new Gobi technology, simplifying complex multi-carrier wireless deployments for IT departments.  The H1 will be certified on all major networks in the US, allowing workers tstay connected regardless of their geography.

The H1 alscomes with optional, next generation GPS technology allowing for location awareness with improved accuracy, faster satellite acquisition time and lower power consumption.

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-Dand HSPA)
  • Global position system (GPS) receiver
  • 2D barcode reader (alsreads 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)
Pricing and Availability
The Panasonic Toughbook H1 will be available worldwide in January 2009. In the United States, the base H1 model is expected tbe available at an estimated street price of $2,999 from authorized Panasonic resellers and distributors.

About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). Panasonic has delivered reliable, durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin-and-light and ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Panasonic controls the entire process of design, manufacture, quality assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government, industrial, and commercial users--from Fortune 1,000 companies to small businesses--rely on solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.










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