Ergotron Telehealth Carts empower patients

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The telemedicine trend is exploding, with virtual consult services being the most well-known and popular among patients. The American Telemedicine Association estimates that half of all health care services will be delivered via telehealth within five years. The World Health Organization predicts the practice has the “potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe.” In fact, the global market for telemedicine is expected to top $34 billion by 2020.

So, what is telemedicine (or telehealth)? There are a number of definitions but they all point to the same general idea: Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve patients’ health status. Simple.

Surprisingly, telehealth as a phenomenon has been around since the late 1800’s, with the invention of the telegraph and telephone. During the Civil War, the military used the telegraph to order medical supplies and a few decades later, the telephone for medical consultations. The invention of the radio and television ramped up the healthcare applications until digital technology expanded them further.

Patients have embraced telemedicine enthusiastically and here’s why:

1-They can access care easily from a tablet, smartphone or computer, meeting through a safe, secure, and confidential video connection. Surveys show that patients are just as satisfied with a virtual face-to-face visit as a live one.

2-Patients can connect with a qualified, board-certified health care provider right away, and get a diagnosis and treatment as needed. Some tests can even be conducted during a visit and prescriptions can be ordered after.

3-Patients get convenient care, when and where they need it, without the hassle of driving or waiting to be seen. Virtual consults are usually available 7 days a week, for extended hours, such as 8am to midnight.

4-In addition to being fast, easy, and flexible, virtual consults are more affordable. They can be charged to a patient’s insurance company or a credit card. Rates are less than an office visit; $39 is common fee, though insurers may negotiate even lower rates for their members.

Ergotron Telemedicine Carts and Telepresence Carts combine the power to support onboard diagnostics and video-conferencing with StyleView® point-of-care carts. (See all our Telehealth Carts.) Healthcare organizations can rely on Ergotron’s more than 30 years of expertise and service to build a solution that matches their needs and budget.

 

ErgotronHome: Black Friday deals are here!

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Shown: Lift35 with Bamboo finish.

Save up to $150 on select ErgotronHome™ Workspace™ Lift35 models. The LIft35 converts any surface into a flexible sit-stand desk, giving you the proven health benefits of movement – now at our best savings for the holidays! This Black Friday Deal is good from November 21 to 28 and available only through ergotronhome.com – so snag a great Black Friday Deal and get a head start on a healthier YOU in the New Year with ErgotronHome.

Save $150 on the Bamboo and Mocha Bamboo Lift35 models – use promo code STAND150 at checkout.

Save $50 on the BleachwoodDriftwood, and Espresso Lift35 models – use promo code STAND50 at checkout.

Shop Now for your favorite Lift35 model!

ErgotronHome: Tiny Home Expo showcases creativity

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Our Global Social Media Manager, Adam Best, reports on the newest residential construction trend for ErgotronHome™:

There was a huge turnout for the first (hopefully) annual Tiny Home Expo in St. Croix Falls, WI in  October.

Attendees toured models representing the entire spectrum of tiny homes: from bare-bones fishing shacks to luxurious models whose interiors looked like something out of a Better Homes & Gardens article.

Presenters Kim Kasl and Emily Koechel Gerde shared stories and tips with an eager audience, and fielded questions from those curious about the lifestyle.

There were plenty of brochures and builders available to inform and inspire, plus live music to keep the Expo festive.

To me, the most interesting part of the Tiny Home lifestyle is how creative the owners are in solving challenges. Think about it: you need a place to sleep, prepare and eat food, relax and work… all in maybe 150 square feet! There’s really no other choice; you have to innovate!

I was especially curious to see how they treated computing and other technology use in the tiny home. While wall mounts for TVs were obviously necessary, I saw some other opportunities to maximize vertical space.

For example, what about a family tech compartment? The ErgotronHome Hub 24 folds up to a tiny footprint (just 24.8″ w × 16.5″ h × 3″ d) with ease. Or perhaps the ErgotronHome Lift24, a height-adjustable laptop stand that tops a table or counter, and then folds up to be stored away when not in use.

Making every square foot count isn’t just about how tiny you can make things. It’s also about how productive and efficient you can be while using those things.

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Come see Anthro/Ergotron at RSNA 2016

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To say that a lot will be happening at RSNA–which kicks off Nov. 27th at Chicago’s McCormick Place–is definitely an understatement. More than 56,000 attendees are expected this year at the world’s largest annual imaging conference.

Some professionals will take advantage of the 435 CE courses and hundreds of sessions that cover this meeting’s theme, Beyond Imaging, exploring new ways to collaborate.

