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HIMSS Survey

Discover the Missing Link in Healthcare IT

The technology purchasing process within healthcare facilities is complex, and a new survey revealed an additional layer of complexity – a conflict between key stakeholders in the selection process and the providers who use the equipment every day to care for patients.

Working with HIMSS Analytics, Ergotron surveyed nearly 200 IT professionals, clinicians and healthcare leaders to better understand the technology equipment purchasing and evaluation process, as well as what factors influence these decisions. The results, released as a part of National Ergonomics Month, show a communication disconnect with how decisions are made and how technology use can maximize staff productivity and enhance patient care.

These results provide additional insight into some of the factors influencing nurses’ health and the care they provide, which we discovered in our nursing survey and related infographic.

Download the summary to read the full findings and learn how ergonomics can have a noteworthy impact on clinical engagement strategies.

[Infographic] Why Ergotron Stands Above the Rest

As consumers, we have endless options for the food we eat, the technology we buy and the clothes we wear.

The same goes for standing desks. Since Ergotron started designing sit-stand desks in 1994, many companies have joined us in developing solutions that incorporate movement into the work day. But they’re not all the same.

Buying from Ergotron connects users with innovative technology furniture and mounts that promote healthier, more productive environments for both life and work. Years of research back all of our products, which undergo thorough testing and certification.

With millions of reasons to choose Ergotron, we’ve compiled a list of the top ones so you can see the difference for yourself.

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Ergonomic Myths

Debunking Ergonomic Myths: People Don’t Care about Ergonomics

There’s a sense of mystery in the unfamiliar field of ergonomics. Is ergonomics just about chair height and posture at work? Does it require expensive office equipment? And does it really matter, anyway?

In honor of National Ergonomics Month, we’re breaking down the top ergonomic myths with our resident expert, Carrie Schmitz, Senior Manager of Human Factors & Ergonomics Research, AOEAS, CHC. Each week, we’ll describe a common myth and share where Ergotron stands based on our extensive company history and the latest research. Be sure to check back next week for a new myth that we debunk.

MYTH: People don’t care about ergonomics.

Here’s where we stand:

Often called “the science of everyday life,” ergonomic principals apply to any area where people work or play. Everything from the design of a golf club, the grip on a pair of scissors and the cockpit of a jet plane involve ergonomics for both comfort and protection from harm, with the underlying goal of prevention before treatment.

Still, sales people often complain that customers don’t care about ergonomics. If you’re like most people, ergonomics remains an abstract concept until you start to feel weakness in your wrist or a pain in your shoulder. Even after a visit with your doctor, you may not realize that bad ergonomics led to that situation. It’s especially true of musculoskeletal issues related to computer use.

After 20 years in the ergonomics industry, my experience shows that it’s at an individual level that the true value of ergonomics becomes apparent. People appreciate learning about the factors that can make their work more comfortable, and once trained in basic ergonomic principals, they are eager to practice their new-found skills in their own environment.

Ergonomic interventions, like wellness programs, depend on engagement to be successful. When company leaders communicate the importance of being safe, give permission to their people to protect themselves and each other, and serve as good role models, the improvements extend beyond the individual to the company and the community at large. Preventing and treating issues with ergonomic interventions is an expense that will never be wasted.

Of course, not everyone has the luxury of a personal ergonomic evaluation. That’s why Ergotron offers online ergonomic tools to help you do your own workstation customization. Our Workspace Planner provides guidance on locating the best monitor and keyboard based on your stature. Part of our mission at Ergotron is to educate people on the benefits of ergonomic, so we’re glad to share this popular tool.

Stay tuned for next week’s myth: Sitting is the new smoking. See you then!

Carrie SchmitzCarrie Schmitz
Senior Manager of Human Factors & Ergonomics Research, AOEAS, CHC

Carrie oversees ergonomics research and outreach, working closely with global researchers to advance knowledge around the health and well-being benefits of sit-stand activity.

Why You Should Start Thinking About Physical Activity as a Continuum

We’re all familiar with the benefits of traditional exercise like running, weight lifting and even taking the stairs, but how do those activities stack up against standing? And where does the impact of sedentary behavior like sitting fit in?

Physical activity should be looked at as a continuum, ranging from sedentary behavior all the way to vigorous exercise. Every move we make (or don’t make) shows up on the continuum. Due to national guidelines and prompts from our doctors, we often focus solely on getting enough moderate-to-vigorous exercise. But overlooking the rest of the continuum is a big problem since exercise is not enough to counteract sedentary behavior. All movements, even small ones, matter.

In our latest podcast, Betsey Banker, Ergotron’s Wellness Market Manager, breaks down the different components of the physical activity continuum while echoing the importance of balance across all activity types for reaching our best level of health and well-being. With technology constantly pulling us toward the inactive end of the spectrum, understanding the full physical activity continuum is more important than ever.

You can listen to the podcast here. Want to dig deeper into the study of movement? Download Ergotron’s recent “Why Movement Matters” white paper.

Stay in the loop — follow us on social with #MoveMore, #SitLess — and watch for an upcoming handbook soon!

Battery Chemistry and the Future of Hospital Safety

We covered the FDA’s advisory letter on mobile medical cart safety a few posts back, but I thought it warranted a deeper explanation about the science of battery chemistry, and what difference that makes in a health care environment.