And of course, almost every radiologist, administrator and IT pro will also spend some time perusing the 659 exhibitor booths, including Anthro/Ergotron Booth #7927 in Hall B.

As you examine the innovative designs at each booth, be sure to ask the following questions:

  1. Do you offer a lifetime warranty?
  2. Where are your products made?
  3. Who will install the product? Who performs necessary maintenance?
  4. How many steps are there between me and the manufacturer of this product?

RSNA is an excellent place to compare and contrast radiology desks and related products from various companies. Take advantage of the fact that they’re all in one place, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. And of course, there’s nothing like “test driving” the market’s premier imaging workstation: Anthro’s Carl’s Table.

We can’t wait to see you at Anthro/Ergotron Booth # 7927!

Follow us at #RSNA16, @ergotron and @anthrocorp.

ErgotronHome: fight ugly ErgoZombie horrors

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While closing out this year’s National Ergonomics Month, we’d like you to be aware that ErgotronHome™ offers timely defense to the horrors of an impending ErgoZombie Apocalypse.

At the risk of sounding alarmist, there is troubling scientific evidence that a spreading epidemic of sedentariness and tortured postures could soon reduce earth’s population to listless hordes of the unfit, preying on unsuspecting friends and neighbors.

You stand a good chance of remaining among the upright with a survival strategy that includes outfitting your home for a long siege. ErgotronHome offers complete protection for safeguarding yourself and your loved ones against the Posture Plague.

What is the essential gear for ErgoZombie survival? A complete sit-stand desk. A sit-stand desk add-on for an existing workstation. An innovative sit-stand laptop stand. A wall-mounted charging “hub” with a flip-door standing desk surface.

Put your well-being first, and you will also ensure the preservation of our entire species! How does ErgotronHome fight ugly ergonomic horrors? Their sit-stand desk products are heart healthy. They increase energy. Improve posture. Tone muscles. Boost metabolism. Burn extra calories.

So now we’re all familiar with the benefits of using a sit/stand desk, but are you aware of an unusual bonus of using a standing desk?

You’re quicker on your feet when standing, so if zombies actually do invade your community, you’ll be the first to escape.

Be prepared, or be ErgoZombie bait!

 

We were featured in the Intel Health & Life Sciences blog!

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Our Director of Product Development, Michael Mullen, discusses Ergotron’s work in healthcare product innovation on the Intel health and science community forum.

For over 30 years, Ergotron has optimized the digital interface with IT equipment for improved usability, comfort and safety for doctors, nurses, and the entire healthcare team.

Michael explains how we work closely with thought leaders like Intel and our IT partners to optimize the latest technology and improve EMR usage.

You can read the Q&A with Michael here.

A lesson in radiology reading table design

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When a top hospital and academic health center in the Pacific Northwest needed a teaching station for their imaging program, they couldn’t find a ready-made table that checked off all their requirements.

Their newly-appointed department chair set out to renovate the radiology reading rooms. Looking at best practices across the U.S., and knowing that sitting is the new smoking, he wanted to ensure that his staff had the ability to sit or stand during long, intense sessions scrutinizing images across a row of monitors.

After querying multiple firms for imaging furniture, he selected Anthro, a brand of Ergotron Inc., to design and manufacture a solution, based on Anthro’s superior product quality, unique designs that meet the specific needs of radiologists and convenient service offerings. The university ordered 30 tables, which were deployed in two waves; a successful result of a joint decision-making process that involved administration, educators and IT leadership.

Steve’s Bench is an example of how Ergotron can design imaging products in collaboration with imaging professionals.

Radiologists were thrilled with the design because the product is rock solid and moves smoothly with the touch of a button, without racking, even when they tried to rock it. The table also offered an enlarged work space that allows a trainee and a faculty attending radiologist to work side by side and switch between sitting and standing throughout the shift for a healthier reading experience.

They liked having plenty of “real estate” on the table for the four monitors—driven by two computers—set-up on each station. Even with all that, they can still spread out, it accommodates numerous radiologists, with leg room to spare. Wire management means it shows no “spaghetti,” even though they dressed the table with the maximum cables.

The university took advantage of “white gloves” delivery and hardware set-up. Ergotron offers a broad array of service packages for healthcare organizations implementing new equipment. If something ever goes wrong, customers know they’re covered for maintenance and repair, upfront through the life of the product.

Through its Custom Solutions group, Ergotron was able to quickly design and manufacture a unique solution for the university because of its short-turn manufacturing ability to make custom parts.

“Our design and engineering teams are under the same roof as our manufacturing facility,” says Julia Griffiths, Product Manager at Ergotron. “These teams work hand in hand so prototypes come quicker and production ramp-up is smoother. Plus, customers can draw from over 30 years of proven product designs from both Ergotron and Anthro. With those designs in our back pocket, we don’t have to start from scratch.”

The extra-large teaching station design was so well-received that it became a standard product, uniquely suited to demanding healthcare, laboratory, and corporate environments. Now called Steve’s Bench (a member of the Steve’s Station family), it lifts up to 350 pounds, and measures 90” wide by 31” deep so it can support plenty of monitors and equipment. Quiet, smooth-action legs move from 30” to 49.5” in height with the push of a button. It’s an ideal teaching station or utility bench.

But we don’t stop at design and manufacturing: Our service packages guarantee that Steve’s Bench will cover the needs of radiologists into the future, no matter how technology morphs and shifts.

Test drive our entire line of imaging workstations, including Carl’s Table, the most advanced radiology desk to date, at RSNA 2016 in Hall B,  Anthro/Ergotron Booth #7927.

“Office Ergonomics: Maximizing Your ROI,” webinar, Oct. 12th

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Celebrate National Ergonomics Month with us and discover innovative options for employee wellness in a free ErgoExpo webinar with Dr. Chad Henriksen, a well-regarded expert on workplace ergonomics.

Office ergonomics is not a new topic, and most organizations appreciate the notion of a well-designed workstation. The challenge is to understand and implement “best practices” designed around specific needs. Whether you are new to ergonomic interventions or going from “good to great,” this webinar will provide the foundation to maximize your ROI. Find details here.

Office Ergonomics: Maximizing Your ROI
October 12, 2016 | 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

Register now for this free webinar. (CEUs and CoC points apply.) Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway and we’ll let you know how to view it on demand!

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Dr. Chad Henriksen
Doctorate of Chiropractic, Diplomate in Occupational Health and Applied Ergonomics; Coordinator of Ergonomics and Occupational Health, H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics at Northwestern Health Sciences University

Preventive maintenance is key

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That old adage is true – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We rely on our personal cars and trucks, so we give them periodic care and attention: changing the oil every three months, checking the tires to make sure they’re properly inflated, getting a tune-up… there’s a checklist to keep any set of wheels in prime working condition.

Periodic care for the machines that help us do our jobs is just as important. Everyone with a mission-critical role in a healthcare, corporate, or education environment relies on technology and the furniture, arms and mounts that support it to be up and running.

No one likes hassling with deployment, unexpected repairs, or routine maintenance. Now you don’t have to – we’ll take care of it!

Ergotron Services installs over 4,000 products a year and has over 5,000 devices under contract. We cover the full product lifecycle in the USA. Our service packages are designed to make life easier for you and your stakeholders. We know healthcare and other high-demand areas. Our equipment is used and abused day in and day out, and in many cases, 365 days a year, three shifts on every one of those days.

Preventive maintenance is key. Ergotron’s Josh Wilson shows how to avoid frustration, downtime and unnecessary expense.

October is National Ergonomics Month: Work shouldn’t hurt

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National Ergonomics Month is one of the best times to help people pay attention to their daily activities so they can be more comfortable and productive.

For over 30 years, ergonomics has been the driving passion of our company. In fact, you could say it’s even baked into our DNA, and obviously, our name. So to celebrate ergonomics this month – and every month! – we invite you to make use of our newest resources, developed just for digital users like you:

Resource #1:  MoveMore blog. Get answers to your questions about busting sedentary behavior and its associated health risks. “What’s all the fuss about sit-stand desks?” – It’s the latest trend in office and home computing, but is it just a fad? (Nope.) Should you sit or should you stand? (Both.) And, how often should you switch if you get tired of either? (Every 30 minutes.)

Resource #2: WorkFit® Champion Toolkit. Would you like to enjoy the benefit of an active workstyle and promote its adoption at your workplace? Check out this downloadable Toolkit on JustStand.org/toolkit. It includes an “Ask Your Boss” sit-stand desk template, checklist and talking points for wellness champions, plus our informative e-books, white papers, infographics and tip sheet.

Resources #3: On-demand Webinar for HR professionals: Building a Business Case for Sit-Stand at Work. Looking for ways to improve employee health and productivity, and lower healthcare costs? This complimentary 30-minute on-demand webinar will help you do exactly that. Watch the pre-recorded webinar anytime and learn why standing at work is gaining popularity and how to make a business case to leadership for sit-stand solutions. (Professionals in health, safety, wellness or ergonomics roles will benefit most from this webinar.)

No matter how you celebrate National Ergonomics Month, follow us on social. Jump on Twitter, other channels, then join the conversation, using #MoveMore and #JustStand. And check back throughout the month for more on this topic!