To find a suitable subject matter expert, I didn’t have to look very far: Ergotron CEO Pete Segar has a Ph.D. in electro-chemistry. So we sat down in the studio (ok, actually we stood up) to to talk through his vision of the future of hospital electrical safety.

 

As always, if you have questions or topics you’d like to hear us cover on a future episode, just let me know in the comments, or via @ergotron on Twitter.

Ergotron Statement on FDA Advisory Letter

Late last year, the FDA sent an advisory letter to hospital administrators, warning them of the dangers associated with some battery-powered mobile medical carts.

At Ergotron, we saw this as another opportunity to communicate with our customers. In this video, Troy Townes, Product Manager for mobile medical carts, talks about the battery chemistry Ergotron uses in our StyleView carts, and the difference that makes in safety, durability and value.

If you have any questions about your medical cart fleet (whether Ergotron-branded or not), our Services team can help. Learn more.

Ergotron Aims to Change Bedside Patient-Provider Interaction

The patient over-bed table in hospitals hasn’t changed much in the last few decades. Despite the revolution in mobile computing, too many patients use outdated technology to interact with their care team. Ergotron wants to change that.

With our new StyleView® Patient eTable, healthcare tech is no longer a barrier for the patient to overcome; it’s an integral part of their care. From medications to food menus to patient entertainment, our eTable provides a platform for patients to easily use tablet computers without risking muscle strain from holding the tablet for a long time.

In this podcast, Ergotron Product Manager Troy Townes shares with me the details on this exciting new product, how it came about, and where we think the technology is going in the future.

 


Have you heard our other podcasts? We plan to do a lot more, so if you have ideas or questions you’d like us to cover in future episodes, be sure to let us know in the comments, or on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Speak Out! for Kids’ Health & PE

Courtesy of SHAPE America

Bob Hill, Ergotron’s Education Manager, will join more than 200 fellow health and physical education advocates representing nearly 50 states on Capitol Hill to take part in the SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) 10th annual member lobby day, SPEAK Out! Day, on April 25-26.

Bob is in DC to help champion the importance of physical activity in education, and especially within sedentary middle- and high-school classrooms. Research shows there is a link between movement and learning, so health and physical education can help boost academic performance. He will also share insights and success stories about introducing non-disruptive, low-level activity into the classroom. (In the words of teachers, adjustable standing desks are a “game-changer.”)

Movement matters. Health matters. Performance matters. Ergotron is helping to lead the charge to create better learning environments that give students the best chance for success, now and in the future.

Active learning spaces empower students to lead active, healthy lives, which is SHAPE America’s national commitment called 50 Million Strong by 2029.

Join us on social. Find SPEAK Out! Day updates during the two-day event by following @SHAPE_America and #MoreTitleIV on Twitter.

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22


 
Earth Day will be observed by more than 1 billion people around the world this Saturday. Since its debut on April 22, 1970, it has annually reminded us all of the value of clean air, land, and water.

As an environmentally responsible company, Ergotron is doing our part to reduce our footprint while growing. We use state-of-the-art management and manufacturing practices to “go green” wherever possible. Our products are built sustainably, and comply with the Green Building Council and other sustainable building certification criteria.

Also, Ergotron products are designed to be future-proof, so they continue to be useful when you add new personnel, upgrade computer hardware, or reconfigure a work space.

Our mission: to help you save money, reduce pollution, and protect your employees and families.

Want to help make a difference? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Find tips for practicing the “3 Rs” of waste reduction every day in our environment: at home, school, work, and in your community.

Look for special activities in your local area in recognition of Earth Day on Saturday. Near Ergotron HQ, 75,000 ladybugs were released inside the Mall of America by kids this past Thursday. As natural predators of plant-killing insects, they will help replace chemical pesticides for the 30,000 plants and 400 trees inside the 5.6 million-square-foot building.

Join the conversation on social media with #EarthDay2017.

“Anatomy of a Sit-Stand Company” Webinar on April 26th!

 
Join us Wednesday April 26, 2017 at 9am PT (12pm ET and 4pm UTC) for the “Anatomy of a Sit-Stand Company” webinar. Discover how workplace wellness and productivity is impacted by workstations, whether movement-friendly or not. Ergotron surveyed over 1,000 employees, from seven different divisions, and over 40 locations of a publicly traded corporation and is bringing the insights to you in this informative discussion.

Register now for this 45-minute live web broadcast with Ergotron’s worksite wellness expert Betsey Banker.

Wellness professionals interested in the corporate adoption of sit-stand workstations will especially benefit from this webinar.

WHY ATTEND:

  • Get a snapshot of the various impacts of traditional versus sit-stand desks in a large, multi-segment organization
  • Find out the personal impact access to movement-friendly workstations can have on sedentary employees
  • Receive a free executive summary that highlights results of the Workplace Movement Assessment

PRESENTER: Betsey Banker, CWWS, CWWPM
With over a decade of experience working for a leading manufacturer of ergonomic and sit-stand display mount solutions, Betsey has experienced firsthand the transformative impact that movement can have on worker wellbeing. [read full bio]

CAN’T ATTEND? An online recording of the live session will be available after the event.